"What are you on now? How do you like them?"
I'm skiing Rossi Vipers 174cm (the longest that they made in this super slalom ski). I've really enjoyed their quickness, grip on ice, and their short turning ability. I found them lacking in stability at very high speed (had to reel back my speed at times) and in crud (got knocked around a little). I'd like my new pair to compliment my Vipers (I'm going to keep them) and address the 2 problems.
"I own the 5* T50 (2 year old model) so I am sort of biased. The skis rip. 168cm is the length for short turns and speed"
I'm wondering how this year's 5* compares with yours? From what I've read, I think yours may be may be closer to ths year's 6*. This year's 5*'s are a little softer and more forgiving, I believe.
I don't know what you height and weight you are, but I was thinking of a length of about 175 for each of the skis I'm considering. In fact I emailed Elan and they recommended the 168 or 176 cm S12 (over the S10) depending on the type of skiing I preferred. Even though I like short turns, I want something a little more stable than my Vipers so I'm thinking 176. I've also emailed Volkl and Fischer about length, but no reply yet. I know that all 3 of the "new" skis are wider at shovel, rear, and waist than my Vipers. That probably should be a consideration when trying to compare the length of the Vipers to the others. I would be interested in your take (or anyone else knowledgeable) as to the best length for me based on what I've said.
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