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Upgrading from Rossignol Cut 10.5s

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I also posted this in the beginner's forum, however seeing as how I am not so much a beginner I thought I might get some good responses here as well.
Looking to get some new skis this year however I am on a very tight budget. I have a chance to pick up a set of Volkl 724 EXS skis from another BBer at a very reasonably price, but am not sure if they would be enough of an upgrade from my Rossignol Cut Pro 10.5 skis.
First of all a bit of backgroud. I am 49 years old, 6', 195 lbs, only started skiiing about 4 years ago and have been out on the slopes a total of 8 times. My wife however is an expert skier and has taught me a fair bit. We ski mostly black diamonds and some blues, mostly in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec... Saint-Sauveur, Mont Tremblant, Gabriel etc. We are also planning to ski a lot more this year, having already been out 3 times and looking to ski at least once or twice a week to take our skiing to the next level.
While I still don't know what a stem-christie turn is LOL (wife tried to explain it last night), I have progressed quite quickly and most friends describe me as a strong intermediate approaching advanced. I would like to ski a hair more agressively and faster but no real desire to weave thru trees or advanced moguls. Just some reasonably fast, fun recreational skiing, primarily on groomed diamonds.
I am currently skiing on the above mentioned Rossi Cut Pro 10.5 skis with Nordica B7 boots (I know, I know, I've read the boot thread LOL, but these seem fine). Up until the wife and I were still skiiing with 25 year old rear-entry boots so the B7s are actually a significant upgrade and both of us have noticed a huge difference thus far this year.
We are actually quite happy with the Cuts and seem to have few problems with them, however I would like to move up as I know these are beginner/intermediate skis. Honestly, we really don't know how much better higher end shapped skis would be...
My main question is, how much of an improvement would the Volkl 724 EXS skis be over my cuts? The shape of the Rossis is 105-65-95 and the Volkls are 109-71-97, which on paper does not seem to be a huge difference. Radius is also very close. I should mention that the Rossi's are 170s and the Volkls I am looking at are 163s.
Was originally looking for a used set of AC2s or 3s but these came up. Any information advice on these or any other skis BB members might be able to recommend would be very helpful. Budget is key... I would love to just pick up a new set of AC Motions but cannot swing it at the moment.

Thanks, Reid
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Reid:

two things I just noticed, if your skiing longer skis now, this might be a reason to hold off on these, but on the other hand the increased width underfoot could give you a little more versatility, a little more powder flexability and some other benefits, so one plus and one minus from what you wrote above.
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Originally Posted by GotVolkl?35 View Post
Reid:

two things I just noticed, if your skiing longer skis now, this might be a reason to hold off on these, but on the other hand the increased width underfoot could give you a little more versatility, a little more powder flexability and some other benefits, so one plus and one minus from what you wrote above.
Thanks. Good info. I think 170 is about the maximum I am comfortable with. The few times I rented before buying them, I have went with 160s., so anything from 160-170 I am pretty comfortable with. In fact when we bought the Cuts both my wife and I wanted 160s, however the men's version came only in 170 and 177. At first I found them a bit long but have really gotten used to them. Don't think I would want to go any longer though.
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Thanks. Good info. I think 170 is about the maximum I am comfortable with. The few times I rented before buying them, I have went with 160s., so anything from 160-170 I am pretty comfortable with. In fact when we bought the Cuts both my wife and I wanted 160s, however the men's version came only in 170 and 177. At first I found them a bit long but have really gotten used to them. Don't think I would want to go any longer though.
Gotcha, so keep looking out for more info and we'll keep talking
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might i humbly suggest if you've been happy with Rossi's, then stick with Rossi's.

you might consider the B2.
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might i humbly suggest if you've been happy with Rossi's, then stick with Rossi's.

you might consider the B2.
Sticking with Rossi's is an excellent suggestion, and certainly one I am considering. I honestly have no complaints about the skis I am using... I learned to carve on them and as I have improved they have been up to the challenge of any hill thrown in their way. No real reason to upgrade at this point ... other than I'd just like to try a better ski.
I think I'd be pretty happy with my equipment if I had not started reading the threads on this forum LOL! You start reading about custom fitted boots and how high end skis perform much better than 'beginner' skis... edge grip etc.... and you start to think 'hmmm, what am I missing?"
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'hmmm, what am I missing?"
A lot, get out there and demo as many skis as possible.
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A lot, get out there and demo as many skis as possible.
I think you're on to something there. My wife - who is much smarter than me BTW - pointed out tonight that we have never even done the edges or had our skis waxed and perhaps that and a tuneup would be a good place to start. She is also much more about technique and style than equipment and says the skis we have will go anywhere we want them too on the Eastern Canada hills we frequent. Then, if we ever run into actual powder, or I feel I want to try something else, I can rent some...
Personally, I think she just doesn't want me to go faster : LOL!
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