Hi guys & gals - appreciate in advance any assistance that you may provide. Sorry for the long post...
Quick background...raced high level FIS until mid-late 90s and then coached for a couple years. Then made (according to my father) the evil switch to the snowboard and have enjoyed many amazing seasons doing that. Looking to get back into skiing now but having a hard time understanding what might be best for me. My last days on snow were spent with 198 Rossi race stock GS skis with derbyflex/plates under Course K race stock boots. Absolutely loved both :)
I actually skied three days during the 2014 winter in Fernie - first time since '98 or '99. Rented a pair of Head Supershape Magnums...first in 170 (which felt way too short) and quickly switched to the 177 which still felt a little skiddish at first but got used to them and was pretty happy in the end. No idea what boot I had but I think it was mid-market Head. Felt pretty good with the 177 magnums and was able to crank some pretty fast GS turns.
Most of my time will be spent skiing in the East (Ontario/Tremblant/NE US) and I enjoy fast GS on groomers (big mountain trips will still be on the snowboard).
I would like a race ski (that's really all I know) and am drawn to the Head line. Thinking about the WC Rebel iRace. It seems like the 175cm (15.3m ski) is likely the right size but wondering whether the 180cm (16.2m) makes more sense given that I felt comfortable on the 177 magnums (14.2m)? My height is 5.9 and I weigh 165. Or, should I think about something like the i Speed Pro which is an 18m ski in 180?? Anyone have any experience with either? I assume the i Race might be a little more versatile?? While I enjoyed the Magnums I am almost positive I want something more race inspired.
As for boots, no idea what the equivalent in today's flex to my older race boots. I'm tempted by the Raptor 140 RS or would the 120 RS make more sense? Whatever my rental boot was in Fernie, felt pretty soft and conservative.
Again - thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have. Always nice to draw on the experience of others!!