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Rossi Z9's Skis - Intermediate Skier

post #1 of 15
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Can anyone tell me if the Rossi Z9's are too much ski for an intermediate skier? I just bought a pair but I am thinking of returning them out of fear they are too much for me. I would categorize myself as a level 4/5 skier. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!
post #2 of 15
Its not like you've just passed the driving exam and bought a Dodge Viper ... and in blizzard want to drive to mountains...

You have paid a bit more for a ski that you can't enjoy for all 100% yet... 'Yet' is the keyword...
Just push yourself harder to improve... After a some time you will have the same skis, but they will fit you perfectly... No need to buy new ones

It took me one ride down the track to grow to my RX8... I had to keep up with a guy who was racing skijoring some years ago...

I had a good example and a goal.. And I had to reach for it as I didn't want to be smoked by a 50yo old-timer (no offence )
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by irafar View Post
'Yet' is the keyword...
Just push yourself harder to improve... After a some time you will have the same skis, but they will fit you perfectly... No need to buy new ones

It took me one ride down the track to grow to my RX8... I had to keep up with a guy who was racing skijoring some years ago...

I had a good example and a goal.. And I had to reach for it as I didn't want to be smoked by a 50yo old-timer (no offence )
There you go. I always prefer a new ski a little outside my comfort range. It punks me a few times in the beginning, but that is a normal part of the learning curve. What you bought should allow you to grow into the ski quickly. Don't worry, just go ski them and make them your B!tch
post #4 of 15
How big are you? What size did you buy?
post #5 of 15
Not knowing your height/weight and ski size chosen, it's hard to say with certainty. However, the Zenith Z9 has a very forgiving nature and I know intermediates who ski it and really like it.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well, i'm 175 pounds and 6 ft tall so I purchased a pair 170's. Going out this this weekend to try them...can't wait.
post #7 of 15
You'll be fine.
You may not take full advantage of your extra $, but this ski don't punish a sloppy techique.
post #8 of 15
youll be fine.

the only difference between the z10/9 and the more "intermediate" orinted z6/5 was the addition of a thin metal layer to increase torsional stiffness a touch...if you were 150 pounds you might have something to worry about but at 6' 175 you should be golden

the main thing the price difference covers is the upgrade to the axial heelpiece from the axium
post #9 of 15
I've skied the Z9's eight times last season and seven times this season and I've had a blast on em. They are really fun skis that will do pretty much whatever your want them to do. They are also very user friendly; think dolphin not shark. I'm 5'8", 180lbs and I was on 170s, BTW.

Unfortunately I've outgrown them as they're pretty narrow at the waist for powder and they don't handle enough speed for me. But, my ski level is between advanced and expert and I'm really off-piste a lot more these days.

You don't need to be intimidated by these skis is the bottom line.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mutorq View Post
Unfortunately I've outgrown them as they're pretty narrow at the waist for powder and they don't handle enough speed for me. But, my ski level is between advanced and expert and I'm really off-piste a lot more these days
Outgrown them? Doubt it. You don't really "outgrow" skis due to their waist size. Skiing them in conditions other than where they excel? Probably. They are a groomer ski, and they have a speed limit.
post #11 of 15
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Outgrown them? Doubt it. You don't really "outgrow" skis due to their waist size. Skiing them in conditions other than where they excel? Probably. They are a groomer ski, and they have a speed limit.
Well whatever but I picked up some Fischer watea 94's today!
post #12 of 15
In the interests of precision in language, if he used to find them ok, but now skis at speeds where their speed limit is a problem for him, he has outgrown them in some sense. They would probably be all right in powder speed-limit wise, but he prefers wider skis for that.

I think they are directed to intermediates, and marketed as higher because most intermediates rate themselves higher.
post #13 of 15
Good carving skis are great to learn on. Have fun.
post #14 of 15
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Well whatever but I picked up some Fischer watea 94's today!
Good choice - you'll be happier for sure, especially in the conditions you described!
post #15 of 15
It's fine.
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