TAG jr's skis have seen their last tune, so, much to his delight, it's time to replace his 10 year old 173 Fischer RC4 WC GS skis that he got when he graduated high school with something newer. So, Dad here is doing some digging to see just what looks promising. First, he is a good solid racer, but we only do our local beer league and NASTAR. He's about 5'-7", @170lbs, and a consistent low 10's in terms of handicaps (which for his age group, puts him just outside of platinum's). He does some occasional Masters training.
He thinks he needs to stay with a FIS type ski like his old Fischer's; however, I keep telling him that FIS skis today are nothing like the FIS-type ski he has been on for the last 10 years and he needs to look at so-called 'cheater' skis, like I ski on, especially given that nearly all of his race days will be spent on our local midwest 'mountains' which means short, 18M type courses.
From what I can see out there, looks like there are a few brands that make 3 levels of citizen race skis: a FIS compliant ski, a 'Masters' ski, and then a cheater ski, while most seem to make just a FIS stamped ski and a Non-FIS ski. Could be that I'm pigeon-holing these incorrectly, but, from what I can see and also what I've had the chance to ski myself, I'm leaning towards the Rossignol Hero Master in a 175 or the Blizzard WRC also in a 175. Both of these seem to fit in that 1 step above the cheater ski category and land in the @18M radius area. Other suggestions for skis to consider? While I'm tempted to get him on another pair of Fischer's, he has skied on my 7 year old RC4 WC RC Pro's, and didn't like them in the gates. Not sure if this year's version, now just the RC4 WC RC, is significantly different to warrant another look.