Originally Posted by ketchumjesse
thanks for the help... these skis are atomic sl 9.12 and they are yellow with texture on top.....and they are on ebay. they dont look like the 04/05 atomic sl 9 skis. i probably could pick them up for about $250 or so. ????are they still good???? how old were these ones????
Please listen up. First of all, you *really* need to fill us in on what your skiing and racing background is. IN DETAIL. I did a search on your posts and found that you're 5'10, 155 lb and 16 years old. You need to tell us: where you ski, how often, how competitive your HS racing league is, how competitive you have been in it (what place out of how many), what the courses are like, and so on. How is your technique? And most importantly, where do you want to go with your ski racing - how seriously do you want to do it, how good do you want to get, etc? Please fill us in on all that....I'm not trying to be a jerk or call you out, we just want to help.
I raced in HS and know that there's a wide range in the equipment that people ski on. Serious racers are very well equiped and are very comptetive. This used to cost alot of money. The great thing now with the internet, is that you can equip yourself with good gear for cheap.
Second, you seem to be fixated on this atomic SL:9 ski. I'm telling you right now, this is NOT the right ski if you really are going to step up your game. I have skied this ski in the 160, and while it was a fun SL carver, it is not the right ski for going fast on a rutted, icy slalom course, and absolutely the the wrong ski to run GS with. It's a *horrible* choice. Are you listening?
Ok. If you must have one ski, get something like the atomic sx11 in a 170. Beefier, and really splits the difference between SL and GS quite nicely. But, I wouldn't do that either.
Your best bet is to pick up 2 pair of used *real* race skis that fit you, like the k2's recommended above. Those atomics are going to cost you about $400 anyway, because bindings are going to cost about $150. Those k2's come with really good rossignol bindings already. All for $400! Just make sure they are in good shape with plenty of edge.
Why do you need *real* race skis, you ask? SL and GS skis are made to do one thing - make turns of a roughly a certain size, on very, very icy, *rutted* courses. They are typically heavier and damper than normal skis, and use plates to damp vibration and impact further. A real gs ski is also quite different than a SL ski, the difference in turn shape they want to make is huge. SL skis in a GS course will want to carve too short of a turn, keeping you from gaining alot of speed in a long arc.
Anyway, that's enough for now.
Oh, and find out what boots you are in. I'm guessing they suck, based on that other thread. Shop around for a good deal on like last years model of race boot, and get a good fit. You don't need a plug boot, but definitely a good top of the commercial line race boot.