Got a chance to take a pair of next year's retail GS for a run through the NASTAR course.
Me: Sr. citizen, short, heavy, night league regular, sometimes Platinum-level racer.
Ski: 174 cm 2010 Atomic Doubledeck Race GS (retail version); radius was marked 17.8, I beleive.
Conditions: warm, softish; harder-pack in course - not really full eastern ice, though.
Ski was "heavy and flat-on-the-snow feeling" - quite damp, I thought, and very stable for a 174. Carved precise turns down to the course. Absolutely no slippage in course; it goes right where you want and sucks up ruts. I felt like they were hooking up a bit too much (that slow, too-much-in-control feeling), but that was not the case according to the clock - pretty much the same as my Stockli GS 184s that I ran through first. Not sure I would buy this as a dedicated race ski as I like to feel a bit more "action" under my feet.
Recommendation: If someone wanted to be serious about NASTAR or league racing but only have one ski in the quiver, this would be a good choice for race and free-skiing big and medium turns in eastern conditions (except moguls). I'm sure I could learn to be happy on it.
Edited by NE1 - 2/26/2009 at 07:05 pm