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Switching to a new brand of FIS Slalom skis

post #1 of 4
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Hi guys,

 

I'm a Belgian racer, and it's time for me to get a new pair of FIS Slalom skis. 

Since I started racing about 7 years ago I've always been using Fischer skis. I always felt good with that brand, so when I needed new skis I just bought Fischer, without looking at other brands. However, now I don't want to limit my choice even though I'm still very happy about my Fischer skis. 

 

I also still want to use my old pair of Fischer Slalom skis as well as a pair from 2 years ago for training, but I'm just looking for a new race ski. Do you guys think it's a good idea to train with Fischer for instance, and do races with Rossignol, Dynastar, Atomic, Völkl, Salomon, or any other brand?

 

A guy from the club also told me that some brands are made totally different than other ones (other internal structure, materials, etc.) even if they're all made for Slalom (FIS) and should actually do the same thing... If it's true what he told me, what brands would be similar or identical to Fischer, and which ones would feel quite different? 

 

Can anyone give me some advice about this?

 

Thanks and sorry for my non-native English :-D. 

 

Greg

post #2 of 4
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Anyone? :-)

post #3 of 4

I think your friend is right. different brands may be too different for training and racing .  I think an analogy would be a BMW and an Audi. Both are fine luxury performance cars and while it would be easy enough to go for a drive around the block, doing laps on the track will expose the differences in the two, it may be difficult to switch from one to the other and have to relearn the subtleties

post #4 of 4
There is no real issue with using a different brand for training. There will be small differences in feel between different brands but unless you are a 20 point racer I suspect that it will not be a huge issue. There is more likely to be a difference between a 2 year old used ski and a new one in terms of edge hold and rebound than between brands. That is why a lot of racers now alternate between 2 pairs rather than having a race and training pair in order to keep them similar in performance
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