Height 5'6" weight: 165-170 age 54 years young
intermediate skier- ski mostly groomed blue. No off piste. Just got back into it after a long layoff.
My present skis are 160 cm Fischer RC4 Race SC. Love this ski. They are the '07 model (really a RX 8 with different graphics from what I've been told). After a long layoff from skiing and being on traditional "straight" skis, I got these to learn to carve (thanks guys for your suggestions from last year from my post "what size ski"). I went from scarving turns on rentals to carving the very next day. Couldn't believe the difference. As a matter of fact, these skis do not really like to skid. Just tip the ski and around they go. Love the 65 mm waist. My only regret on these is that i wish i got them 5 cm longer.
I thought of expanding my quiver and adding an all mountain ski. As mentioned, the RC4 SC is such a great ski on groomers in hard pack and ice. it's just very turny (which i like), doesn't care to go straight, and maybe because of the length, feels a little squirrelly when building momentum. It also can get a little taxing on the legs over the day. It's not a relaxing ski (but did I say fun). I was looking for something to compliment this ski on days where it's mainly crud or where I want a little longer, less turny and more stable ski. Also, they would still be used for groomers and not off piste. I saw great deals on these skis since they were last season and the season before.
Atomic Metron 11B5c in 164 (would this ski be too stiff for my weight and level ?)
Head IM 78 & 82 (both in 171 & 177)
Head iXRC 1100 in 171 ? (I think it was that length. Is this ski too close to the RC4 SC so not worth looking at?)
Would love some input on these from people who have skied them. Also since i'll be using them for groomed trails, should I even consider these skis and just stick to the Fischers.