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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
a ski that has under a >21m radius

Three options

Head iSpeed
Rossignol Radical 9X Oversized
Fischer WC RC4 RC

your choice and why?

Its for GS in Southeast Michigan
post #2 of 12
Toss up.

Head i.Speed - could only be better than last years supershape Speed wich was pretty good.

WC RC4 RC - The SC is great as are other Fischer RC4s I've tried. Still haven't gotten on the RC though.

I predict Fischer will feel lighter and Head feel solider.

Not the 9X Oversized - though well behaved and easy to make work, it's a boring lackluster mediocre performer. Imho of course.

How about a previous years RC4 GS that is no longer FIS legal because FIS upped the minimum turn radius?
post #3 of 12
I bought the Fischers because they were recommended to me by a variety of people who had seen me ski. Note I am amply weighted at 235 -- folk seemed to think the Heads would not handle my weight.

Mike
post #4 of 12
They're all excellent skis. The biggest determinant of what's best for you will be your preference in ski feel. Compared to Head and Fischer, Rossi race skis are traditionally a little softer flexing, and less damp which makes them a littler livelier with less energy input, but not always as stable a feel.

I haven't skied the new iSpeed, but if they're anything like the new Head iGS-RD (race stock GS ski), they're very solid underfoot, and they'll give back whatever you put into them - i.e. may be a little dead feeling at cruiser speeds, but tons of energy if you put some effort into it (although I suspect the iSpeeds are a little more friendly at lower speeds).

The truth of the matter is that when it comes to race and near-race skis these days, the product from every manufacturer is phenomenal, and what's "best" very much depends on personal style and taste. Which is unfortunate given that these skis can be the hardest to find demos of.

If you want a more concrete recommendation, a little info on your height and weight, and in particular what skis you've really liked previously might help.
post #5 of 12
I should really get paid for this already........

Head's speed oriented skis inspire confidence, the fact that they are damp and relatively heavy allows you to concentrate on your turns and not every little lump in the terrain. I say go with the Heads....heck I did...5 times now.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
6'3" 220

I love my Racetiger SL's

But hated my Rossi 9X's for GS racing might have something to do with they where canted for someone else(Just pulled the bindings yesterday and there where 1.5 cants under them). They are great for anything else. I free skied them alot last year.

These are the GS ski's i have right now

Rossi WC RX 181cm
Rossi WC 9X 181cm
Atomic GS 11.21 181cm
Atomic BR 10'22 193cm
Nordica Dobermann GSR 176cm

I think im gonna try the GSR's if we still have them before buying another of GS ski's.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by HB2ski View Post
a ski that has under a >21m radius

Three options

Head iSpeed
Rossignol Radical 9X Oversized
Fischer WC RC4 RC

your choice and why?

Its for GS in Southeast Michigan
Don't get the Rossi's.

Those Fischers should be pretty friendly on the relatively flatter slopes of SE MI. Plus they have good edgegrip. I haven't skied those particular Heads, but usually Heads like a little more speed before they come to life.
post #8 of 12
OK, I'll bite: You hated your 9X's, but they're still on your short list? I ski Rossis in gates, but that's because I'm 165 lbs, middle aged, have bad knees, and like their combination of dampness, quickness, and easy flex. If I were your size, and a few years younger, I'd be the Heads, no question. As it is, I have found my 170 1200's to be surprisingly competent - and amazingly smooth - on Nastar courses, and several here claim the actual GS's are otherwordly for real stuff.

OTOH, Fischers are wonderful skis, have owned a few recreational, ultimately found them not damp enough and a bit unsteady in crud for my tastes; many think they're the best racing skis out there.

But frankly, unclear why you're not listing Atomics, which are the standard for powerful racers for big guys, or Blizzards, which are becoming what Volkl used to be, the best all arounds...
post #9 of 12
I skied the Atomic GS "cheater" ski last year and was very pleasantly suprised. Very stable at speed and I'm 190#.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
The Oversized 9X has a different radius than the World Cup which I have. I have decided against the Oversized after some more digging.

Gonna look into the Heads and possibly the Bizzards.

I use Race Tiger SL's 165 for slalom. FWIW

I have a pair of Atomics and the binding system I have never been a fan of. Probably has something to do with destroying my knee on them.

So list changed

Fischer RC
Head iSpeed
Bizzard GSR
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by HB2ski View Post

So list changed

Fischer RC
Head iSpeed
Bizzard GSR
From this list Blizzard GSR!!!
post #12 of 12
Any of the choices that you listed would be good ones. I have a couple of pairs of the Fischer Worldcup RC's and a pair of the Rossignol 9X Oversize for sale if your interested in saving some money.
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