I have the RX8 in a 170 and a 175. I use them in a Nastar course all the time. So far, I'm getting better times on the 170's. Not sure how your course is. You may want to also consider the RX9. I think that may be a better option. To answer your question though. The RX8's are incredible carvers with great edge grip on ice. Think the RX9 has a bit better edge hold on ice though. Love them both........
I've skied mine and don't think it's the best ski for the course. IMO, you want something stiffer and with a bigger radius. With a good run I give up almost a second (~30 second course) to my Atomic SX12's. Also, the Atomic's will recover from subtle mistakes and not make you pay a big price. Compared to the Atomics, you have to be flawless with the RX-8's or you'll lose lots of time.
I've always thought high end Supercross models make a lot of sense for most night league courses (radius is between a SL and a GS ski). Also, many people have been happy with the Atomic LT11/LT12. If you want to stay with Fischer, the RX9 would be better than the RX8, but the Worldcup RC would better than both.
I thought about that, but I believe I would prefer a slalom type ski over a gs. I ski on really small hills with limited vertical so I think I'd rather have a "turnier" ski.
For everyday skiing, I believe you are right. But if Race League is your main interest then there are better choices. Just a matter of setting priorities I think. Fun ski and occ. running some gates--sure RX8 is fine, but if you are a little more serious about the racing then the other alternatives make more sense.
Agree on the RX9 comment. Rx9--170--17 m radius. 175--18m radius.
No question that the RX8 is turnier. RX8 160--12m, 165--13m radius. 170 14m radius.
I'm 6' 200 lb and ski the 170 and 175 no problem. Even though you are 160, I would not go any shorter than 160. In fact I would even consider the 165 for just a little bit more of a GS feel. These skis feel very different from size to size and would highly recommend a demo if possible,
If the course is deeply rutted, you may get bounced around a little with the RX-8 simply because its a pretty light ski. In the Fischer line, The Fischer RC4 WC SC a SL carver (13m @ 165cm) or the Fischer RC4 WC RC the GS carver (16m @ 175cm) are both excellent skis for league racing. Choice depends on how tight the gates are set.
I believe the radius for both are pretty much 15-16m depending on length. Both should be well suited to typical league courses. The SX11 would be a little more demanding and have a faster base. Atomic uses their Race Base on GS11/12, SL11/12, SX11,12 and the LT11,12. All other skis use a more general duty base.
I think a 160cm SX11 would be a great race ski for you but may not be as "all purpose" as you'd like. Simple solution - you need two pairs
Also I talked to a guy at a local shop who is on the new SX10 B5 Connected, and he said they were great for Nastar. That sounds like that would be a good step-up from the SX9 I'm on now. Anyone have the 10 B5? I was intrigued with that ski when I first saw it. Anyone know how it compares to the previous SX10?
I have not tried the SX10 B5 Connected.
I have tried both the SX11 and SX10 a few times. The SX11 is a great ski. IMHO the SX10 just can't keep up to the SX11 in terms of stability at speed, edge grip and g-force available.
I had the SX11 B5 and it was LESS ski than my old SX11. I have to figure that the SX10 B5 is a couple notches down, although I've never skied it. Understand that the B5 integrated adds weight to an already heavy ski. The SX11/12 doesn't use this technology and is slightly lighter, livelier and more fun, IMO. They're also faster than either of the B5 models.