Great finding this place while shopping for new equipment. I'm going to just throw some stuff out here and would appreciate any feedback that anyone has on any of it. Might need some older skiers to chime in.
First some background:
Living in VA (grew up in Western NY) with a family I haven't been skiing much over the last 15 years or so. Having said that I'm an advanced/expert skiier. Having said that, I just had knee-replacement surgery for a knee that's been bad for at least 10 years. I weigh ~250, although athletic, and am 6'2". I love carving, have strong legs when I can exercise them which I haven't been able to do in recent years, but should be able to again shortly after my knee heals. I'm also 53 in May.
My last, and current, LOL, set of gear are Volkl P-9's (late '80s) slalom that I've refused to give up and used to race on. I'll never ditch them, they're great. 203's. Tyrolia 490 bindings, which is probably irrelevant to the discussion.
What I'll probably be skiing in the future are groomed blue/black runs helping my kids on technique a lot of the time, but wanting to do some nice carving on my own as well. Even after the knee-replacement, my favorite activity of pounding moguls probably isn't a good idea so despite the urge I'll probably avoid doing that. Still, if the knee allows, and I'm told it will, I'd love nothing more than a fast downhill with lots of turns.
So to the questions/guidance:
1. Looking at some Fischer RC4 WC GS skis at 188/190. Here's where I'm a bit puzzled. My P-9's have ~ an 86mm tip and 65 mm waist. They cut like a champ! So why would GS skis at ~95mm tip and similar waist, claiming a 30-35 m "radius," cut any less? The curvature of the ski is greater. I can't stand the extreme shape skis as the few I've tried simply weren't for me. I'd rather have my P-9's in a NY second.
2. I'm reading all of the "warnings" about how fast these skis, and some other Volkl's that I'm looking at are, at least in some measure because of the stiffness. But at 250, and even 230 as I'll probably get down to once I heal and at a "desired" weight, seems to me some extra stiffness would be good. "Back in the day" I always used to shop skis particularly for stiffness and wood cores.
Do I need to be concerned/cautious about this? Have things changed that much? My first thought is a racing stiff ski. Am I off? Seems to me you can control the speed with additional turns and the sidecut is greater than on my old P-9's, so again, not sure why they wouldn't turn as well, which was better than 30-35 m.
3. What's with the rockered tips? I don't get the whole full-rocker thing at all except in crap and powder, or for novice skiers maybe, so that's out, but are rockered tips, like even the high-end Volkl's now make, good or not-so-good for skiers of my type? I'm leaning away, particularly on a "shorter" since the carving edge is reduced.
In short, at 6'2"/230-250, rockered tip or full camber? Leaning, heavily, towards the latter like in the "good ole days."
4. Lastly, are bindings interchangeable these days? I realize that most skis come with the bindings, but the ones I'm looking at are just the skis.
For example, can I take some high-end Freeflex Fischer bindings and put them on Volkl skis?
Do skis of that caliber automatically come with race-plates, or do those need to be purchased separately? What about interchanging bindings on race-plates?
Any experience/feedback would be appreciated.
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