That is true...
Originally Posted by sjjohnston
The new FIS regs apply only to World Cup and Continental Cups next year.
...however, all the manufacturers are going to the new FIS regs for their race stock skis, and most manufacturers will offer something non-FIS as they currently do...but what you won't
be able to get are the equivalents of this year's FIS-legal skis. For example, I'm currently on the Head IGS RD, which has a 25.2 meter radius. Next year, same ski, Head is going to 27 meters. I don't want that, so I bought another pair of this year's.
This is not
a good move on the part of the FIS, in my opinion. It almost means that to cover the bases, manufacturers have to have a full FIS legal ski, a non-FIS, and something in between...which they won't do. I believe Masters is going to stay with the position that we're not going to require racers to adhere to the FIS regs...but I've also heard that USSA is pressuring Masters to go along with the joke, which is what it is. Let me get this straight, FIS...are you telling me that it's safer
for somebody in Men's Class 12 to ski on a 27-meter radius ski for GS? Especially when the courses are getting tighter?
The one that's really laughable is the standheight/boot sole reqs, which are dropping from 55 to 50 and 45 to 43, respectively. Let me just hang on that one for a minute...are you telling me
that I have to replace 12 pairs of plates, assuming they're available, and grind my boot soles 2 mm? How is that
going to make things safer, when the binding/boot manufacturers have finally agreed on standards for the boot/binding interface?
Oh, I know how we'll fix everything! Let's get rid of Super G! What a good idea...that way, we can continue to have races in October in Europe on glaciers that will be cow pastures in two years instead of in Colorado, where the snow is guaranteed starting in October! Wuddia think, guys? Does ski racing have a great future, or what?