Chas - thanks for the offer, I'm seriously considering it. My concerns, however, are twofold:
1. With the WC or race stock version of the ski, to what extent will the ski be less versatile than the retail stock? Although I'm looking for the hard snow grip and gate-running capabilities of the SL:11, I'm also excited about its versatility and don't want to give this up. Will moving to the WC or race stock version reduce its versatility?
2. Length. I want to make sure 165 isn't too long. I'm 6'1", 180 lbs, expert skier and former racer, but I've heard this ski needs to be skied very short, and as a result, most racers tend to go for 157s. Any thoughts on this?
Also - a few questions: How, if at all, does "WC" differ from "Race Stock" or are the terms used interchangably? Also, where does the 39/28 flex fall in relation to other flex options? Is this ski extra stiff or just plain stiff? Finally, please confirm that the skis you're selling are indeed the 2004 model.
Thanks again - any insight you can provide would be most appreciated.