The RX8 is not anything like a slalom ski. Perhaps more akin to a GS ski. I suppose you could ski it long or short and have it mimic one or the other. It has a 14m radius at 170cm.
It is very, very similar in terms of how it ski to the Sceneo 500. I'm not sure whether I could tell a great deal of difference. It is designed to have a slightly tighter turning radius.
I got a pair of the RX8's in early March of last year. I probably spent six days on it. I took my kid to Alta and Snowbird and it was great for those spots. It's a very good ski. It certainly is not merely a rehash of the Sceneo for several reasons. It is a different shape and the Sceneo series still exists, although, the 500 is not coming to the US.
I'm 5'10", 180 lbs., and ski the RX8 in a 170. I would not suggest it if you want it for short turns. A car analogy would be an Porsche, an E class Mercedes, and an S class Mercedes. The RX8 is not the S class full sized sedan, however, it's close. It certainly knows no speed limit. The WC SC is the short turn machine. The RX8 is very good on groomed or hard snow. I honestly have not skied it much in powder, busted up powder,crud, or bumps. Keep in mind at 66mm under foot it's a very narrow waisted ski in comparison to most all mountain products. I would want a wood core ski with no metal if I was going to spend much time in bumps.
The 8 is a combo of air carbon/Ti. The 6 is a wood core ski. T J Larson is the local Fischer guy, a very strong skier, built like a linebacker (6'4", 220 lbs.), and has said the 6 skis well. He has always been right on the money with his assesments.
I think a good two ski combo is the WC SC in a 160 and the 8 in a 170. If I was going to own one ski I think I'd do a WC RC in a 170 which would essentially split the difference in terms of turn radius between the two.
I've never owned a WC RC or skied it. I plan to buy it sight unseen this year.
[ September 11, 2003, 06:34 AM: Message edited by: Rusty Guy ]