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Cruising Super G Skis with wide, not narrow race edges?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm that east coast mesomorph old fart who cruises around on old SG skis. Except my vintage 2005 Rossi SG skies edges are paper thin and it's time to cough up and buy a new pair. Except all the SG skis I've seen have these thin narrow race edges instead of proper beefy ski edges. 

 

Any recommendations? I don't want "fat frontside freeride" skis, I want 208 narrow carving skis that'll go faster than my GS boards. I'm not a masters champ but I like going fast midweek on empty trails. 

post #2 of 15

Good luck in your search.

 

I think by defining skis as GS, SL, DH, or SG you're talking race capable.  Probably all will have 'race edges'.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
My Head GS skis have edges twice as wide as the Head SG skis. I'm looking for a more durable brand of SG ski.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Frank Petronio View Post
 

I'm that east coast mesomorph old fart who cruises around on old SG skis. Except my vintage 2005 Rossi SG skies edges are paper thin and it's time to cough up and buy a new pair. Except all the SG skis I've seen have these thin narrow race edges instead of proper beefy ski edges.

 

Any recommendations? I don't want "fat frontside freeride" skis, I want 208 narrow carving skis that'll go faster than my GS boards. I'm not a masters champ but I like going fast midweek on empty trails.

 

http://www.coloradodiscountskis.com/store/RaceRoom.html

 

Both my pairs of DH race skis have fairly thin edges.  And racers do a bunch of filing so used skis are even more thin.  There is no such thing as a race construction ski with fat edges like a twintip.

 

You may like these midfats:

 

http://www.coloradodiscountskis.com/store/product471.html

 

With a vist plate, they will outrun a GS ski on normal trails.

 

You might also try seeking out a 201cm Stockli stormrider DP or Asteroid from the early-mid '00's.  35m sidecut, 91mm waist, full race construction, ponderous swing weight and absurdly stiff.


Edited by Highway Star - 9/17/15 at 6:31am
post #5 of 15

There are no more consumer 'SG' skis, what is now sold as 'SG' is actual race equipment. Race skis are made to be fast, metal is slower than PTex, so the edge material is thin, that's just what they are. If your 2005 Rossignol ski is really from 2005 )black and gold graphic?), it would have had the same "thin narrow race edges" and you got 10 years of use out of them, right? Look on the bright side: 3+ year old race skis are cheap you can ski them for a while and replace them for pennies on the dollar what all mountain skis cost.

post #6 of 15

^^^^ Put another way, unless you follow race protocols and sharpen your edges at least once every two or three days of use, those "thin" edges will last you literally years. Moreover, I'd suggest you look hard at modern WC GS skis. Their sidecuts are a lot shallower than they used to be, they will be nearly as stable but easier to turn than your 2005 SG model. If you're heavy, and get a brand with some flex - Volkl, Rossignol, Dynastar, the moderate flex Fischers - they'll behave at speeds that are feasible in east coast trails.

post #7 of 15

I picked up used SG skis from ScotsSkier a few years ago and really enjoy ripping around on them in and out of the course. He may have some more to sell.


Edited by Snowfan - 9/17/15 at 9:11am
post #8 of 15

You will run out of trail before you run out to top end with a new 35M ski. These can be had pretty readily at a top end swap. Since FIS changed there regulations and if you MUST have SG written on the ski, there are a good amount of old NOS SG skis still around. 

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Eh it's tough, once you start free skiing them in the real world you start dinging the edges and remove a lot of material cleaning them up.... I miss the old Spauldings from the 80s ;-p pretty much Aluminum 2x4s

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Frank Petronio View Post
 

Eh it's tough, once you start free skiing them in the real world you start dinging the edges and remove a lot of material cleaning them up.... I miss the old Spauldings from the 80s ;-p pretty much Aluminum 2x4s

Because you are doing something with them that they were not designed for. They are designed to be on a fully prepped race course where there are no rocks or anything that could hurt the ski. It's like taking a F1 car on public roads and wonder why you bottom out or constantly need alignment or get 300 miles on a set of tires before they wear out. 

post #11 of 15

If you really want a 'new' ski that feels like a SG ski but has thicker edges, one of the indy brands (I think Folsom) makes a 201cm straight ski. That might be your ticket.

post #12 of 15
Id suggest a time machine and a mullet.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Frank Petronio View Post
 

I'm that east coast mesomorph old fart who cruises around on old SG skis. Except my vintage 2005 Rossi SG skies edges are paper thin and it's time to cough up and buy a new pair. Except all the SG skis I've seen have these thin narrow race edges instead of proper beefy ski edges. 

 

Any recommendations? I don't want "fat frontside freeride" skis, I want 208 narrow carving skis that'll go faster than my GS boards. I'm not a masters champ but I like going fast midweek on empty trails. 

 

A man after my own heart. I too am never happier than when I am carving big GS/SG turns on an empty piste. YIPPEE!

 

Here are a couple of leads harvested from a similar thread I started some time back

 

Head Pro 200s.

 

Or get semi custom skis made for you by Ski Logik ski company

post #14 of 15

I have a pair of Radical WC GS FIS in 182 cm for sale with still plenty of edges... At the price  I'm selling , you wont care about racing edges!

post #15 of 15

Also check out Iriponsnow's latest listing in the gear swap section.  Long Blossom GSs for sale.  You couldn't do better, and, from experience, he's very reasonable on pricing...

 

Good luck and ski FAST!!!

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