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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hello my skiing friends,

I'm skiing now for 12 years, and I reached a level of very good skiing and know how to leave deep carves on every kind of slope. Most of the time I'm skiing on-piste. The thing I hate the most is other skiers who aren't as fast as me, particularly if it is a whole crowd of this type of skiers. It is a bit pitty that 95% of the people using the pistes I'm using, belong to that category of skiers. The pistes in the area's I use to ski(Austria/France) are mostly very small, so I have to be very careful not to hit other people when I'm at high speeds and the pistes are very crowded. So most of the time I'm not going as fast as I can, though I try to do so as much as I can. Now I want to buy my own ski's, but I'm in doubt.
So now you know my skills, I'll get to the point.

I'm searching for a ski that can teach me perfection, is a perfect carver, is an all mountain performer and performs good in both short close parallel turns and wide carve turns.
Last week I've skied the Rossignol "Radical R 9S TI Oversize" . Carving turns with this ski are awesome, as is the performance of this ski at high speed. But as I said, sometimes I just have to go easy, nice short parallel turns with not a super high speed. And I experienced that this ski isn't going smooth when you're not racing as fast as you can. So I want a ski with the same performance at high speed, but can be smooth in low speeds and "nocarving" turns. I came out with two skies I think are good for what I want.
First: the Head "iXRC 1200". I read it adapts to your speed, so when i'm easygoing it's forging and flexible, but when I'm carving at high speed it get very stiff so it gives good carving performances. So that would be a good choice. Is there anyone who can tell me if this is really noticable. Is this a good choice for what I want?
Second: the Rossignol "Zenith Z11 Mutix". Here you can adapt the ski's in stiffness by yourself. So when it is early in the morning I can carve at high speed, when the pistes are getting more populated I can make it more tolerant. Some question:
Is there anyone who can tell me if this is really noticable. Is this a good choice for what I want?

Any advices are wanted. Maybe there is another ski that's better for what I want.
Thanx in advance.
post #2 of 9
If you are constantly having to rein in your speed to avoid running into people you need to head off-piste and learn some all mountain skills, carving is easy.
post #3 of 9
Metron
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
The problem of not runnin' into people is the worse at the red pistes. Black pistes are not a problem, most people there have some skills. Most of the time i'm onpiste, and I prefer onpiste above offpiste when i'm skiing(snowboarding I prefer offpiste). So still the question what's a better ski for my purpuses?
You mean the atomic metron? Why? Experiences? And there are different metron's, which one you'd pick?
post #5 of 9
As a Volkl lover and owner I can reccomment the Supersport 5* or 6* or Allstar (All 3 the "ti" version), if you can find those still. With no speedlimit at all and with the foregiveness at low speed you seek, I think they should be perfect for you. Offcourse the Racetigers are an option also, though less forgivin'. Consider the Tigersharks as an option also, have no personal experience with the Tigershark myself though.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ok, thanx for the advice. I hear a lot of ski's would be proper for my purpuses, so it's difficult to choose. Maybe a better question then is what is better to my style: head/atomic/rossignol/elan/völkl/k2 etc. What is the difference? I skied rossignol, I liked the stiffness. And still, the skies I suggested, what is the difference?
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
btw my skiing level is 8
post #8 of 9
Your description of the iXRC1200 is off the mark. It's a fine ski, but doesn't adapt as you describe. The Chip XRC is closer to what you describe, but still not quite that.

--quote--
How it works
Intellifibers positioned at 45° in front of the binding transform mechanical impulses into electrical energy. The harder you ride, the more energy is produced.

The electrical energy is led back to the Intellfibers. This causes them to stiffen up, putting more rebound and torsional stiffness into the ski.

What it does
The stiffening up of the Intellifibers during high-performance skiing achieves two things:

1) Their 45° position in front of the binding increases
the ski’s torsional stiffness, pushing the edge
into the snow in hard turns.

2) Intelligence progressively stabilizes the entire
ski at high speeds.


The extra boost
Some HEAD high-end skis in the 06.07 line boast Intelligence Chip Technology. Here, the electrical energy produced by the Intellifibers is not just recycled, but accumulated and released bit by bit through a pre-programmed chip – individually timed to match the oscillation properties of the ski.

Thus, the effect of Intelligence is multiplied, providing even more performance relative to your skiing style.
--end quote--

You should also look at the Head SuperShape skis. The SuperShape line are carving tools, and the SuperShape Chip is smooooooth.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
SuperShape Chip, is completely unforgiving? It doesn't have to be much forgiving, but if there is no forgiveness at all in the ski I have to think twice.
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