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Which are the best new racing skis to buy?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

My current skis are knackered. I'm using the Fisher RC4 05/06 (155cm) (Male - Weight 75kg - Height 175cm )

I wouldn't mind a pair of similar skis. I do racing still (Slalom and GS mainly) but instruct & coach more now.

I have been looking around and the Atomic GS12 PB look like a good option.

Can anyone recommend them or any other suitable skis?

Thanks any advice would help!
Happy New Year!
Fuze84
post #2 of 18
Any SL or GS ski would be fine, it's all based on how you like them when you demo them.

Or take a shot at buying skis like your clients will be on, you know, an all mountain ski.

Try the Fischer RX8, if you like Fischers.
post #3 of 18
Head skis of course, look at how well the new race skis are doing in the WC.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Head skis of course, look at how well the new race skis are doing in the WC.
The skis aren't doing well, the skiers paid to ski on them are. They would do as well with any good WC ski made by any of the top ski makers.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Eric S View Post
The skis aren't doing well, the skiers paid to ski on them are. They would do as well with any good WC ski made by any of the top ski makers.
You think I dont know that.....I only said it because its what the Atomic boys were always saying

But Head does make the best skis
post #6 of 18
What is Bode on this week?
post #7 of 18
For race skis, I have a strong preference for the the fast ones. Black race skis are fast.
post #8 of 18
Black on top

Black on the bottom?

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Black on top

Black on the bottom?

Like this. I guess it's not really black. But, red skis are also very fast.

post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Black on top

Black on the bottom?

Like this. I guess it's not really black. But, red skis are fast too. Then again, so are yellow skis. I haven't been on a pair of blue or green skis so I'm not sure if those colours are fast or not.

post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for input

Thanks all for your input.

Based in the UK so it's a bit of a pain trying to get hold of a lot of the race skis for demo. Will try the Atomic, Fischer, and Nordica ASAP.

What do people think of the Stockli racing skis and this years Rossignol range? Not really heard any reviews about them.

Thanks again
Fuze84
post #12 of 18
Stockli SC .... the GS are a bit too race stock for casual around the hill stuff.
post #13 of 18
I don't really have anything to compare it to, but the yellow & black ones I tried seem to be fast.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by fuze84 View Post
Hi All,

My current skis are knackered. I'm using the Fisher RC4 05/06 (Cm) (Male - Weight 75kg - Height 175cm )

I wouldn't mind a pair of similar skis. I do racing still (Slalom and GS mainly) but instruct & coach more now.

I have been looking around and the Atomic GS12 PB look like a good option.

Can anyone recommend them or any other suitable skis?

Thanks any advice would help!
Happy New Year!
Fuze84
Fischer "RC4" skis are the designation of its entire race line. Which one do you have? For instructing the suggestion to use a Fischer RX series ski or similar from another brand seems to make sense.

Skis in Fischer's line for recreational racing include,

-The RC4 WC RC, one of the most consistently popular non FIS spec GS race skis. Radius 16m at 175 cm.

-The RC4 WC SC, which is a FIS compliant recreational league SL race ski.

-The RC4 Progressor- has a dual radius sidecut that enters the turn like an SL ski and exits like a GS. It has a somewhat wider platform than the other RC4 skis, making it more versatile off the race course. It's sort of a top of the line combi ski.


Fischer RC4 GS and the Fischer RC4 SL are Fischer's full bore FIS compliant race skis The RC4 GS ski is likely not the best choice for many recreational race leagues because of its longer FIS spec turn radius. The RC4 SL, is a great slalom race ski but likely wouldn't be much fun for all-day instructing.

There are a lot of other good race skis out there, as well. Fischer's race skis are at least as good, if not better, than any other race ski you can buy off the rack at a ski shop. It's more a question of whether you like the "feel" of a particular brand/model.

Good luck with your search.
post #15 of 18
The Progressor would be a great coaching ski, and a fun on-piste tool.
post #16 of 18
Demo the skis at Mt. Hood. Most race stock skis are very good, but all top race skis (e.g., Fisher, Volkl, Head, etc) have their differences. Every racer has a different style that scales with the ski. Demo and purchase what works for you. Good luck and have fun trying out skis. cheers, charlie
post #17 of 18
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What is Bode on this week?
Dunno about Bode, but Trekchick was on a Blizzard Magnesium WC SL yesterday, and it was/is Sweeeeeeeet!
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well thanks for all the advice.
Had a go and a few of your recommendations but went for the Atomic SL10's
They are fantastic, much better than my Fischers. Really good on artifical slopes and snow! Thanks again
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