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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Alright I been looking around and I have not found much for reviews on the Rossi Radical 9s skis from last year 08. Some of the other ski's I have thought about are Fischer WC SL, possibly the Head WC SL ski's but I think most are out priced in what I was looking to spend. Anyways I have only seen magazine reviews and wondering what anyone skied on them thought. Just looking for a fun ski that will make the Minnesota icy hills a little more fun. Right now I am on a Fischer RX-8 which is fun cruiser, but looking for something a little more racey. I am 6-0, 200 and probaly would consider myself an advanced skier, but not an expert. From what I have read and found in my researching the Rossi would be a good ski to get into as my first true SL ski. Whats everyone think?? Thanks.
post #2 of 11
this years 9S oversize (or cs70) kicks the pants off previous years...wood core WC construction...you cant even mention last years in the same breath as this years..
post #3 of 11
Fischer over Rossi's any day IMO, I have the Fischer RC4's SC pro's now (non FIS) but have owned FIS approved ones when i used to race and I preferred them over the Rossi's. Both are however excellent ski's and really its down to personal preference. You cant go wrong with either.
post #4 of 11
I just don't know why you guys are all craving on this year's 9s (cs70). I tried them and I found them extraordinarily nimble but the tail was WAY too soft for me. It made the ski too forgiving for my tastes and I felt like I was losing speed because I was too much in the backseat but the ski wasn't reacting to that mistake. (BTW, i'm 190 pounds) I guess I really like being thrown in the air when I get in the backseat... I really liked the Fischer wc sl, and i still try to try the atomic and the head. Still, rossis are good but not excellent.
post #5 of 11
Extreme22,
I'm your size and have a Blizzard Sl 165 and just enjoy skiing short radius turns with it. Last week I demo'd the new Rossi CX70 165 and it was a pleasant surprise. Great edge hold on some very hard snow, nimble and just plain fun. It had a great tune and that helped a lot. I told the Rossi rep "keep building skis like these"! There are a lot of good threads about SL skis used for recreational purposes. If you can get a good deal on one, go for it.
post #6 of 11

Atomic SL12...

...any year, although current or last year are probably best...
post #7 of 11
I know you siad the Head is too spendy, but get on a Pair of i.sl or even better i.sl Rd

I own the Atomic SL12 PB and the Head i.sl Rd. Get Head you'll never go back!
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have found the Rossi's Radical 9's 07/08 from last year looks like a demo pair which I think I can pick up locally for around 480 complete and they are in like new condition. I have to deciede to wait till this summer and buy something on blowout from the 08/09 lines and just finish out the year with what I have with the RX-8's. I am not in any hurry to go buy something, but just found a decent deal on last years Rossi's. If this years ski's are that much better I have no problem in waiting to get a good price on a better pair of skis. Next year I am also thinking about possibly getting into some ski racing after my knee is fully healed (I have done some Nastar in the past with my RX8's), but the whole race ski is another purchase this ski is just to try and make some short icy hills a little more fun. I have also looked at the Blizzard SL, Volkl SL, Atomic's. What I want is a ski that is quick turning, rails on ice, and is a ski that will make me be a better skier. I have been skiing for approx 6 years, and before that I was a snowboarder for 5 years? before I switched to skiing.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
As for the Head ski's, I have actually never skiied on a pair before so just might have to give it a try.
post #10 of 11

No ski is going to...

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Originally Posted by Xtreme22 View Post
I have found the Rossi's Radical 9's 07/08 from last year looks like a demo pair which I think I can pick up locally for around 480 complete and they are in like new condition. I have to deciede to wait till this summer and buy something on blowout from the 08/09 lines and just finish out the year with what I have with the RX-8's. I am not in any hurry to go buy something, but just found a decent deal on last years Rossi's. If this years ski's are that much better I have no problem in waiting to get a good price on a better pair of skis. Next year I am also thinking about possibly getting into some ski racing after my knee is fully healed (I have done some Nastar in the past with my RX8's), but the whole race ski is another purchase this ski is just to try and make some short icy hills a little more fun. I have also looked at the Blizzard SL, Volkl SL, Atomic's. What I want is a ski that is quick turning, rails on ice, and is a ski that will make me be a better skier. I have been skiing for approx 6 years, and before that I was a snowboarder for 5 years? before I switched to skiing.
..."make" you a better skier, but the right ski can let you make yourself a better skier. Personally, I'd get the Rossis and get going with the short turn thingie. Your RX8s are okay all mountain skis, but they ain't gonna slice and dice the way any SL ski will. I've been on Atomics exclusively for a while, and one of my teammates (who is a former National Masters Class Champion in SL...twice) and I both got pairs of the Atomic SL12 165 cm. race stock ski this year...and we both think it's the best SL ski we've ever been on. But you're gonna hear that from everybody who skis on the other brands, and loves 'em. If you want to find the ski that you fall in love with, well, you have to ski on all of them. I've skied on the current generations of just about everything...Fischer, Atomic, Blizzard, Head, and so forth, and Atomic floats my boat...your mileage may vary...
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Well I wasnt implying the ski necessarily would magically make me an amazing skier... it doesnt work that way??? damn. Thanks for all the advice, I just saw that the 07/08 Rossi Radical 9S were at a good price locally and I have not seen them that cheap anywhere else approx 480 w/bindings. Being I have never skiied a SL ski I was looking for something that would be a little more forgiving and a ski that wouldnt punish me to badly for making a mistake. I have skied a very short Atomic Metron 9 which I think was a 157 I know I cant compare directly to Atomics SL ski's, but those short lil skis were alot of fun, but to small for me. Thanks!
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