|actually quite a few kids in this country are not even close to being ready for adult construction skis but still require the length,
I'ld be happy to say that I am able to bend those 186 GS skis. (dunno what flex)
But at 65 kilos I am probabely more at junior specs anyway (however some of the kids were definitely below 40 kilos on the 176cm). I had the same probs on racing snowboards too. Hard to find a long and not too stiff board. To freeski those proper GS11 feel great. But I did not manage efficiently enough to cross under. Cross over worked good.
for slalom race skis I think it is easier. Till now I could turn every slalom ski through the rare slalom gates (Race stock, Fischer, Atomic and Snowrider) Maybe I should try to adapt skiing technique, but my snowboard technique works great on skis with little adaptions regarding upper body.
In my opinion the GS11 is a great ski, but you have to adapt your technique a bit to the ski. Once you beginn the turn, it locks you in, no skidding even on the worst ice. To finish the turn I needed to cross over actively, pushing through my legs. I did not find a way to do a quickly cross under.
On the SG I really felt lost.
Mark: great input. You really know what is inside those Atomics. Happy to have someone like you here too. There has been one person I always trusted regarding skis specs, Ivan - Checkracer, you're now on the list too.
BTW: Quite a lot of kids did gain speed on the Atomics 176. Most gained about one second compared to their old 165ish GS skis. The course was not really hard, but definitely not easy. 2 times really unflat surface, one little jump (on which one was supposed to change direction). Most were really satisfied.