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Volkl, Blizzard, Atomic, Rossignol Best GS ski and length?

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Looking for a GS cruiser or easy beer league cruiser and occasional NASTAR ski 17-19M for primarily long lazy swooping turns.Ski in the east on piste so it has to hold ice. Me, 67, 190lbs Level 8 on the groomers. Needs to fit my  budget so generally I buy 2 or 3 years old. Found these at a good price.

 

 

Rossignol Radical 9GS CascadeTI box. 17.8 at 174 or would you go longer?

Volkl Speedwall GS 17.5 at 175

Atomic Redster D2 17.8 at 174

Blizzard Magnum 8.0 TI just to throw it in. 17 at 172. 

 

I could ski any of these longer just dont know if I should as I do not want to work so hard I tire out. I can ski all of the below skis all day but I will say on the Tiger shark I do double the turns of the others. 

 

All of these are around $4-600. Trying to understand what length if the ski has some rocker.

 

If you pick the Volkl or Atomic should I hold on and wait for the current models, Atomic redster 3.0 and Volkl Speedwall UVO? Are they better then the model before?

 

Please give me a size with you suggestion.

 

Currently in quiver

Volkl Tigershark 174 for small eastern hills

Volkl Kendo 177 for junk

Blizzard R Power 174 for eastern ice. Its just OK, not exciting to me. Dont know why!

 

Thanks

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Looking for a GS cruiser or easy beer league cruiser and occasional NASTAR ski 17-19M for primarily long lazy swooping turns.Ski in the east on piste so it has to hold ice. Me, 67, 190lbs Level 8 on the groomers. Needs to fit my  budget so generally I buy 2 or 3 years old. Found these at a good price.

 

 

Rossignol Radical 9GS CascadeTI box. 17.8 at 174 or would you go longer?

Volkl Speedwall GS 17.5 at 175

Atomic Redster D2 17.8 at 174

Blizzard Magnum 8.0 TI just to throw it in. 17 at 172. 

 

I could ski any of these longer just dont know if I should as I do not want to work so hard I tire out. I can ski all of the below skis all day but I will say on the Tiger shark I do double the turns of the others. 

 

The 4 things marked in red make me think you should go longer, on the Redster at least.       At Level 8 you should /not/ be riding the sidecut , and, if you are, the lengths above will just perpetuate that pernicious habit.     

If your hill has any open days left at all, then, no, I don't think you should wait.      The things in blue make me think you don't realise how easy it is to modulate turn size on a modern GS and how much easier spring skiing is on a not-skied-short GS ski.

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Originally Posted by levy1 View Post
 

Looking for a GS cruiser or easy beer league cruiser and occasional NASTAR ski 17-19M for primarily long lazy swooping turns.Ski in the east on piste so it has to hold ice. Me, 67, 190lbs Level 8 on the groomers. Needs to fit my  budget so generally I buy 2 or 3 years old. Found these at a good price.

 

 

Rossignol Radical 9GS CascadeTI box. 17.8 at 174 or would you go longer?

Volkl Speedwall GS 17.5 at 175

Atomic Redster D2 17.8 at 174

Blizzard Magnum 8.0 TI just to throw it in. 17 at 172. 

 

I could ski any of these longer just don't know if I should as I do not want to work so hard I tire out. I can ski all of the below skis all day but I will say on the Tiger shark I do double the turns of the others. 

 

The 4 things marked in red make me think you should go longer, on the Roadster at least.       At Level 8 you should /not/ be riding the sidecut , and, if you are, the lengths above will just perpetuate that pernicious habit.     

If your hill has any open days left at all, then, no, I don't think you should wait.      The things in blue make me think you don't realize how easy it is to modulate turn size on a modern GS and how much easier spring skiing is on a not-skied-short GS ski.

Thank you for the reply. I am buying for next year. I do not understand what "riding the side cut" means. I go into the turn, carve a round RR track, come out of the turn and ride a flat ski to the other side. Sometimes I will rock back on the tail to accelerate my speed. 

 

My kendo at 177, 22M radius will make that beautiful turn as long as there is not to much ice. I love it under the right conditions and always in the junk. It does not have the speed I want and of course does not do well in a NASTAR cource. I would like to know if the turns are from the 177 length or the 22 radius. 

 

Do you have a opinion on any of the skis listed in terms of performance?

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Do you have a opinion on any of the skis listed in terms of performance?

 

Well, yeah, I luvs my Redsters :D ; can't speak to the others.

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And your length and weight?
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