My 15y/o 5'6" 120lbs. can keep up with the girls on there GS skis, when he is on his Atomic 9.12 in 140cm. When the girls asked my son how he kept up with them, he said, "these are Atomic's, they're beefy skis". The girls are top J3 racers, not just any girls. If can you get Atomic's at a good price you should look at the newer SL11's or may be the SL9's.
He has his eye on a pair this years SL11's 150cm when one of the J2's gets new SL skis this coming fall. He can also get his R11's in 170cm to arc as tight as his 9.12's. He has great technique.
Have you looked at the SX11 or SX9 ?
I have demoed long SL skis and have like them as a all mountain ski as well as finding that a short GS ski is a good all mountain ski.
[ March 11, 2003, 07:53 AM: Message edited by: smithby ]