Originally Posted by t1henderson
I'd be interested in similar skis also. I feel the 8K is a wide GS. I'd like
to find something similar with more of a slalom feel. Maybe a little less
metal and a little more wood/fiberglass. Any comparisons with the Stockli
XL and XXL would be appreciated.
I can't answer this at the moment as I won't be skiing again until mid February (well our ski season did finish 6 weeks ago), but I should have a fair idea then. I have the Stormrider XL @ 174 (1 year old), the XXL @ 178cm and have just acquired a 2 yo Legend 8800 at 188 cm.
The XL is definately like a GS ski. Very smooth, can be finessed, best at speed, but not as bad slow as some suggest. Is a blast on piste and in boot deep.
The XXL is just a bigger version of the XL. A bit stiffer (but very progressive), like speed and big sweeping turns. Have skied it in up to knee deep untracked (made me sing). Bashes through crud and sastrugi without deflection. Hold well on boiler plate. Have this mounted as an AT, and have just swapped Freeride + for Dukes.
Legend 8800, well cannot comment yet. Have mounted this as an alpine setup (Solly Z12, no plate) and will take this and XXLs to Gulmarg. But I like the feel. Seems a little lighter than the XXL, but the flex seems nice and smooth.