Need Advice on possible RX8 PurchaseHello Guys,
I am new here and have a few questions that I am hoping you folks can help me with. I have been skiing on tractional 200cm slalom skis for the last 20 years and am thinking about getting some new skis. I ski in New Hampshire and am a fairly aggressive skier. I really like to mix it up with some tight powerful turns on the steep stuff and long radius turns on intermediate terrain. What I like about my traditional slalom skis is the ability to make quick turns on hard packed snow when I want to but also the versatility to make large radius turns by using less edge angle.
Now that brings me to what modern day ski would suite my needs best. I used to work in a ski shop and was really into the scene up to about 8 years ago so the whole shaped ski thing is new to me. I have been told two very interesting things by ski shop employees that I was hoping to get some feedback on.
First I was told that shaped skis are not as versatile as non shaped skis when it comes to turn radius. Is this true? Secondly, I was told that hardly any body skis on race skis anymore since they have to conform to certain FIS rules when it comes to construction and dimensions which limit there usefulness. I have read about some skis being legal and that sort of thing but what disadvantage do race skis really have due to these rules? My first instinct when shopping for new skis was to take a look at the new slalom models but perhaps that is no longer the way to go. When I read all of these great reviews on the Fisher RX8 I don't see anybody mentioning the Fisher race skis. For instance how would the Fisher WorldCup SC or RC skis compare to the RX8s? I notice the SCs and RCs are on sale for a little over $300 which seems cheap by today's standards. Any advice you care to share would be greatly appreciated.