I agree with previous posters that suggest using a plate. I think angulation is a huge issue, and without the plate you will be putting yourself at a disadvantage. The higher you are off a ski like that, the more you can get out of it. Back when I was in H.S. and the height limitations were just coming out I had a pair of Volkls with a Deflex and huge risers on top of them...I got called out about it at a race and had to take the extra riser off. I found there was a HUGE difference in the performance of the ski without the height.
The race stock GSX is a pretty hefty ski and is pretty stiff as well. I would think the plate would help you manage and control the ski. Sure stiffness is an issue but this ski is going to be stiff anyway. Two years ago I had the race stock GSX and the Fischer World Cup GS and I always skied on the Fischers for free skiing b/c they were an easier ride. Anyway, my advice would be to get a plate that gives you substantial height off the ski, but that doesn't have a lot of metal in it like a deflex or the top of line Vist race plate. I know some of the cheaper Vist plates aren't that beefy but provide some nice elevation.
Originally Posted by dawgcatching
Anyone freeskiing GS race stock skis without a stiff race plate? I fell into a pair of Elan GSX 182's that come flat. I want to ski them this season, but don't plan on racing. They would be my hard snow/go fast skis. Has anyone mounted a race ski with a non-race binding plate? I was thinking of a Tyrolia HD14 Railflex, or perhaps a Salomon 9-14 PE2 I have had sitting around for a couple of years.
How does a non-race plate (vs., say a VIST) change the character of a race ski? Does it still ski well? Bend a little easier in non-racing conditions? Or, should I just throw a race plate on there (maybe a Marker WC Piston) and call it good?