I'm a beer league racer, early 40s, male, former USSA/High School skier, 5'10", 200 pounds, good physical condition. (I know...the charts say I should weigh around 170 but I'm built like a soccer player...all thighs. I cycle around 250 miles per week.) Our league races NASTARish courses...relatively tight GS turns. Usual times are around 17 to 18 seconds for the faster guys. I ski on Dobermann SLRs and Tecnica Diablos (flex 110). I will get new boots this year as the Tecnicas are too soft for me. That is a given. Unlike most NASTAR hills I have seen, our hill is relatively steep and as is the case in Michigan...hard pack...not ice but close enough. I raced about five years ago and the better racers where beating me by two seconds. This was my first year on shaped skiis and I was skiing a Soloman GS ski in 186. About three years ago I bought the Dobermanns and I spent some time learning how to ski them. I raced this year after a three year hiatus and I'm almost always in the top three and always within two or three tenths if I don't win.
So I'm considering a longer ski...either a short GS or a cheater. The short GS has the issue with the FIS radius. I don't know what a 16-17 radius cheater will do for me in terms of my time. The bootomline is that I want to go faster...duh.
I'm wondering if either option will make me faster or if I should just stick with the Dobermann SLRs.
As a side note, I really am interested in the aggresive side cuts of the Nordica Spitfire and the Blizzard that seems to be similar. Not predisposed to go with either but I like the concept.
BTW - this is my first post so if i put it in the wrong forum, let me know.
Thanks in advance.