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post #1 of 11
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I'm a long time GS racer, 18 years of age, 5'11", and 130lbs. I currently use a GS:11 183 Race Stock with Atomic 614 bindings. I was thinking about getting a pair of SL skies (for race) and have decided on the new SL:12. What would be the best size for me? The best price I could find so far is $599 for the skies and $200 for the bindings (614 Race), brining the total to around $850 after all is said and done. Does anyone know of where I could get a better deal on them? Thanks a lot.
post #2 of 11
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Anyone at least have any referrals to someplace where I can get a good deal on a ski / binding combination? Need delivery to MA, USA.
post #3 of 11
You can see what's on ebay. Personally, at 130 lbs, I would go with another ski. Very few FIS racers under 180 lbs. will be fast on that ski. It's just too stiff. It's not a question of ability, but really a question of weight. My CSCF Level 2 course conductor, an ex-Nor-Am racer, made the switch from Salomon to Atomic, and he's about 160 lbs., and he said he was still not as fast on his Atomic slaloms as on his Salomons. I would stay away from the 165 SL:12. The 155 ST:12 is ok because it is designed for women. Oh, and this is all for the race stock. The shelf skis would be a different story.
post #4 of 11
If your looking for FIS legal you need a 165cm or longer (don't go longer).
post #5 of 11

Not Stock Atomics

Given your stats, there is no way that you will be able to bend a stock SL:12 (black plate model)... at least you won't be fast on it. I think you asked these same questions relating to GS skis last season and got roughly the same answers.

Basically if you are racing you need a 165 - you don't have a choice in the matter. If you only weigh a buck-30 you shouldn't be on a race stock Atomic... and possibly not a race stock anything unless someone has already abused it for a season to soften it up for you. As I said last winter, look into French manufacturers (Rossignol, Dynastar, Salomon) and possibly Elan. You will want to find a ski that suits your weight. Those 4 manufacturers tend to run pretty soft when you ski them. Elans flex stiff, but the huge sidecut makes them easy to bend and leaves you with a ton of rebound at the end of the turn. A lot of lighter female racers favor Elan, Rossi, and Salomon - so those companies are not out of the question for you. The softer race stock skis out there should suit you fine.

If you wanted to stick with Atomic, go with the retail model SL:12. I have skied both the stock and retail SL's from atomic and they are very different beasts. The retail skis are easy to ski on and very easy to bend, while still offering edgehold and quickness in a course.

Later

GREG
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by camhabib View Post
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Anyone at least have any referrals to someplace where I can get a good deal on a ski / binding combination? Need delivery to MA, USA.
I have a pair of mint Race 6.14 blk/Yellow for $135.00 +/shipping.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Given your stats, there is no way that you will be able to bend a stock SL:12 (black plate model)... at least you won't be fast on it. I think you asked these same questions relating to GS skis last season and got roughly the same answers.

Basically if you are racing you need a 165 - you don't have a choice in the matter. If you only weigh a buck-30 you shouldn't be on a race stock Atomic... and possibly not a race stock anything unless someone has already abused it for a season to soften it up for you. As I said last winter, look into French manufacturers (Rossignol, Dynastar, Salomon) and possibly Elan. You will want to find a ski that suits your weight. Those 4 manufacturers tend to run pretty soft when you ski them. Elans flex stiff, but the huge sidecut makes them easy to bend and leaves you with a ton of rebound at the end of the turn. A lot of lighter female racers favor Elan, Rossi, and Salomon - so those companies are not out of the question for you. The softer race stock skis out there should suit you fine.

If you wanted to stick with Atomic, go with the retail model SL:12. I have skied both the stock and retail SL's from atomic and they are very different beasts. The retail skis are easy to ski on and very easy to bend, while still offering edgehold and quickness in a course.

Later

GREG
Greg's advice is spot on, the retail ski is easy, great edgehold and a blast.
post #8 of 11
Last year's Volkl race stock could work for you too. They're smooth like butter.

Please do not be offended by the fact that we are all suggesting a softer ski. You would probably have a lot of fun on the Atomic race stock, but it definitely wouldn't be fast.
post #9 of 11
What level are you racing at, who is sanctioning? Town Challenge, NCAA......

What kind of course sets will you see?

Do you really need to worry about FIS compliance? If not you might be faster and have more fun on something besides a 165.
post #10 of 11
I'm seconding the thought for the Volkl (racestock or not). They are soooo much softer and more forgiving than the Atomics. At your weight, they are just a better option for you. Ditto also on the 165cm - that's the minimum FIS length requirement for men
post #11 of 11

I'm thirding the idea of Volkls...

...I've skied on both Volkls and the race stock SL12:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=45718&page=2
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