The Elan SL Fusion is a great Slalom ski. One may look at the brand’s catalog and may think the Elan SL Fusion is practically the same as its brother the SLX Fusion. Don’t be fooled, because there is a good difference between the two, and it shows clearly.
Blizzard classifies the Blizzard G-Power FS IQ as a high performance all rounder. And this concept seems to fit well in this model. It shows good manners in all terrains and all circumstances. But, as with almost every ski in this category, its virtue is also its flaw. Qualifying ok at everything often results in not being noticeably good at anything. And in the Blizzard G-Power FS IQ this is a very obvious fact.
For this next 2014-2015 season, it features the same technologies from last year, such as the sandwich construction, triple titanal layer, the full suspension system, the tip and tail rocker, the IQ system, the space frame, and so on and so forth.
The Atomic Redster Marcel Hirscher SL model is not one single but two different skis under one name. And there is a very good reason for that to happen. Marcel Hirscher is a fully endorsed racer under Atomic´s umbrella. That means he has an specific model wearing his very own name. Hirscher has won the last three Overall World Cup title´s and that deserves some recognition. Giving someone’s name to a pair of skis is one of the nicest gifts a brand can make to its sponsored athletes.
The Dynastar Speed Omeglass Fluid is the second step and also the access point into the Dynastar SL offer. With an identical sidecut to his elder brother, the Dynastar Speed Omeglass Pro R20 Racing (119 – 67 – 102 mm), the Dynastar Speed Omeglass Fluid has a wider client scope in mind. The size offering is wider and it goes from the shortest size at 155cm. to the longest one at 172cm., through the 160 and 165cm. sizes.
The Blizzard SRC Racing S + Power 14 TCX ski is the top SL ski offer from Blizzard, aside from the dedicated FIS model. Don’t be fooled by how it looks nor by the idiotic piston in the middle of the plate. This is a very nice SL ski. As any other Slalom ski, it just wants to turn and turn, and turn once again.
The wide shovel will guide us inside every twirl easily, while the somewhat wider waist (70mm under the foot) will make things a bit easier for most users. Those experienced Slalom maniacs will enjoy this ski, although a narrower profile would have been more pleasant for them.
The Blizzard WRC Racing S + Power 14 TCX (flat with plate, as said in the brand’s brochure to give it an even longer name) is the second GS-like ski in the Blizzard’s Race range. It is quite similar to its brother, the Blizzard WRC Racing WC Piston. It is a more comfortable ski in an everyday use condition, although one should keep in mind this is still a demanding ski with a quite noticeable racing touch.
The size offer comes in four lenghts, going from 167cm for the shortest to 182cm for the longest, through 172cm and 176cm lengths as the intermediates. If we compare the Blizzard WRC Racing S + Power 14 TCX to its “older” brother, we’ll see the 167cm and the 172cm lengths are the new additions here, and the 186cm is the missing one.
Similarly to the Blizzard RCS Racing S, the Blizzard SCS Racing S + Power 12 TCX is the secondary model in the Slalom category. And yet again, the similarities are many between all Slalom models as it happened in the Giant Slalom ones. Of course, the reactions are smoother. The physical and technical demands are lower here. These models are focused on pure enjoyment without lowering the performance too much.
The Blizzard WRC Racing WC Piston is one of the few good GS cheater skis available in the market today. Why cheater? Let me explain. The proper GS skis are the ones following the FIS rules. However, those rules are specific for competition and they are never intended for the general public. Because of that, all major brands split up their race ranges in two: one following the FIS standards and the other for the masses not following FIS rules. This way everyone is happy, specially those who really support this industry, the tourists.
The Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 GS is the Atomic’s Giant Slalom ski for the general public. Obviously It won’t be a best-seller, but every brand has to have one of this.
It looks good and feels good. The Redster Doubledeck 3.0 GS is what one expects from a major manufacturer when building a race carver with Giant Slalom aims. It feels solid and stable all the time. When “all the time” means skiing at legal speeds. Beyond that point where things get really fast, only length will make things easier. So those thinking on pushing their particular envelope please choose the longest sizes. However, those who are looking for an overall race ski with a GS touch although not willing to take a big compromise in the medium or even short turns, the Atomic Redster Doubledeck 3.0 GS is their new ally.
These are four Atomic Race skis that cover the «low» end in this technically demanding category. They are the second and even the third line in the race range, but don’t be fooled by this fact. These are good skis and you will be surprised by how well they behave. They are the perfect match for those looking for a Race ski, but still don’t have all the technical abilities and are on the way to achieve them. In this first classification, the first two are the second step in the range and the last two are the third:
- Atomic Redster Edge GS
- Atomic Redster Edge SL
- Atomic Redster LT
- Atomic Redster ST