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Lots of prople seem to be searching for 'piste skis', so called 'advanced piste skis' at that. (Ski-a-cross, blah, blah)
This would suggest to me, that you already ski well and that you would like to ski on something more stable at speed.

My question therefore is,
"If you like to ski like this, Why do you not buy real race skis, or the commercial race/piste versions.?"
They often have a slightly better side-cut than the (Ski-a-cross) version, have slight changes in surface materials and have a choice of plate, so you can choose the binding you put on it.

Is this marketing and are you being scared off a product that would ski as well? Twisted Evil
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SMALLZOOKEEPER, good question. I have yet to work out what Skier cross skis are all about. Seems to me a SL/GS ski would do the job.

Smells suspiciously like a wee marketing scam...

But, my observation is that people aren't as scared off of "race" skis as they should be. Far too many pairs about, massaging internal egos.
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SMALLZOOKEEPER, what skis are you talking about? Do you mean Volkl 6* vs Volkl Racetiger? Or do you mean "consumer" Rossignol 9x vs "race stock" Rossignol 9x (or maybe salomon 2v vs salomon lab gs)?


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I tried out the Rossi 9S WC and Oversize versions last season. I thought there was a big difference between the two, but the WC version demanded skiing well all the time otherwise it was a real handful. But when you did ski it hard the WC version was much more secure and 'grippy'. I've just bought the Rossi 9X WC version which I hope will be equally rewarding for GS turns on piste. Trouble with buying race department skis is that (a) not that many places sell them, and (b) they're not cheap!
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David Murdoch wrote:
SMALLZOOKEEPER, good question. I have yet to work out what Skier cross skis are all about. Seems to me a SL/GS ski would do the job.

Smells suspiciously like a wee marketing scam...

But, my observation is that people aren't as scared off of "race" skis as they should be. Far too many pairs about, massaging internal egos.


Race skis, as a rule are very well made and our margins often refect that. We can't stop the few getting their ego's massaged by it, but i'd leave them to it, it's a humourus "ski stereotype". It certainly helps me spot them in the shop.

"Yeah yeah, stiff, oh yeah, sharp, oh yeah very, how much, oh, not too much, cann you ski well, oh, you're training to be an instuctor, oh, nice one"

I think it goes a little like that, tee hee.

No, if i could ski ok, and wanted a piste ski, i'd defenatley buy a race ski. It would be more stable and hold a carve like a roller-coaster. If i started to get tired i'd blame the speed i was now travelling at for the aching legs not the stiff ski. Twisted Evil
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sugardaddy wrote:
SMALLZOOKEEPER, what skis are you talking about? Do you mean Volkl 6* vs Volkl Racetiger? Or do you mean "consumer" Rossignol 9x vs "race stock" Rossignol 9x (or maybe salomon 2v vs salomon lab gs)?

All of them. Read the thread, S>L>O>W>L>E>Y Twisted Evil
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rob@rar.org.uk wrote:
I tried out the Rossi 9S WC and Oversize versions last season. I thought there was a big difference between the two, but the WC version demanded skiing well all the time otherwise it was a real handful. But when you did ski it hard the WC version was much more secure and 'grippy'. I've just bought the Rossi 9X WC version which I hope will be equally rewarding for GS turns on piste. Trouble with buying race department skis is that (a) not that many places sell them, and (b) they're not cheap!


What were conditions like? What boots do you ski on? Twisted Evil
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The 9X rocks, now don't be scared. Go catch flies in those teeth. Twisted Evil
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SMALLZOOKEEPER wrote:
What were conditions like? What boots do you ski on? Twisted Evil

Conditions ranged from hard pack, a few CMs of fresh, and glacier ice.
Boots are Nordica Beast 12 from last season.
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Footbed? Custom liner? Do they hurt a bit, your boots? Twisted Evil
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Footbed? Custom liner? Do they hurt a bit, your boots? Twisted Evil

Footbed - Yes.
Custom liner - no, not at the moment.
Boots hurt? Nope, as comfortable as slippers.
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Do you tighten them on the race skis? Twisted Evil
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So you think any reasonably good skier would be better off on "real race skis"? I though the marketeers were trying to get to buy skis that are above our level and more expensive, no? You seem to be implying that they are convincing us to ski on lower level skis? why would they do that? Why aren't more instructors on "real race skis"?
I would gladly try a race ski, should the oportunity arise, but i'm not convinced i'm a match for such a ski
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SMALLZOOKEEPER wrote:
Do you tighten them on the race skis? Twisted Evil

Yup. Feet go numb after 30 minutes, so I can't feel the pain after then!
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sugardaddy wrote:
So you think any reasonably good skier would be better off on "real race skis"? I though the marketeers were trying to get to buy skis that are above our level and more expensive, no? You seem to be implying that they are convincing us to ski on lower level skis? why would they do that? Why aren't more instructors on "real race skis"?
I would gladly try a race ski, should the oportunity arise, but i'm not convinced i'm a match for such a ski


Please read my thread. A reasonably good skier. I didn't say that. Twisted Evil
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Cool, which skis did you test again?

Spot of research, you mind? Twisted Evil
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SMALLZOOKEEPER wrote:
Cool, which skis did you test again?

Spot of research, you mind? Twisted Evil

Is this question for me?
I tried a range of skis during the week: Head WC Slalom from about 3 seasons ago (with the Intellisense? chip-thingys in them), 9S Oversize, 9S World Cup, 9X Oversize and an older pair of 9X (Power Pulsion?).
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rob@rar.org.uk wrote:
SMALLZOOKEEPER wrote:
Cool, which skis did you test again?

Spot of research, you mind? Twisted Evil

Is this question for me?
I tried a range of skis during the week: Head WC Slalom from about 3 seasons ago (with the Intellisense? chip-thingys in them), 9S Oversize, 9S World Cup, 9X Oversize and an older pair of 9X (Power Pulsion?).


Yes for you, sorry. I thought you may have been testing all brand of race ski. Twisted Evil
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SMALLZOOKEEPER wrote:
I thought you may have been testing all brand of race ski. Twisted Evil

It wasn't a systematic test, I just fancied trying out a few different models. I suspect that with my limited experience of different skis I probably wouldn't have been able to distinguish between various brands of race department ski.
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SZK, "If i started to get tired"

You get tired? How quaint. wink

sugardaddy, I know you weren't addressing the Q at me, but hey, I have a large Vechia Romagna in front of me, dutch courage and all that...

..."So you think any reasonably good skier would be better off on "real race skis"?" IMHO, nope. Not a chance. Although I was amused to see a party last season (blokes on a weekend I think?) who all had "systems". Boots bindings and skis all matched. Different brands, etc. They were all "race" skis/boots and the users were maybe a 4 or 5 on SZKs list. Funny.

"I though the marketeers were trying to get to buy skis that are above our level and more expensive, no?" I would imagine they are, yes! Certainly more expensive!!

"Why aren't more instructors on "real race skis"? " Most instructors I know just don't want to have to work that hard. Especially with 12 squalling brats in a Morzine late season rainstorm!!
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"I though the marketeers were trying to get to buy skis that are above our level and more expensive, no?" I would imagine they are, yes! Certainly more expensive!!

"Why aren't more instructors on "real race skis"? " Most instructors I know just don't want to have to work that hard. Especially with 12 squalling brats in a Morzine late season rainstorm!![/quote]

The marketeers would prefer you to by a ski for your level, the trick is, to make you feel like your level has changed, so therefore you need to change to ski to continue improving and so on and so on.
Mrs S.Z.Keeper is International Marketing Manager for a well known ski manufacturer. However the guys in the factories work very hard to deliver a product that is close to the target markets needs.

78% of ski instructors are teaching very basic techniques at a below average ability level. I'm sure there is a pair of rockets in the garage, but the most part have a teaching pair. This is often an end of line purchase, a freebee or all-mountain work/playski. The other 22% are race/club intructors, high ability instructors or off-piste/ freestyle instructors whos equipment yelds other benifits. Twisted Evil
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