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post #1 of 20
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Need Salomon Steetracer 10 opinions quick! Thanks! (non pilot version)



I recently got an amazing off season deal a pair of demos but have never demoed this actual ski (I opted for the 165’s over the 170’s). I am and advanced to expert groomed run skier and do 95 % of my skiing in the east. Mostly night skiing outside of Ottawa and make it out to Tremblant about 10 days a year, and if I’m lucky one trip out west per year. I am in my early thirties, 5’11” and about 205. I love to carve but have never had a descent pair of skis (I retired my 200mm P20 slc’s about three years ago in favor of my wife’s beginner 170 Volkl Tiger Carvers while dealing with 18” of powder at Whistler and have never looked back as we started a family and my wife hasn’t skied all that much since). This will be the only set I’ll be using all year. My dilemma is that any info that I have found online concerning these sticks is really polar. People either love them or flat out hate them. I can’t return them but have a window to exchange them for something else. The other option is a pair of demo Head XRC1100 SW 170’s or for and additional 20% of my purchase price I can also get a new pair of Volkl 5 stars.



What I need is a new pair of carvers that are flexible enough to do bumps and some fast cruising which I believe the SR’s aren’t all that good at (unstable at speed I hear). So I was wondering what you guys think of the SR10’s, do you think I should exchange for the Heads which from what I understand aren’t as aggressive at carving but a better all around ski or pay a premium for the 5 stars?



Any opinions would be appreciated ( and I do realize that one persons favorite can be another’s least favorite)



Many thanks,



Matthew
post #2 of 20
I had the Streetracer 10 out for demo last January in Sutton. I had the 170cm for 5'11" and 190some lbs.

This is what I wrote then:
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Streetracer 10 (170cm)
Long-radius turns on blue ice- modest. This ski was so light that any ripples or irregularities would cause the edge to leave the carved rut; I had to focus on really strong driving right at the boot toe. I really wanted a longer ski.
Bump-to-flat-blue-ice transitions - modest. This ski was just not it for me on ice. Kept wishing it were longer.
skarving on frozen snow whales - good. Toe pressure essential.
Flat blue ice-to bump transition- good.
At the time I thought both the Volkl 4* and the Atomic Metron a better ski (for my weight in those conditions). I did not try the Head 1100SW.

Hope that helps.
post #3 of 20
I don't know anything about the Heads but from the description of your skiing I'd go for the Volkl. The Volkl is an excellent ski, and although it may challenge you more than the streetracer it will also reward you more.
post #4 of 20
I've skiied all three. And having done so, bought a pair of the Heads.
I didn't like the streetracers. Too soft. No kick/life to them. Too comfortable.
The Volkls were OK, and I could see why some would like them, but again, I felt they were a bit comfortable for me
The Heads were definitely the ones for me - most responsive, and least forgiving, but when I'm dialled in on them, they give back as good as they get.

BUT... I was buying these as my piste skis to complement my off-piste ones. If you want one ski that does all, then you may have to compromise, and that's where the Volkl 5 Star would be a better choice.
post #5 of 20
Out of all of the skis you have mentioned I have heard the most raves about the Heads. I have not heard one person dislike them. The 5 Stars arent a bad ski, but to be honest, in a world of ever changing ski design, they are getting a little out dated; plus the Head 1100 SW's will blow them away in terms of performance. The Salomon is going to be soft, predicatable, and love to carve with a nice fluid wide stance. It will not however, snap, rebound, or otherwise release any sort of energy before, during, or after the turn. It would make a good teaching ski - if thats your sort of thing. The Heads - just as a result of their design are a more aggressive ski. The Sandwich version (SW) are nearly the exact design as the Head GS ski (probably they are a GS/SL mix, but you get the point). When i say GS ski - I dont mean the retail ski either - they more closely resemble the race stock ski - which is a great ski. All that being said, buy the Heads.
Later
GREG
post #6 of 20
Heluvaskier, I agree with your take on the Head skis - that's exactly why I have them, but if he's looking for a 1 ski quiver, I don't think they are the one to go for.

Also just re-read his comment "Heads which from what I understand aren’t as aggressive at carving" I'm not sure what ski he is comparing the Head 1100SW to, but it is more aggressive than the SR10 by a long shot, and is more aggressive than the 5 Star...
post #7 of 20
For where he skis, I think the Head is the best choice of the three.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat
Also just re-read his comment "Heads which from what I understand aren’t as aggressive at carving" I'm not sure what ski he is comparing the Head 1100SW to, but it is more aggressive than the SR10 by a long shot, and is more aggressive than the 5 Star...
I read 'aggressive at carving' to mean 'ski prefers to turn rather than run'. Looking at the dimensions: 116/68/100 (Head) and 114/68/99 (Volkl) would tend to make WTFH's argument true in that respect as well, unless the review M_R is reading is based on a practical ski test that would take into account a softer forebody flex of the 5* or SR10.

I would agree with skier_j save for M_R's oblique reference to bumps. WTFH, what if he had said 'trees' as well?

PS: Even last year I thought the SR10 only properly compares to the 4* and M9 (except in price).
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by comprex
Even last year I thought the SR10 only properly compares to the 4* and M9 (except in price).
Is the 4* or M9 really that bad?
post #10 of 20
Here's my review of them from this time last year...

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=18918

Salomon StreetRacer 10
http://www.salomonski.com/uk/produc...am=2&pro=781991
Well, what can I say? Salomon have finally created an on-piste version of the Pocket Rocket. Let me put it like this: I like skis that pust a smile on my face, not send me to sleep. About the best thing I could say is that while I was on the skis, fast asleep but still making turns, I was able to dream that there would be better skis out there.
(Length 165)
Out of 10? I'll give them a 2, because they made me appreciate other skis.
post #11 of 20
Quite right, that's a little strong, I only intended a mild complaint about the tune on those Atomics.
post #12 of 20
I think I compared the 1100 to what I normally ski on... which is race stock SL and GS skis... In comparison the 1100 is VERY versitile. If he is looking for a one ski quiver the 5 star is going to be that ski, BUT read my signature. I read the carving statement as the Heads werent going to turn as easily... but they are in fact a better carver - they will just take a little more work to hook up - but still not like skiing a GS ski. Simply put; 1100's kick ass. Few skis are built like they are and can perform at the level that they do. If you are skiing the 1100 and cannot take it everywhere on the mountain without any problems, then you should not be skiing the 1100.
Later
GREG
post #13 of 20
Greg, you're a far better skier than I am, but I'd love to know what you think about the Metrons (given your sig).
post #14 of 20
I would choose the Head XRC1100 SW.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Wow you guys are awesome! Looks like I've just got hooked on another great forum! The Barking Bear Forum rocks!! 13 responces in 24 hours in the off season is incredible. Thanks for everybodies input. Based on the responces the 1100 is what I'll grab, and when out west I'll rent for the given conditions.

Many thanks!

Matthew
post #16 of 20
There´s some discussion of SR 10 in the not-so-old thread:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=27888
post #17 of 20
ssh, I doubt I am far better, but probably more used to skiing on race skis. I would love the chance to try a Metron as well as the new Hot Rods. I skied some S12's last year and I wasnt terribly impressed, but from the reviews of the newer design skis I think i could get by on them pretty easily (Metron type skis). I really want to try the B:5 skis that Atomic has out - just to see what they are like - I have skied a lot of skis, but the metrons are some that I missed unfortunately. Next season.
Later
GREG
post #18 of 20
Greg, let's compare notes once you get on 'em! I'm looking forward to jumping on the Hot Rods, as well, and comparing them to the b5s, especially. But, after my skill improvement last year, I hope to jump on some real race skis, as well.
post #19 of 20
y not go with the piolet it makes it a much better ski
post #20 of 20
Considering the luck I've had in previous years with Salomon and Volkl, I think I'd go with the Heads, although the SW is a pretty aggressive ski. Might want to see if the 1100 cap version is available, a little less aggressive and more versitile for all around skiing.
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