Originally Posted by Ghost
What bevels and skis are you comparing these skis to?
Bevels? This year I put 1/3 base/side bevels on the following skis:
-2004 Dynastar Omecarve 10, 165 cm
-2004 Fischer BigStix 7.6, 175 cm
-2002 (?) Blizzard Titan 8.2, 173 cm
-2002 Dynastar Speed SX, 170 cm
About 15 - 18 days on the Omecarve's and Big Stix, switching off for conditions and terrain. One full day - hardpack - on the Speed SX. All the edge I needed on these 3 skis, easy to engage and dig in as needed, and easy to release, transition, pivot or slip. Two powder days on the Blizzards, bevels couldn't have mattered much.
Skis? See above; plus in past years I've owned 2002 Rossignol 9S, 160cm; and Volkl P50SL race stock, 156cm. Couple of days on demos - loved Elan Ripstick 170cm; liked Salomon Equipe 10SC, 170cm and Atomic SX9, 170cm; did not like Atomic Metron 9 171cm. Oh also one other ski I owned briefly and passed on after a couple of runs was a Head XP100 in 177cm. A true 2x4 for me at 5'9"/175 lbs. I gave it to a friend who's about 6'3 / 240 lbs and he loves it.
So one obvious issue is I've never used a GS race ski before - but had enough time on SL race skis, including the SL "sister" of this Rossi GS; and also enough time on cruisers like the Dynastar Speed SX and Ripstick, to think the Rossi 9X in 174 was a reasonable choice. Obviously I didn't NEED these but (a) the Speed SX were on long term loan, (b) no one else bid for these on ebay so I just grabbed them, here's a longer radius hard snow ski that'll be a little faster and more fun than the BigStix (i.e., Ripstick for cheapskates). If nothing else I scored a really cheap pair of Rossi Axial 140s ... but I'd like to use the skis they're attached to!