I've tried to look up the answer on the internet, but I couldn't find it, so I'm hoping for an input from you guys.
I've seen quite a few websites nowdays who sell slalom FIS skis. My question is, are these really race stock models, or is it another marketing stunt? Some five years ago I bought from a racer some Atomic SL, which were really incredible, only that they were 158 and a bit too short for me. But the stability and agressiveness of the skis blew my mind, they couldn't even be compared with the "race" slalom models sold in the shops. I changed them a couple of years ago for some Head SL RD, bought from an online website, which were told to be the real slalom race ski from Head. However, I didn't get nearly as much joy from skiing them as i did from the Atomics. I felt they didn't initiate the turn as fast and don't hold the edge and give the security feeling that I had on the Atomics.
Now I see in many online shops that they sell slalom FIS skis, but I'm not sure if these are really the race stock skis or some "tougher" cheater SL skis. Does anyone have an answer to this dilema?
Also, if these are all real race skis, do you have any recommendation as regards the manufacturer? I loved the Atomics and didn't feel much joy with the Heads. Any input is highly welcome.
Thanks a lot,