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post #31 of 50
I owned some wooden skis (my Northland Rosebuds) when I was a kid living in NY within a mile of a ski slope, but when we moved south, I skied less often and rented. The first ski that I was able to ski without stemming was a Yamaha All-Round III. I really had a great time on those rentals at Blue Knob on a weekend trip with my high school ski club. I also remember renting some Spalding Siderals that really allowed me to ski better than ever. My mom drove me into DC to rent skis from a department store (Woodies). They had much nicer rentals than what ski areas were renting.

I no longer rent skis, but the skis I now own are not as good as most rental skis.

The skis that had the greatest impact on me were Karhu XCD GTs. The venerable GT opened up a whole new world of skiing for a lot of skiers.
post #32 of 50
Kastle RX12. 203 Marker M46Racing. From the late 80's. I loved that ski. It took a bit of speed for it to come alive but when it did it was very stable at any speed and I skied it everywhere.

My first metal ski was a Kazama at 190. Bought in the middle 60's and when I was done with them they were all used up and bent.
post #33 of 50
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I agree, the ST Comp was a nicer ski than the gray 4S and even the FP. The teal 4S was a revolutionary ski for Rossi, just because the color was such a radical departure from the grays that rossi used for so many years.
And you could actually bend them, unlike the dark blue FPs I had before (why did I ever sell the STs) Too bad they broke down so fast. I remember one spring early morning at Alpine chattering sideways over the ice trying anything to slow down. Tips and tails just flapping.
post #34 of 50
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Elan MBX, around 1992-1993 or so.
I've got a pair of these in 195 hanging in the garage w/Marker M48s.
Perfect condition, make me an offer
post #35 of 50
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W/ 747E's and Lange Tii's.
Those were the yellow ones right? I went from orange to pink.
post #36 of 50
Hexcel Sundance II

Rossi 7S.
post #37 of 50
WOW Great thread ! ! !

Love the memories.

'70-'77 Volkl Tiger Jr
Solomon 202s

'77-'80 Rossi Stratic or Stratus?
Solomon 444s

HOLY SKI STUFF BATMAN ! ! !

MOGULMASHER You are the only person I have heard rave about my Spauldings

Picked them out at a the trade fair at Copper Mountain '81. Bought the 210cm Spaulding Squadra Course GS skis and put Marker M40 bindings on them. That was the binding that reset the heal after a toe release. This combo weighed a ton and would bash through ANY snow condition. Skied this set up through a move from Crested Butte back to Minnesota and up until '95. LOVED THOSE SKIS.

Right up until a demo day at the local hill. Skied shaped skis all day. Took my last run to the car on the Spauldings and wanted to burn them by the time I got there.
post #38 of 50
OOOOPS

Sorry for the double post.

Forgot my Powder BC set up from the early '80s. Still own em, don't ski em.

Head Outbacks w/ Marker explodomats that allow 5 inches of heal lift, then anchor the heal for decent.

Anyone remember these skis? Had holes in the tips in case you needed to use them as a rescue sled
post #39 of 50
I had a pair of Kästle GS skis circa 1994--the last pre-Benetton year? before the "cap skis"--don't recall the model name, but it had the raised patch of kevlar on the tail. It looked so gimmicky, but, dayum, those things were I-beams. Actually, still have 'em in the garage. They have Look turntables mounted.

Man, those things cold slay 'em. Won a few college races on 'em, even.
post #40 of 50
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Show em please!
Still my choice for high speed hi-jinx, even if they are a little tired these days (an exta flop now and then when landing hard at speed): the original Kästle RX National Team SG, in a 208. "Authentic super g racing ski for long and short turns", I guess we had different length standards back then. Speed limit? We don't need no schtinking speed limits!




post #41 of 50
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I had a pair of Kästle GS skis circa 1994--the last pre-Benetton year? before the "cap skis"--don't recall the model name, but it had the raised patch of kevlar on the tail. It looked so gimmicky, but, dayum, those things were I-beams. Actually, still have 'em in the garage. They have Look turntables mounted.

Man, those things cold slay 'em. Won a few college races on 'em, even.
Hi Faber...
Those were the Kastle VX National Team GS. Those skis were sick. I still have my VX National Team SL from that year.

Dennis
post #42 of 50
Awesome, Kästles, Ghost! I had several pairs of RX National Teams in the '80s. My favorite pair was probably an '88 in white with red & blue details. I had 'em in 210s with Marker doorknockers.

Ahhh....Kästles.....but then Benetton and the F1 graphic "cap skis" in green and yellow puke. But, it forced me to rediscover Fischers
post #43 of 50
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Hi Faber...
Those were the Kastle VX National Team GS. Those skis were sick. I still have my VX National Team SL from that year.

Dennis
Yes!! The VX Nat Team GSs....They were sick indeed. I could have built a railroad bridge out of them.

Thanks, Denny!
post #44 of 50
-Way back, 7' Head Standards w Look Nevadas
-early 90's, 205 Olin RTS w Look z's those were perfection at the time...

btw I had many, many pair of Rossignol 4SK's, I just passed my last pair in the basement with Sal 957's, still ski em once in a while....
post #45 of 50

From Kastle metal GS in 1962...

I started skiing in Alaska when the ridge at the top had Nike missile launchers, good to go at Moskow.

But the cool classic skis came when I went to Europe (1960) to ski while my dad supplied the occupation army, poised to repel a tank attack out of East Germany.

Kaestle Metal GS
Head Comp GS
Fischer Superglass
a few crappy short skis for the 70s
Rossignol ST 650 (skied em at Alta in the 70s) :
Atomic Bionic Rs (still da kine for machin on ice, ski em and keep em perfect)
Kaestle RX National Team (my trippin fast on rock days ski, perhaps today)
Volkl Snow Ranger (this weeks rock ski)
Volkl G-31
Good Stuff to get some nostalgia going
and into the current stuff

(remember people skiing Head standards as the first powder ski?)
post #46 of 50
The original Rossi Strato, Roc Comps and ST650 were near and dear to my heart but the ski that really changed the game for me was the Dynastar Omeglass (late 70s version). I had a pair of 207cm (actually too long for me as I weighed 145 lbs then) race stocks (they had a 4 digit serial number) that were quicker, could turn tighter and held better on ice than anything I have ever skied at that time. A true thoroughbred although they got a little squirrely at speeds.

However, my current Volkl Six Stars today turn tighter, hold better and cruise faster. Isn't technology amazing?! :
post #47 of 50
Thread Starter 
Another great ski was the Elan RC-05, the red one that Stenmark used from the very early 80's, like 81 or so. A buddy had a pair mounted up with some M4-15 Rotomats. That was a fun ski.
post #48 of 50
OK, got to agree the Kastle RX National Team was maybe the best ski ever made. The Wenzels won world cups on them, and I even won the Colorado Teamski series on this very pair.

I think these were from the late 70's, but I was using them for many years after. In 1992 I skied them side by side with a pair of Tiger Shaws US Team stock K2's and they were not as nice, but close. I don't know of another ski that was on top of the game for so long.

Something short and fat for scale.

post #49 of 50
Thread Starter 
Newf,

I have a pair of matching 727E's to those.
post #50 of 50

223 Rossi Equipe DHs...

...from the early 80s. First ski I had that would break the speed limit on I-70...
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