I'm looking for the best allmountain GS or GS like (long turns basically) ski. I'm 5 feet and 9 inches (175 cm) tall and weigh 165 lbs. My skiing level is 8-8+/10.
What I mean by "best" is sacrificing as little as possoble of the racing characteristics in order to attain more versatility. These are the options that I see:
1) "second best" GS ski, e.g. RC4 RACE RC PRO RF SP 175cm
2) Fischer Progressor 07/08 170cm
3) narrow allmountain ski, e.g. Cool Heat 165/170 cm
4) top cross ski: Head i.XRC 1100 SW RFB or Nordica Speedmachine Mach 3 power Xbi ct 170/177/8 cm (according to World Ski Test http://www.austria-skitest.com/cms/i...gory=9&lang=en and skitest.net http://www.skitest.net/en-cross_carv...kitype-6.shtml)
Please tell me in which of the groups I would get the most for sacrifficing the least. I mostly enjoy high speeds and long turns, but I like trying everything I can in a given resort (I ski in different kinds of places in Europe). That's why I don't want top (non FIS) WC GS skis. I will be using the skis for off-piste sometimes, but I wouldn't like it to be the settling argument against option 1, especially if it would be much better in terms of on-piste performance than all the other. I understand that a ski can't do everything well and would be willing to accept the fact that off-piste would be difficult on them.
Please check if the lengths I chose were correct and tell me what lengths would be correct for the options about which I'm not sure.
Thanks in advance.