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Adult or junior race skis for me?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I'm 20 yrs. old, 122lbs, 5' 10".

The two skis I am considering are:

1) Rossignol Radical RS Racing 150cm (junior) - $520
2) Salomon Equipe 3V Powerline + Z12 155cm (adult) - $670

I recently demo-ed the above mentioned Salomon, and found it comfortable doing small/medium radius carves - I didn't find it physically overpowering.

However, I am seriously considering the Rossi because:1) it's brand new (the Salomon would be a season demo), and 2) it's cheaper.

I am planning to keep these skis long-term (at least 5 years).
I don't ski very often (5-8 times a season), and am not in 'top' physical form.
I am an intermediate that can do race carves, and looking to improve my game.
I'm not interested in GS, mainly small-radius and maybe some medium radius.
I am exclusively interested in race skis.. I understand that there are other categories of skis out there, but I'm interested in getting race skis.

My worries about the Rossi: the 150cm size and the "junior" factor (if this even is a factor or are the junior race skis nearly identical to the adult version?)

Any insight would be great - thanks!
Edited by triple.black - 3/8/10 at 8:46pm
post #2 of 6
Assuming you are probably going to gain some weight as you get older (and even at that height regardless of weight) I would stay away from junior skis and probably would go with 160-165cm.

I'm around 5'8"-5'9", 155, now 23.  My first pair of SLs were 155cm Dynastars (which I got back when 155cm was what everybody was racing for slalom) and then I moved up to 165cm Rossis.  In my mind, the 165 cm made for a superior ski on and off the course.  The longer ski is still super quick and turny, but much more stable and confident holding and edge across hard surfaces.  More fun to ski out of the course and my racing improved with the switch as well.

Are you actually racing or just looking for a race ski to use for freeskiing?  Most likely either way, given your stated intermediate level, you will not want a race stock slalom ski at 165cm.  However, the consumer race skis are usually more forgiving and will be easier for you to work at the 165.

I know you said you want a slalom ski, but for the non-racer who wants a race ski I really like a ski like the Fischer World Cup RC Pro (many other companies make similar models).  Although they're dressed like a GS ski, they're sort of a GS and Slalom hybrid with a 16m radius (which is actually closer to that of a SL ski), and a bit softer/more forgiving.  The result is something that does a nice mid-short turn and is less demanding than a true race ski.  Those skis, in my mind, are the best choice for anybody who wants a race ski but is not actually racing.
post #3 of 6
I'd seriously avoid ever buying junior skis (they are not just short adult skis) - you won't get any power out of them and with your height & weight 150cm or 155cm is very short - I'd go at least 165. I'm 110lbs & 5'6" - I ski 155cm slalom skis. I'm not familiar with the Salomon model but one bit of advise I'd give you is test them against regular carvers/ cheater race skis - race skis are not all rounders or general purpose skis and the fis legal ones are hard work & unforgiving. there are plenty of non-legal but high performance race skis, i had a pair of Fischer RC4 WC SC and they were a good medium if you're used to race skis but want a more fun, less hard-work slalom ski
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
My current skis are yr. 2000 Salomon Crossmax 10T 160cm R17. I found that I had substantially greater control and could better achieve the small/medium radius turns I was looking for when I demo-ed the Salomon Equipe 3V, compared to my current junior Crossmax skis. I'm thinking that it has to do with the radius and height. The Equipe 3V is definitely heavier than the junior Crossmax but I didn't find that it had a negative impact on my skiing.

So, the Salomon Equipe 3V can be used as a reference. I've demo-ed it and found it good and able to handle. From that perspective, where does the Rossi Radical RS Racing (junior) stand?

I'm okay with 155cm... but I'd like some more insight on whether a 150cm would be okay for me? I'm not focused so much on speed, but rather small/medium turns, so I think 150-160 would suffice.

As mentioned before, I'd inclined to buy the junior Rossi skis (for the reasons listed above) unless there's critical reasons why they would not suit me.

Thanks!
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by triple.black View Post
As mentioned before, I'd inclined to buy the junior Rossi skis (for the reasons listed above) unless there's critical reasons why they would not suit me.
 

If power is not a critical reason, then I see no reason not to get them if you have your heart set on them. Like I said above, Junior & Adult skis are in no way "identical but for height", take them for a demo and if you like them, get them. If you can't demo them and are buying on spec then my advise would be don't. Get adults
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
I appreciate your advice mollym - thanks!

... still not 100% sure which to get :\
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