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Last year I bought the 00-01 Rossi Rebels in 170s for a good price, but without demoing them. I did ok with them last year, but last weekend I demoed some dynastar autodrive skis(all in 170's) and noticed a humongous difference. I demoed the 63 SX's and 63 Speed Carves and Crosses and like them all(but the first two more). The difference for me was that the Dynastars just held the mountain better and i was able to be more agressive without them giving out. The Rossi's just don't hold on hard packed powder and ice. I have yet to take the Rossi's in for a tune up so the edges might be messed up, but is it the ski or the tune job? Any other(less expensive) ski suggestions if i like the Speed Carves?
On another note, if it is the skis, i would probably want to sell the Rossi's and buy the SX's. Are there any (really) good places to buy skis online and where should i sell? BTW, I am 5'9" and 140 lbs. I ski in Vermont so I generally dont have to worry about powder conditions.
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Rebels are soft skis which means they will not hold a very good edge and will be somewhat unstable at highet speeds. The autodrive skis are higher end, stiffer, have vertical sidewalls and therefore will grip better and be more stable.
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Well Headhunter it sounds like you are going to be skiing those Rossi's for a while. So to help you out with being able to ski in the hard pack and icey conditions my only suggestion is to keep your edges sharp.Remember, the guys that do the demos, keep those demo skis at their best tune, since they understand the importance of a good tune as it relates to performance and the possibility that you might want to buy that ski.Also the comments by Mike B are also valid in creating a higher performance experience.

So the performance difference in holding the hill may be nothing more than sharp edges.So try that first, if it doesn't solve the problem, then pick out your favorite demo ski, and start saving your bucks for the Spring Sales that are not that far away.

Another issue is,if you are not sure that you are properly engaging your edges in those type of condtions, have your alignment checked out, it can also make a big difference.

If you do buy new skis, you still want to check out your alignment.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 01, 2002 07:43 PM: Message edited 2 times, by wink ]</font>
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The only problem that I have with the edge part of the question is that the "average" recreational type ............ if the equipment was reasonably well cared for ...... probably wouldn't dull the edges of brand new skis in one season.
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You might try increasing the side edge angle for better bite on hard stuff, but as said before it is a "soft" (forgiving) ski.
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I think you are probably right if you are skiing out west and ski only Powder and groomed powder.

In the midwest and east, often there is very hard snow [ due in part to high moisture content becasue we are so close to sea level ]and ice lurking below the surface.

Also after the groomer does its thing often there are chunks of ice of various sizes that can also effect edge sharpness.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 02, 2002 06:09 AM: Message edited 1 time, by wink ]</font>
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