Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Any race stock GS ski is going to smoke a consumer GS or consumer cross ski. Of course it is stiff enough to rail turns... that is what they were built for. It is what they do. I suggested a softer model so that it wasn't too stiff to make the turns. Watch any real skier cross event. They all use race stock GS skis between 185 and 195. Most of them have just had their skis re-badged to look like the consumer skicross ski, but they are in reality nowhere close.
BTW, I did a ski cross race a few years back and ended up getting third after winning all of the heats leading up to the final... all done on my Equipe GS.
I've never race skier cross myself, so I'm just askin' : don't you need something more 'managable', user friendly, in such a race than a real race-stock FIS-legal GS ? Something that let you adjust your line more quickly if needed ? You're racing with other skiers here. In a GS, gates don't move unexpectedly...
Assuming we're talking of a 'recreational' racer of course. I'm quite confident Enak Cavaggio is happy with his GS-LAB, but he wouldn't ask what ski to choose either !