Thanks CanuckInstructor for the info on how much the liquid metal makes, or doesn't make, a difference.
Scalce: Sorry to load you up with too many requests, but please try to get on the SL Chips too. I have skied both the pre 06' RD and Chip and know their differences, but heard that the 06 models are somewhat different - and different from each other in a different way - besides the liquid metal. I need to know whether to buy this years model (also can be had cheap now) or to wait for the 06' - and which one. Thanks.
By the way, I demoed a lot of Slalom skis when in Switzerland last week, and got to ski the Fischer SC (they love racing skis in Europe, especially Slaloms, so there is a ready supply. It is a mix of the culture and the conditions [more like the US Eastcoast]. Try finding a slalom ski - even to purchase - at Snowbird or Alta). Anyway, I liked the ski, but more as an allaround free ski than a real slalom performer. It has less sidecut. It was more stable and comfortable in a longer turn and less nervous in a straight run out than full on slaloms, but definately less quick and with less rebound. It is a compromise. I prefer to choose my game of the day and go with a more powerful tool, even if more specialized. I have the 1100 RDs for greatness at one end, and would want a fuller Slalom for the other end. My favorites were the two Heads, but I had trouble choosing between the RD and the Chip. The chip itself is somewhat of a compromise vs the full on RD but in a different way. The RD was a more powerful carver and more stable at speed, but also more demanding of both my attention and leg muscle - even w/ a good skeletal technique. The Chip was still however better at a small radius turn than the Fischer SC. My secong favorite SL was the Volkl SC Racing. It was very similar to the Chip.
So, I guess I'm still encouraging you, in the direction that you are now considering, to take the 1200s (or as the Canuckstor says, even the 1100) in a longer length, and then get a good slalom too. But, fill us in on all after your next demo day.