|Originally posted by RichKotite:
Thanks for your feedback, the S line would be out of my level. I am a solid intermediate-advanced intermediate. I am in no way an expert skier. I ski in the northeast, and I am 51 now, I am not a 24 year old that is going at blazing speed. Probably for a 51 year old solid intermediate, the Integra is a good choice for me...Perhaps in another year or two, I will move up to the S line....
They make 3 levels of S-series ski. The S8 is more of a relaxed cruising ski, for the moderate energy all-mountain skier. An aggressive skier would overpower the S8. The S10 is more of a performance-oriented, do anything at most any speed for the a high intermediate all the way up to expert. It is still forgiving and relaxed enough to cruise, but can really boogie with the right input. The S12 Fusion is a fast, relatively demanding expert ski-compares to the Atomic SX11 and Volkl 6-star. High performance, but needs good skills and lots of energy. The whole S series is very "modern", designed to ski at shorter lengths and ski easier than skis with this amount of performance have a right to. An Integra-series ski would be much softer, and therefore you would probably be looking at a longer length to get some stability/performance. It won't be anywhere near as fun as a more performance-oriented S series in a shorter length. It boils down to: do you want a softer ski in a longer length that is more work; or a higher-performance ski in a shorter length that is easier to ski? That is what the new technology/shapes/sizes give us!
I think you would be very happy with the S10. Peter Keelty calls it "S12 lite" which is probably exactly what you are looking for. A forgiving, yet high-performance ski that will grow with you. The Elan rep I ski with prefers the S10 over the S12, due to the fact that it isn't as demanding of high-energy skiing, yet is still a capable performer. The Integra series is pretty low-end these days-unless you are pretty casual, I wouldn't recommend it. An older Integra ski would be of higher performance, but a definite downgrade from the S series-those Integra designs are 2-3 years old (that is a LONG time when talking about ski evolution-skis evolve almost as fast as computers these days!)