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post #1 of 8
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Hello dear epicski community,
I am a very new member and impressed that you guys have great knowledge and experience so I would like see what you guys can suggest me. 
I am just selected to University's ski race team but have no race experience so they will provide us Volkl Racetiger Speedwall Fis Sl skis 2013/2014 and Dalbello 130... I consider myself as an advaced skier so my question is 
I bought elan amphibio waveflex 14(2014)skis, Rossignol Zenith Pro 120 flex (2009) last year and I skied on them about 45 days last year and like them very much but now I am thinking to switch Atomic doubledeck SL 3.0 skis cause this year I will be working a lot on my technique so should i go with elan or switch to Atomic or I should forget about them and ski with volkl skis and dalbello boots everyday in my training.

post #2 of 8
Hi - Couple of questions: What's the size of your local hill/training area, and will you be expected to later also race GS? If you're doing SL alone, then suspect you'll be getting plenty of instruction and practice in regular training. Just keep your Speedwalls sharp. Your Elan's should work fine for what additional recreational skiing you'll be doing, and the odd lesson you may get, but in all honesty, you won't be doing much recreational skiing, period.
post #3 of 8

Hi

 

I dont know if you should switch brands but I can tell you a couple of things:

1) The Atomic D2 3.0 SL is a much superior ski to those Elans. The Elans are nice high intermediate skis, but the D2 is a top ski, thinner at the waist quicker edge to edge, beefier, its a thing of beauty

2) The D2 SL will be similar to the FIS, slightly shorter radius and easier to handle (note the atomic FIS SL does not have the double deck)

 

If money is not a concern and the length is rght, why not, but you will get a FIS SL ski, would you need another one? Maybe get something more different to the skis you already have, so to cover a larger "array of snow conditions", lets say?

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thank you for replying.  In total ski resort has about 25 km blue, 50 km red and 25 black runs but I will be mostly skiing on one of the red runs. Yes I am expected to race Gs too. 

post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by IceCookie View Post
 

Hi

 

I dont know if you should switch brands but I can tell you a couple of things:

1) The Atomic D2 3.0 SL is a much superior ski to those Elans. The Elans are nice high intermediate skis, but the D2 is a top ski, thinner at the waist quicker edge to edge, beefier, its a thing of beauty

2) The D2 SL will be similar to the FIS, slightly shorter radius and easier to handle (note the atomic FIS SL does not have the double deck)

 

If money is not a concern and the length is rght, why not, but you will get a FIS SL ski, would you need another one? Maybe get something more different to the skis you already have, so to cover a larger "array of snow conditions", lets say?


Thank you, what you are saying makes a lot of sense to me but if I train on FIS sl and attend the race with the same skis, can it be a problem cause skiing lets say 30 days on FIS sl before race can it decrease the performance of skis?

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Thank you, what you are saying makes a lot of sense to me but if I train on FIS sl and attend the race with the same skis, can it be a problem cause skiing lets say 30 days on FIS sl before race can it decrease the performance of skis?

A good guideline to follow is to practice as you race. You want to train on the equipment you're using for races so you know how it feels in different conditions. And if the school is providing those skis, surely your concern shouldn't be about their longterm longevity.

post #7 of 8

^^^ This, just keep your skis tuned and don't worry about longevity. Assume they will provide GS's in time, too. 

post #8 of 8

If your boots fit properly there is no reason to change. The most important piece of equipment is a good fitting boot. I would change only if yours are sloppy and the Dalbellos have a better fit.. The bindings can be easily adjusted to match your boots. As for the skis, it depends on what discipline you will be racing. If GS, I recommend to stay with your own skis. If slalom, go with the Volkls.

 

Karl

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