Originally Posted by Trotski
Thanks! The thing is, I've already got some Atomic C9's and they're very "turny" and a bit jumpy. I want something beefier and faster to complement the C9's, if that makes any sense? You still think the RX8 would better suit?
Haven't skied the C9, so I'm can't really compare the two (although I did try the SX10 and the Metron before settling on the RX8). But if you're looking to complement a short-radius carver with a long-radius bomber, then the RX9 might suit better.
You said you wanted something beefier and faster ... The RX8 is certainly capable of speed, but it's not as "beefy" as the RX9. The one weakness I've found with the RX8 is that it gets knocked around in the crud a bit. The RX9 was more stable in chop & crud. It's still a front side ski, though, not well suited to trips though the trees.
I would probably try to talk you into an RX8 instead of the C9 if you're looking for that 1 front side ski for the east. The RX8 is more versatile than the RX9, but the RX9 is still a good ski and probably qualifies well on the "beefy and fast" count!