Another opinion of 2006-2007 Salomon LAB SL 165
Originally Posted by belknapbeans
Were this years salomon lab SL skis stiff?
im a big high school racer looking for a stiff ski and my coach has recommendded fischers, atomics, and elans. i was wondering if i could get a second opinion.
Any reviews on the fischer sl, elan wc slx, atomic sl12?
*im 6' 225.
Besides your weight we have little in common...contrary to belknapbeans comment "...true race construction whereas companies such as salomon and atomic usually send cheaper, flimsier versions of their true race stock skis over to the US."
That may be so, but the 2006-2007 model year adult Salomon LAB SL skis in 165cm. are plenty "beefy" to me. Whether they ae stiff or stiffer than racing stock laminate/straight sidewall skis like Elan, Head, Fischer, etc., well that is a matter of perception.
In my world of "perception," the cap ski/wood cored LAB SL is a less muscle it/stable- I dictate what I want you to do ski like a Fischer SC World Cup or VIST plated Head SL...to use my touchy feely interpretation, the LAB SL (and LAB GS to a great degree) at the outset seem flexwise flimsy or comparatively less stable but they are equally or more tortionally rigid as any skis mentioned by you, including the Elan SLX w/ VIST plates.
I must admit however in heavily rutted, soft snow conditions...the Elan SLX did "feel" more glued in the ruts but then again my times on them were no faster than on the LAB SL ski demoed at the same time.
Moreover, elite or elite wannabes at the citizen racing levels in Japan generally agree that a racing stock SL ski, in particular, will naturally lose a significant amount of rebound, rigidity, etc. over a long ski racing season- that includes workshops, camps, and practice, and EXPECT to have to purchase a new ski every season or multiple skis a season(depending on how deep your pocketbooks are).
Japanese Masters and FIS lower level circuit skiers almost all say racing ski s (yes, even Ogasaka Truin, which are by the way, laminate, straight sidewall contruction) are manufactured to self-destruct over one season...its the nature of their construction compared to all-around condition skis.
Salomon LAB skis, are tested along with others in nationally published magazine- their race times down a course by a variety of ex-racers and LAB skis are near or on top for the last 4 years to my recollection.
If you interpret bulkiness=stability=fast time? Then maybe yes, go with the straight side-wall laminate skis. But don't sell the LAB SL 165cm short, they are a fine ski and riders in Japan get equally FAST times on these sticks as well as any consumer racing ski sold off the rack.
Good luck in our selection.