Has anybody used this as recreational ski? What can you tell me about it?
Originally Posted by NZskier
The Salomon 3V PWA is FIS compliant at 112-65-100 in 155cm and 165cm. That's considerably less sidecut than the non-fis compliant non-race stock versions.
Its also less sidecut than the Dynastar and Volkl semi-racestock-non-fis compliant skis. The P60 and Omeglass 64s.
I'm an instructor in NZ and looking for a slalom ski to do quick, fall line turns, aiming to move into carved short radius on tight slopes.
Are FIS compliant skis not side cut enough to carve a short radius turn at non-WC speeds?
Originally Posted by D(C)
The FIS only regulates length (155/165) but there's no rules regarding sidecut or radius.
You see expert freeskiing slalom skis with larger sidecut than versions designed to actually ski gates because racers tend to be better at exerting force on thier skis. Racers are able to bend a straighter ski to make it turn enough to get through a course, whereas a less efficient expert on those same skis may not be able to make them turn slalom radius very easily. For that reason, expert all-mountain slalom skis are designed to make turning slalom more accessible.
However, race stock slaloms are getting quite shaped, some with tips as large as 119 (the Salomon LAB). So I guess the benefits of more shape can be felt by everyone.
The Salomons you are referring to are not race stock. They are a consumer slalom ski with gates in mind, whereas the Equipe 10 SC is a freeskiing slalom ski.
In terms of whether you're better off on a gate-specific ski or a more freeskiing oriented ski, that's a matter of choice. The best thing to do would be to demo. I would imagine that you would be satisfied with the amount you are able to turn any type of slalom ski.
Originally Posted by dchan
I guess the new graphic shows more info now (04-05 and 05-06)
On my new skis, in the yellow area it says RACE.
On the consumer version it says Equip.
On the lab skis look at the Lifter plate. If it's a Lab it says it there.
All three of these say 10.3V