I had a pair of 2006 Supershapes in 170 stolen last weekend. They were near mint and by far the best ski I have ever skied on. Very versatile, stiff but forgiving and they could lay down a rail like nothing else. You have to work them in the thickstuff but I always felt in control. Anyhow I have to replace them. I also have a pair of 2006 Volkl Racetiger GS (orange). The racetigers feel like a 2x4 compared to the Head. They are a great stable ski but they do not initiate a turn as well. To be fair they also have a larger radius. But the Supershapes just felt solid! They were quite bit heavier but you never felt it when turning into the fall line. That model is no longer made and I need to find a replacement. They were 121-66-110 and I want to find something similar. I tried the Rossi WC 9X last week. Great solid ski, wider under foot, and not quite as quick to initiate. Leaning towards the Supershape Magnum, the XRC 1100, or the Stockli Laser Cross Pro. I am 50, 165 lbs, athletic, expert skier, going through gates once now and then, and ski about 30 days a year (used to be over 100). Skiing in the rockies. Any suggestions?
Skis to replace my stolen Superspeeds
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I should be getting back a brand new pair of ss magnums from Head in a 170. I'm considering selling them. Since you're 165lbs a 170cm would probably be ok, but I'd recommend the 177 for out west. Bob Peters who posts here skis those at Jackson Hole. He wrote a review.
This ski is not really comparable to the Stockli Laser Cross Pro. I've never tried the Pros but I've flexed them in the store. The Stocklis are much stiffer. If you want something to take in the gates, go with the Stocki Lasers.