All of these skis are good. Just grab the ones you like. demo some. K2 has some very nice race skis out for next year. Take a look at their web site.
Are you racing? If not, why then race skis? Race skis are specific. They will fall short if used for all mountain. Sometimes we go for race skis because it strokes our egos. Not meant to be a salm on you at all! ok? I don't race therefore I don't buy a race ski, even though my ego tries to tell me I gotta have the stiffest, the spendiest, the fastest ski around.
If you race look at the new K2 line. They are very impressive. Also, in their ads they tell you what kind of wood is used in each, not just the word... 'wood' like some other vendors! Volkl has good oones. Try Bandit XXX's, very stiff, very fast. Dynamic had a straight ski years ago which will still give most skis today a good run for their money... the VR 27's. The 17's had edges come off; the 29's dlaminated, but the 27's were incredible. I used to have a pair... talk about high speed stability! Wow! Why don't I have them anymore? Burned them up in a car fire!
The deeper the sidecut, the easier itis to turn. these skis today take 66% less energy than straight skis. My Mod X's (incredible ski) has a 16mm side cut. For racing go a little less. Say 14mm.
You ski these 10 to 15cm's shorter than a straight ski. Teh ski will have the high speed stability of a 10-15cm longer ski.
Ski length should come to just over your head, give or take a couple of cm's. The tip or shovel should curl over your head just as your forhead curls into your scalp. Go a bit longer if you care more for high speed carves and GS or super GS, or downhill racing, than you do short turns and slalom racing.
You might like the Mod X Pro's from K2. 2 sheets of titanium, very stiff ski.
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[This message has been edited by jyarddog (edited April 19, 2001).]</FONT>