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SL9/12 vs. SX10/11 vs. '06 5 Star

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Morning!

Level 8/9 skier (Alps), 165lbs, 5'8", I like all mountain skiing but I suppose I'm on piste more often than not. I want to ski the whole day and I like linking plenty of short turns.

I've narrowed down my selection to the skis in the thread title, based on gut feeling, some good advice & local prices.

Please cast your vote and help out a terminally indecisive character.

Thanks
post #2 of 14
Great on-piste skis. Good choices, but the SX-11 is more GS than short-turn oriented. It sounds like you should also consider the Fischer RX8 and many here would suggest the Head SS and the Metron B5 or M11B5.
post #3 of 14
I vote SX-11.
post #4 of 14
I'd vote SX as well. From my experience of racing on the SL (11 and soon 12), they really are a true race ski. You may have more fun with a pair of SX then the SL. I can't speak for the 5 Star's however.
post #5 of 14
The '06 5 Star does not have the edge grip or stability of the other skis mentioned. However, it is probably the most versatile of that group, and the most forgiving in softer snow conditions.

SJ
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by camhabib View Post
I'd vote SX as well. From my experience of racing on the SL (11 and soon 12), they really are a true race ski. You may have more fun with a pair of SX then the SL. I can't speak for the 5 Star's however.
This is true regarding the SL11, however the SL9 has been considered a fun, versatile rec slalom and may be well suited to his needs esp. given his stated preference for on piste, short-turn skiing. This ski is versatile, holds a great edge, can handle variable conditions and is relatively forgiving for a Race Ski. It has, in the past, been Peter Keelty's Ski of the year and was felt to be quite suitable for rec skiers using it all day.
post #7 of 14
My vote for the SX11 over the SL9 is due to the fact that he said he likes making "plenty" of short turns, and not that he liked making "only" short turns. The SX11 is a compromise between short and long turns. If by All-mountain you include a variety of speeds and turn shapes then SX11 is your ski. The Sl's turn radius is just too limiting. It is also too short for safety at high speeds. If he's a level 8-9, then he can make the 11s do short turns and manage it through bumps.

Get the SX11 in a somewhat shorter length if you like short turns; it will still be stable.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice guys. SX11 is considerably more expensive here than SX10b5. Is the difference that great? I understand that it might be.
post #9 of 14
I think so, but other's disagree. Here's an old review.... http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...highlight=sx10
post #10 of 14
opinions are well LIKE ::OPINIONS --Demo demo Demo some more
post #11 of 14
Do a search on all of these skis in the ski gear discussion and ski review sections. You'll find plenty of info and many different opinions on all of them. Then----get on them yourself.
post #12 of 14
If short turns are the primary interest, then a 170CM SL9 might be a good option. They have a wide shovel which would give them a little more versatility, still have a short turn radius, and the increased length would give a little more stability.

I'm smaller 5'6" 160lbs, and own the 160cm. I used it all over the place at kicking horse a couple years ago. It's meets the ski all day criteria and is highly manouverable. It is definately not as comfortable at higher speeds and keeping it on edge is mandatory. But 170cm should give it a little more stability.
post #13 of 14
The SL9 in a 160 or 170 would be a good choice. @ 160lbs I've skied the 160cm all over the mountains. It is not a ski you want to make big, high speed turns on, after all it is a slalom ski, but if you like making smaller radius turns then it will be just fine. If I had to maximize what I could do on one ski I'd go for 170cm. If you have another ski for making bigger turns and skiing deeper snow than the 160 makes for a nice well rounded set.

I second RideC's suggestions of checking out the Atomic Metron 11/B5, Head SuperShape, and Fischer RX8 as well based on personal experience on each of them. I've just replaced my SL9s with the Head SuperShape.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice guys.

Today, I managed to source a new pair of '06 RX8s (165) from Germany for 300 euros ($400).

At that price I can probably stretch to an decent '06 dedicated slalom ski as well. Gotta love a quiver!
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