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Head iSL RD 2002-03 vs. Rossi 9S WC oversize 2002

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I need a new pair of slalom skis. Last year I raced on the rossi 9s world cup oversize (the ones with a round tip) in 150, and I thought they were great. Now, I weigh 130 pounds (20 pounds more than last year) and I'm 5'8" (5'5" last year). I found a good deal on a pair of 2002-03 Head iSL RD in 156. Will this be too much ski for me? I could also get another pair of last year's rossi's. Which would be better for me?
Thanks,
Gabe

[ November 16, 2003, 04:57 PM: Message edited by: Gabe ]
post #2 of 6
Well I have the 03 9S WC and I like them except for there weight. If you want to get another rossi, get a 03 pair on ebay instead of the 02.
post #3 of 6
The 9s Oversize you were on sounds like a great ski for you. The Head i.SL RD is a true race stock slalom ski, and you will find it punnishing at your weight i think. You may want to look at the regular i.SL (no RD) as this is their retail model race ski. You should be able to stick with the same or close to the same length - as you probably need a little more length with your added height. The head will also leave room for you to gain weight and not really effect its performance (other than making it easier to control and turn as you get heavier). The Rossi will definitely still work for you though, and you may actually find it easier to ski on now that you are heavier. I skied the WC version of the ski you have (the one BB was referring to) and to tell you the truth it was not an easy ski to ski on at all. I weighed 145lbs at the time, and it tossed me around a lot. I have not skied it recently, but i would imagine now that i have gained ten pounds that it would be a much easier ski to ski on... if you can control them in a 150, they are amazingly quick.
Hope that helps a little.
Later
GREG
post #4 of 6
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Originally posted by HeluvaSkier:
...The Head i.SL RD is a true race stock slalom ski, and you will find it punnishing at your weight i think. ...GREG
A 156 slalom ski punishing. That's so damn funny. you need to Try some VO slaloms. I have skied both the 160 iSL and the 156 iSL RD both are fun and easy to ski. The iSL RD has more edge power and a is less versatile though.

Gabe
Stick with the 150 for at least the beginning of the season. The Rossignol Race department J3 (13-14 year old)chart says if you are 120-150+lbs (J3s over 120lbs) you should be on 150cm. The next part of the chart is for J1/J2/masters men it says for 120-170lbs you should be on a 155. A 150 lb J1/J2/masters woman racer should be on a 150.

The size chart from the Head racing dept says 127-147lbs puts you into a 151 SL team.

5"8" and 130 lbs means that you are probably still growing, so stay with the 150, maybe for the whole year. Also have your coach check to see wether you can flex your boots, you probably have big stiff boots for your weight.

Unless you are racing FIS then a minimum 165cm slalom ski is required.
post #5 of 6
Just for comparison's sake, I'm 5'8, 165 lbs and I'll be on a new pair of 2002-03 i SL RD's at the 156 length. I demoed the ski a number of times last year and found it ideal for myself. I also ski on a relatively small and flat hill and consequently I found it diffcult to test the ski to its limit. If you ski on decent terrain, it might very well be ok for you. Unless of course, as mentioned before, you're racing FIS this year.
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Gabe
Stay on the 150 until you have gained another 20 or so pounds. You are still a growing kid wait for your muscle to catch up with your height before getting a longer ski.

Nord

Edited to play nice

[ November 26, 2003, 12:20 AM: Message edited by: NordtheBarbarian ]
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