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Difference between Atomic GS9 and SX11?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Has anyone skiied these two? According to Atomic, the sidecuts are a bit different SX11 = 16.5@170 vs. GS9 = 15@170, but I was wondering what the real world difference was as an everyday ski? I read in a previous post that Cross skis are really just GS skis with a shorter radius. Isn't that what the GS9 is too? Thanks,

Greg
post #2 of 12
I may be mistaken on this, and I probably am, but I would imagine that the difference would likely be in the flex of the two skis (outside of the obvious sidecut difference). Having skied both the SX11 and the GS11, I felt as if the flex was nearly identical between the two. I think it would be more apt to compare the SX10 and the GS9, as far as flex is concerned.
post #3 of 12
Ditto, materials of construction resulting in different flex patterns. The SX 11 is considerably stiffer due to the magnesium channels. Sidecut a little different as well with the SX 11 having a slightly wider waist.
post #4 of 12
GS 9 is a wimpy ski compared to the SX11.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
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.

Greg
post #6 of 12
The SX11 is superb on hardpack at everything except short turns, but you already have an SL11 for the short turns. I'm guessing the SX11 might be a little too stiff for soft snow.
post #7 of 12
Although I might not be up to your skiing level, if you find the SL11's to be a handful you might find the sx11's to be the same. I found the sx11's to be pretty stiff, I might learn more toward the sx10's.
post #8 of 12
GS11 is strictly a GS ski for about a 21 meter turn radius. It skis very smooth but doesn't resist chatter as well as it should, meaning it doesn't plow through heavier snow and is not for everyday skiing.

GS 9 is a more forgiving ski. I found it to be too soft but had a nice turning radius which was shorter than the GS 11.

SX 11 was the most versatile ski of these 3. I had no problem making short turns and skiing bumps, only problem was when I got up to speed the ski wanted to stay in it's intended turning radius of 17m, so it started to feel squirrely. It would be ok if you skied it not full bore speed.

Out of the 3 I would choose the SX 11.
post #9 of 12
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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.

Greg
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.
post #10 of 12

Get off the Atomic bus

Fischer RC4 World Cup RC. 16M radius, holds like a hockey skate on eastern packed powder (read ice), and is more forgiving than the full-on GS boards. It's what the GS9 could have been. I skied it side by side with the SX skis from Atomic and liked everything about it (edge hold, variable turn radius, relaxed skiing, hard skiing, rebound and energy) better.
post #11 of 12
What length Fischer Worldcup RC?
post #12 of 12
175 cm. This is the shortest ski I have been on since I was 8 y.o. They look funny to me, but they ski every bit as stable as my old 213cm GS racing boards and they can turn, baby, turn.
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