I should have replied to this topic a long time ago, when it was first posted, but here goes. I use the Nordica Dobermann SLR. I switched to that ski from the Elan SLX Race Stock. The Elan tends to be very stiff, and the wider tail makes it slightly slower edge to edge, but they will hold an edge on anything, and rebounds more than any ski out there I think. I switched to the Dobermann because it is slightly softer, and likes to be skied very far forward. After the change my slalom times dropped over two seconds over the course of last season (of course i got better but the skis made a huge difference). The dobermann seems to have better edghold and offers a smoother ride than both the Elan and the Fischer. The Fischer ride seems to be more energetic, but there is a lot of noise underfoot... they still hold like crazy, but the ski is not dampened as much as the other two. I will be on the SLR again this year - probably riding a piston plate and markers.