I took the RX8 in 170 cm out today. They have taken over top place in my demo list so far. I'm 165 lbs, 5'8.5" tall. I had my daughter with me today, and another friend along for some of the time, so I wasn't able to rip all day long, but I did get a few quick spurts through what passes for steep bumps in Ontario Canada. Funny thing, I don't mind
: when you are led down by blue square signs for a promissing run, only to find the blue run closed and the only way down left open is the most difficult run at the mountain
: , but my daughter seems strangely upset by it
The RX8s work just fine in the bumps. They are NOT unweildy. Comparing them to last years 9S Oversize, I have to admit that were I playing video-game-like "bump tetris" in very closely packed small bumps, I might, just might, be able to make more turns per minute with the Rossis, but not by much and the Fishers felt better doing it. The RX8s also felt a lot better going at faster speeds; they felt smoother, and somehow more secure. High speed carved turns of small and medium radius is definately the strong suit for these skis. If I were racing through bumps, I would be happiest on the RX8s.
Though I didn't get a chance to take them up to insane speeds, I had them up to what most people would regard as at least reckless
. They will easily handle any speed I can remember having seen anyone ski on a ski hill outside of a closed dh or sg race course. It is true that you would want more edge on the snow if your were racing a sg or maybe even a gs, but for recreational skiing these are all you need. While they may not carve quite as smooth a long radius turn at sg speeds as a dedicated LR ski, they will scarve higher speed LR turns just fine, and they carve everything else like a knife through soft butter.
They felt really solid and smooth, blasting over scraped off ice, turning in the scraped up piles of snow, turning on hardpack, and ripping through the steeper blue and black runs with only tiny bumps using "terrain ignoration". In fact their high-speed feel puts them a step above the Rossi 9S IMHO.
The RX8s can also make nice smooth turns when you are going slow! No matter what speed, fast or slow these skis feel good. Mind you, you have to make an awful lot of short radius turns not to pass some of the people you are supposed to be following. It is very hard for me to resist the temptation to say "enough!", and let these skis run.
Just a note: these skis seem very eager to turn. You might think that they need to be turning all the time, and I admit they are happiest when on edge, but they can run straight. I noticed when straight-lining the beginner hill at the end of a run (saving momentum for the long run-out to the other lift) that every little terrain irregularity tended to make them want to start a turn, not forcefully, more like a puppy begging to go here or there all the time. Putting more weight on the fronts did not help BUT putting your weight more to the rear in this situation will make them straighten up and let you relax.
It was a treat to actually make some turns in snow for a change (Last two days, all I found was ice and hardpack). My daughter had trouble in the bumps of "snow"; she can ski the ice just fine.
PS. I noticed on my way up the stairs to the bar at the end of the day that my weight had doubled during the day, and I only had a burger and poutine for lunch