Originally Posted by gkamieneski
Tell us about the R:10. There don't seem to be many of those around, mainly the R:11. Do you prefer it over the SX9?
I thought there were quite a few R10s. Anyway, I have never skied the SX9 so I can't comment. I just liked what I had read about them. As far as the R10 I really like 'em. I am an advanced intermediate...or would classify myself as a 7/8 level if one uses that rating system. I was looking for an all around ski and I know some will say there is no such thing. I am well into middle age and really didn't want a quiver full of skis...I have one pair and am happy. I weigh 220 and ski 180 length. I ski blues and some blacks if the conditions are right. They carve well...just get on edge an feel 'em turn. They ski well in hard snow, but I have not skied in powder much over two or three inches. They handle bumps well, but I have stayed away from serious moguls. I always feel in control. I haven't skied any serious crud in them either but am not worried about it. I mostly use the variozone setting "extrem", and others have said they are a little squirrley at speed at this setting; and, that the "squirliness" goes away if you set them on "speed". I feel best when I know I can turn easiest and quickest under any conditions on any slope...and speed isn't that important to me now. When really flexing in your boots, the tails come around so easily you wouldn't believe it. Another factor for me is that I like to ski with my wife, who as lots of women are, is a little timid and is most happy on greens and blues. We almost always go down the mountain together...except last week when I uneventfullly hurled down a black with confidence while she took the "easiest way" down. One little item though, is that the ski shop tuned them to a 2 degree side edge bevel and I tried them several days and they seemed ok. But, I dropped them off and asked they be re-tuned to Atomic specs of three degrees and wonder if they will be better yet. Anyway, I feel confident on them and feel that I can push them much farther if I wanted to. I have been on and off skis since the late sixties and I can say the R10s beta puls are the best I have had. I honestly plan on skiing until I am 75 years old and maybe when I get 62 years or so I will try to get someting designed just for the senior skier, but until then I am happy. (I must admit I plan on going to the "ski swap" next fall and maybe find a bargain or some SX9's.) So, if what I said makes sense and someone can find these skis from 2004, I would recommend them. Hope this answers your question.