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181 Rossignol 9X FIS ski

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Height: 6'
Weight: 195lbs
Ability/Prefered Style: Goong fr my Level 3
Boots: Dobie 150
Other Skis Liked: Volkl Superspeed 175
Conditions: Very Firm Frozen Granular and Ice

Rossignol seems to make a lot of different versions of the race room 9X. Being near the Williston, there is quite a proliferation of them on the hill on Ski Bum Tuesdays. I rode the lift with two friends and between us we had my 181s, a 183 and a 184 all of them were al ittle different in terms of shape, and all three had different plates, an RK (or RKI?), a Rossi labalede VIST, and the one om my ski which I think is called a race plate. I got mine this fall in an effort to cut my race times. They seem to be doing the trick. I spent last year racing GS on a 175cm Superspeed, and Slalom on a consumer P60 SC. The year before I had only the P60. This is my third season ever of racing. Anyhow, the arms race is never ending and last year I noticed that many of the people who were beating me were running a FIS type ski, so I had to get one. The reality check though is that the guy who won the majority of the races did so on a pair of 175 Superspeeds just likr mine. So, yeah, I know it's the pilot, but if I can buy some speed I will. I was sort of tor about what ski to get when these sort of fell into my lap. They were skiied last spring and this summer by a US Ski Team member and are in fantastic shape. They had already been tuned at Edgewise Elite Ski tuning in Stowe, and were ready to rock.

Today seemed like a perfect day for a back to back comparo of the Super speed and the 9X as it was a double race day. I brought both pair to the hill and wasn't sure if I'd ski the Rossis or not. We've been having a lot of rain lately, and I was afraid the hill might be a little sketch. I am NOT driving these over dirt or through gravel. So I started practicing on my Superspeeds as the course was set. The snow was very nice in the morning, and it was obvious that the course was going to hold up very well. Gravel content of the snow was low, but I wasn't sure how well it would hold up to the traffic and I stayed on my Superspeeds. The course was looking pretty straight. Should I make the wswitch? It's a long season and I don't want to mess up the skis, so I stayed with the Volkls for the first race. At about turn four it became apparent that the course was quite a bit icier than I had thought it would be. I had an OK run, but nothing good as I slid through the steeper turns. As I went through the finish I knew I wanted the Rossis for Race 2.

I've only skied the Rossis once before during our fist race of the season as the snow has been slow coming. I was amazed at how fast they were before. They also feel very different because they have a ton of "gas pedal" shims. I think the toe is actually higher than the heel, and I stand p much higher on them than on my Volkls. Well, after skiing all morning of the Volkls. it was shocking how much faster they were. They are out and out missiles and actually pretty easy to ski. they are quite a bit narrower and I feel like I can't ski them as two footed as my other skis. The biggest difference though is the dgehold on ice. Incredible. It's like it's not even there. It's hard to describe how much better it is compared to my Superspeeds which are already pretty good. Both skis were about as sharp as a ski can be too, so it's the ski, not the edges that made them grip so well. I zoomed past the course a coupl e of times ready to rip a few seconds off my time, but alas, it was not to be. Timing issues forced cancellation of race two. If I get the chacnce , I'll try and get a comparison in the NASTAR Course.

I do have a little bit of info though.

I started Race 1 two weeks ago with a handicap of 158.59 and finished that race with 104.21 race points. That wasn't a very good run. More of a just holding on run as I hadn't really come to terms with turning the Rossis yet. I also may have tried to ski them too round, I dunno. Anyway, not a great run, but my fastest ever by far.

This week I came in with a handicap of 104.21 and finished with 130.80 race points, so much better thanthe average of last season, but pretty bad in comparison to the first race two weeks ago. This run was clean, but I just couldn't hold an edge on the ice.

The bottom line is that these ski blow away the Volkls (duh, of course they do) and next time you hear someone compare the Superspeed to an SG ski or whatever other silly analogy, take it from me. They are just plain wrong. There is no comparison.
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Not to offend or anything, but I'm having a little bit of trouble believing that a 100+ handicap NASTAR racer can handle a pair of race stock GS skis in an FIS legal length in a sprint type course.
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Originally Posted by Takecontrol618
Not to offend or anything, but I'm having a little bit of trouble believing that a 100+ handicap NASTAR racer can handle a pair of race stock GS skis in an FIS legal length in a sprint type course.
FWIW - it's not a NASTAR handicap. I have no idea how they calculate it. My last NASTAR race I was in the teens.
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Ah. That makes much more sense. Sorry.
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