Advanced ski's for 6ft 125lb 17 year old?
In the next three years I will probably grow about 2in at most. I found a pair of of Rossignol ACTYS 200 with nice bindings for $300. My current ski's are set with a DIN of 6, and I ski on blacks and double blacks the steeper the better. I will be also be doing some mogul runs. I was thinking of getting a pair of ski's in the Slalomon X series but decided to go with a wooden core so the ski's would last longer. Do these sound like the right ski's for me and if they do you think I should go one step up to the ACTYS 300?
While it may have been true in the past that foam core skis tended to "break down" faster than wood core skis, that is not the case today with the technology that is available. Most major manufacturers use a foam core in the majority of their skis. If they use a wood core it is in their race skis or in their lower end skis where they are using cheaper components in the skis' construction and want to give the ski an extra bit of life.
The ACTYS line from Rossignol is their middle of the road ski and is pretty much designed for intermediate skiers who stay on the groomed runs. Do not be deceived by the fact they have a wood core. The Zenith line, which is their next ski line up, has the foam core, better binding and base material. If you anticipate growing and gaining weight I would look at the Z9 or Z5.
You mentioned getting a Salomon X series. Great skis in their own right. Very similar to the Rossignol B series. Keep in mind these are "mid-fat" skis. Their waist is going to be slightly wider. This means they will be excellent in varying snow type conditions but won't really excel on the groomed runs for carving or in the bumps. It's simple physics and movement dynamics but when the ski gets wider in its waist or under your foot, the slower you can move from edge to edge. The snappier quick turns you need in the bumps and on ice will be easier with a ski which is more narrow under your foot.
If you're looking for something which will be a 50/50 ski - 50% on the groomed runs, 50% in other conditions - look at the Rossignol B2. You will not be disappointed.
As far as the DIN is concerned. That is purely a function of your height, weight, sole length of your ski boot, and your skier ability level (1,2,3). The ski shop sets the DIN according to these factors. If you find that your ski is releasing when you do not need it to, go to a ski shop and have them adjust it. Do not do it yourself!! Even cranking the DIN up one number could lead to the ski NOT releasing when you need it to, damaging a knee or worse.
If you dont want to give that ski or a Blizzard a try, I would probably say to go for the Rossi. Just from good experience on their skis.
From the type of skiing that you said you did, its also quite important to get a nice and stiff boot. I tried the "soft" setting on my boot down the blacks and I could not ski it very well.
Just as an added thought: if you do hardcore skiing like you say you do, I would turn the DIN up a little bit. I keep mine up near 10-12 depending on how I feel and that seems to work. I've never tried it any lower but 6 seems like it could come off at any moment. I had a friend try to race with a setting of 4, and he could not get through the course without his skis just falling off.
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