Originally Posted by moguljunkie
Skied in local league race today. First time in gates in 18 years. Used my Elan m666's (76mm waist). My time was mediocre. I would guess pacesetter probably in 24-25 range on Nastar type course, and I was a shade under 30.
I'm sure there's some room for improvement with more practice, but how much time could I shave off with a pair of GS skis?
Trying to decide what's more important: my ego or my bank account.
Rather than address the comparison with a GS ski (which I can't provide real observation on), I will say there is no doubt the mid-fat will slow you down. That's the feeling I notice when switching between my RX-8 and M666. The narrower waisted RX-8 is significantly quicker edge-to-edge, and is also much lighter underfoot. In a straight line, I think the RX-8 would be faster if I let the skis go. I tend to have to enforce a speed limit on the RX-8 while the M666 creeps up to my speed limit more gently.
What I like about the M666 is that it's smooth and comfortable, but will respond to athletic skiing if you push it. That same impression makes me think it would not be the best racing ski. You'd probably want a ski that is ready to play at all times. For GS turns, something like the RX-9 springs to mind -- all the great things I like about the RX-8 but with a longer turn radius. But the RX-9 does have a wide tip, and that might hurt straight line speed.