Michael - Thanks for the quick reply. I've tried some of the "all mountain" types skis and just never been that happy with them. I want a "performance ski" I can "run hard and put up wet". I realize that these aren't really for "cruising" but that's OK. I don't really "cruise" that much. In fact, what I still do (even @ 46 years old) is go at the hill hard. I still ski the bumps and black and double black are still well within my range. In short, unless my legs are burning and I feel completely spent, I don't feel like I have skied at all. So, fatigue is simply an integral part of skiing for me (even now).
I want a ski I can "trust" on those runs to turn when I make it turn. I generally don't like GS ski's as they simply can't do the turns the way I need them too. However, I DO want a performance ski that "can" stay stable at higher speeds. As a point of reference, when I said I don't ski like I used to you have to keep in mind that I was a competitive NASTAR racer at one point (mid-to high regional rank) and other times I was doing 360's and backscratchers as I made my way down the mogul runs (back when VERY few were doing that back in the earlier eightys) so when I say I don't do the things I used too, you have to realize the point of reference. I have taken my 13 year old through a few of the terrain parks and shown him how to ride the rails and go off the smaller jumps with 360's and stuff but don't really ski that way day-to-day.
As a point of reference, I liked the Vokle RaceTiger's as well as the AtomicSL12 Race that I demo'd in the past. Going a bit easier, I have been considering trying the Atomic Metron 9 as I've heard good things about it but I am a bit hesitant as I've never tested them myself. I am demoed the Head iSupershape "Liquidmetal" ski in a 170cm length today (12.1 radius). It can get VERY fast but it also gets a a bit "twitching" once you get it over 40 or 50Mph. I am very familiar with the liquid metal tech having been one of the first to play it in both golf clubs as well as tennis rackets but I have got to say that it has "come alive" in this sport.
Last thing - I know that this may be a contradictory statement but ski weight has ALWAYS been an issue for me. I went to the extreme's with prior skis by using the lightest weight binding I could possibly find (Marker Titanium's on the S7's I have now) so I would like to get the lightest ski/binding possible that would meet my needs. I haven't looked into the newer combos but do realize that I have to take the Fischer bindings with the SC Pro's which (I think) should be OK.
Hmmm, I just read an online review and now see that some are having a hard time being as "precise" as these require. Then again, that was written by a guy who had been skiing on a pair of supercross so maybe he wasn't an appropriate equivalent for my consideration? BTW, I can't demo the SC Pros, I can only buy or not buy them before I ski tomorrow....
Just read about the Fischer 8+'s as well and do see what you mean. They are a 12 radius as well and the reviews have them with solid stability at higher speeds...
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