Weird demo experienceRecently, I have been demoing quite a few GS race skis. Most held like glue when up on edge, but two felt really weird and wanted to constantly give way-the Atomic GS11 and Dynastar Course.
When I skied the Atomic, the ski was totally unpredictable-I had to get tons of pressure on the outside ski to get it to hook up. It was like I was skiing an old stiff straight ski. When it did hook up, it hooked up violently, then would break away just as quick. I pretty much had to have my inside shoulder over the outside ski (way exaggerated countering) to pressure the ski enough to hold on hardpack. In contrast to the Fischer GS (the GS ski I have spent the most time on) the Atomic just wasn't predictable at all. On the Fischer, when I get forward on the ski and drive it, the ski gives you a very solid, predictable platform and edge hold. Obviously, the Atomic and Fischer will feel different, but I would think that they would be equal in terms of hard snow grip. Was the poor performance of the Atomic due to tune, or some other reason?
Today, I skied the Dynastar Course, and had the same problem. Lay the ski over on edge, and nothing happens. Except these skis didn't want to hook up, no matter how much pressure I gave them. The skis start to slide, when the Fischers would be holding a clean arc with less pressure than I was giving to the Dynastar.
Are these experiences due to ski design, tune, or other factors? I would think that if I have adequate edge angle and pressure on a ski, it would hold on hard snow. I can get my 75mm waisted all-mountain skis to hold way better than either of these two models did on hard snow, so something is wrong somewhere. I would like to know what, in case I run into this problem again, perhaps with a ski I have just purchased.