I am a 43 year old male, 5'10" tall and weigh-in at 165 lbs. I have been skiing for a few decades, consider myself to be a somewhat less than expert, go pretty much everywhere and make it out alive, average type of skier. I don't get out nearly enough and ever since "the incident" have traded my 198 Rossi 7S's for a short pair (188) of the same.
Late last season I finally decided to switch from my old straight slalom skis to something more shapely. Mostly because my trusty steed's have finally lost their spring and need to be put out of their misery. (There will be a wake).
I tried some Atomic R:11's, wow do they ever rock your socks on the icy front side, but not so hot where I love to play; in the bumps, trees, pow, generally off-piste, big mountain steeps. Despite what the ad's say.
Tried the highly recommended and much bally-hoed Rossi B2's, yeah well that's nice, yawn
:, perhaps it's the huge sweet spot that put me to sleep. They're OK I guess, but a little less than the awe inspiring super ski that the hype would have you believe. You could almost say that they are lazy. I prefer my dates a little friskier.
Then, just as a lark, I tried a pair of Sugar Daddy's. The demo dude did not have "my" length, whatever that is these days, so I took a pair of 163's for a ride. What an absolute blast! I went places with them and did things I haven't been able to do for years, and probably shouldn't ever have done in the first place. Maybe it was a function of the short length, but they were light, responsive and just plain FUN. In the bumps, through steep tree's and over chopped-up spring crud, they had me smiling the whole day. At warp speed down the Men's Downhill boiler-plate at Lake Louise, not so hot, but then that's not what they are for, is it. Who would have thunk it? That in crappy snow at the end of the season a short, fat sweetheart could make me feel 20 years younger
. I only wish that we had some fresh powder to roll around in.
So now I'm thinking of a more Rubenesque* rather than shapely ski and I'm itching to try some of the other voluptuous models out there.
Just as soon as we get a decent dump I plan to be trying some Rossi B3's, Elan 888's, Stockli Snake, perhaps the Atomic Stomp's or Rossi Scratch BC's for kicks, or maybe even Volkl T-Rock's if the local dealer will let some out for a day with AT bindings. Should be able to find a good deal on some R:EX's. Dynastar's, Fischer's, Salomon's, so many choices. Where to start or better yet where to end up.
I can't justify a whole quiver of skis and I still need a decent enough all-rounder so I'll avoid the super fats.
I think my biggest issue will be nailing down the length, the testing will be the fun part. Any recommendations on skis and length are welcome; I'm thinking 173?
Whatever the outcome I'll try to post my review's as I go along.
I do know that I would be happy with some SD's for a couple of seasons.
* Thanks to SKI