Anyone ridden the 182? Captain Kirk can you tell me how much is the difference to the 175?
Ski will be 95% for free skiing on machine made snow - usually really hard with a bit soft crap on top. 5% some beer league GS races.
I recently demoed the Head I GS RD 176 (23m) and 186 (25-27m not sure). While the 176 was very easy to ski for me and I would have liked a bit longer ski (though not really harder - as I liked the soft flex which I could still push to very small radii) - the 186 was far too much. I couldn't get it to turn before going seriously fast. I'm on my way back 10month after ACL surgery - so will probably still pick up a couple of kilos (right now at 66kg - 145lbs) and muscles and 180cm (5.9feet).
I really don't want a ski like the Head 186 for everyday (it's the second longest Master model Head makes - and made for male adult hobby racers) - I simply cannot flex it and it skies me. Is the 182 significantly stiffer than the 175 model? Too bad but cannot find any shop for a demo. If the 182 is simply a bit longer than the 175 but still softer than the adult versions - it would suit me perfectly fine. Just afraid I get too much of a ski with it.
The only Rossi GS I could demo was the 183 Hero Elite Ti - that one was fine flexwise for me - but edgehold a bit lacking - and well with 70 underfoot it simply is a bit too tame.
I already ski a Rossi FIS stock 165 slalom and that ski is simply too hard for me. But well it's FIS stock, not normal race stock and even before my ACL injury it was actually a bit too much ski for gates (though quite fine outside - still a bit softer would suit me just fine).
Also does anyone know if the Rossi GS 170/175/182 come with full size edges or with thinner edges? I love the thick edges on the Hero Elite models - not sure if they come on the FIS versions too. My FIS slalom came with super thin edges (like half size of the Hero Elite in width, same in height) which are on top super soft. I need to resharpen them every 15K meters downhill (or 45.000 feet vert)
Edited by extremecarver - 12/14/16 at 11:56am