Originally Posted by gehoff
So you guys are thinking the SX11 is more like a GS11 with a bit more sidecut? Forrester - can you share your recollections of how the two skiied? I'm looking for a hard snow cruising ski. I've always used a GS ski, but was thinking I wanted a shorter radius, hence my interest in the cross skis. It probably isn't relevant, but I have a pair of SL11s that are a handful to ski correctly.
It's been two seasons since I've been on either, but here's what I can recollect. The SX11 was more adept at short turns, obviously, with the smaller sidecut radius. It was much easier to steer with your ankles than was the GS11m (the off-the-rack version, not the race stock). The lengths I demoed were likely the reason, as I was in the 186 in the GS11m and a 170 in the SX11. The SX felt ever so slightly softer, but I attributed that to the length differences. They both had very similar edge-grip, and they both had tons of rebound energy out of the turns. I do remember the tails on the GS11 being more punishing than the SX. The sweet spot on the SX also felt larger, but again, that could have been due to the length differences. Personally, I would rather be on the SX11 as an all day ski rather than the GS. It just seemed more versatile to me. It just seemed that the GS11 was driving me, rather than the other way around. They're both very powerful skis, but the SX is just a little bit more relaxed.