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Slalom race ski advice

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There are quite a lot of good deals out there now for prior season race skis, which got me thinking about equipment again.

 

About me:  37 y/o, 5'8", 149lbs, slim athletic build.  The upcoming season will be my 3rd year training / racing masters.

 

During my first season, I trained on the Rossi E-ST 162cm.  I felt that it was a great ski for a newbie masters racer.  During my second season, I moved up to the Rossi FIS SL at 165cm.  It was a pretty steep learning curve but I felt like I handled it well OUTSIDE the course - i.e. during free skiing and drills.  In the course I am not consistent enough - the feedback I got was that I tend to turn in too late.  Stuff were happening really fast in my mind and I am not at the point of reacting with muscle memory yet. 

 

So, I am thinking... would I be better off with a 157/158cm FIS SL?  Some pretty good deals out there right now.  I am still building my foundation skills.  I think I can certainly benefit from a shorter ski that may slow things down a bit in my mind - turn in easier and quicker, easier to slide / pivot out of trouble, etc.  But, maybe I should stick with what I have, 165cm FIS SL, just force myself to learn on that.

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I am anticipating some really good information will be posted here. I am also a new sl skier and at 185 pounds I chose the atomic SL158 FIS ski to learn on. This was recommended by coaches on this forum who knew something of my technique and ability. I have not skied it yet and I don't know if it's right for you but I'm excited about the prospect of learning SL gates with it without being over my head.
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Galun,  you are fairly light for a Master.  the 158 might be a good stepping stone for you while you work at mastering slalom.  quite normal to feel the 165 is better outside the course and that is a great stepping stone.  The 158 might help you make quicker moves in the course and you can always switch uo to the 165 when you are ready.  not an unusual quandary, i spent years switching back and forth!  

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Colorado Discount has the Atomic FIS 158 with a racing din16 binding, 2015 for $419
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Colorado Discount has the Atomic FIS 158 with a racing din16 binding, 2015 for $419

 

Yeah I saw that, that's what I am considering.  

 

But the color on the bindings doesn't match :)  It's a salomon binding.

 

Ideally I can find a pair of used X12 VAR... but they are tough to find.

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Originally Posted by Galun View Post
 

 

Yeah I saw that, that's what I am considering.  

 

But the color on the bindings doesn't match :)  It's a salomon binding.

 

Ideally I can find a pair of used X12 VAR... but they are tough to find.


any used X series binding is hard to find.  And even at 149#, get the X16, not the X12.  what color do you want?  I have a new in box pair of atomic X16s, yellow IIRC.

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Atomic/Solly....are the same binding no? Much like the "Fisher/Head/Tyrolia" freeflex race bindings.

 

I'm 5'6" and 165lbs (consider myself a stronger skier) and prefer the women's 155/158 lengths over the 165 myself when in the course.

I actually like a stiffer 155 given the geometry (slightly smaller radius) and shorter length make it just that much forgiving.  Have yet to see a set where I thought to myself "I really could use the 165 right now".

 

 

If I were to free ski, the 165 is much more versatile as it's more stable with higher speeds and longer turn arcs.....but I didn't get my 155s to free ski in.  I have another few skis for that!

 

I suspect at the WC level, if given a choice more men (especially the smaller ones) would prefer to be in a 155/158 type length in the race course.

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any used X series binding is hard to find.  And even at 149#, get the X16, not the X12.  what color do you want?  I have a new in box pair of atomic X16s, yellow IIRC.

Yeah definitely interested.  Sent you a PM.  Thanks.

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