What do you find different about the SL from the others? Can you elaborate on the "different personality" aspect?I would be surprised if there was much of a difference between years on the Stöckli. I have skied most of the "cheater SLs" on the market and IMO the Stöckli Laser SL is in a class by its self. The place I bought mine from calls it their "Secret Ski". They weren't kidding, the Laser SL has a different personality that the others. BTW, mine are 170s with Marker Piston Plates and 16 DINs. This might be overkill for some, for a recreational SL. I'm 6'4' and 270.
You ask.....I will give it a shot. For starters, keep in mind that these impressions are coming from a person on the far end of the size spectrum. I am 6'4" and north of 260. I ski in Michigan were a short radius ski is a must have IMO. One day during a grooming break I was killing time in the ski shop talking skis with the man, and he says " Ever try a SL?" I respond "NO"...The guy sets up a pair of Fischer 165 cheater SLs and I was changed forever. I never imagined a ski could be such ripping fun. I slept on it, and returned the next day to buy. I have owned or skied extensively the following over the past 7 years. Fischer SC 165 [cheater SL] This was very capable and outstanding fun! Surprisingly versatile as well. If I would have been able to find one in a 170 size, I might still have it.What do you find different about the SL from the others? Can you elaborate on the "different personality" aspect?
It depends! Different brands respond differently to moving the binding, that is whey i asked which ski you are on.Head I.sl, on the line
Do you think moving one hole forward and skiing centered might be better?
yes, that is where you should be ideally. Particularly on a slalom ski, you need to be able to recover form sudden fore/aft changes (why I prefer the 165 to a 157) .By centered I mean flexing my ankle and driving pressure to the front of the ski through the tongue. Just not pulling feet back so much that my balance feels forward on my toes.
Oh Bummer!!! yes, the non-FIS are really not designed to spend much time in gates or this is the result. To be fair you can experience the same with a FIS slalom ski as well but it tends to take longer. How bad is it? Can you glue and clamp it?Well, funny thing happened. In a poignant demonstration of the wisdom offered in the original (non FIS) slalom ski review... when I was going to move my bindings I noticed one of my shovels had started delaminating. So, no test of the mounting position change, but I’ll be moving to the RD this week and I’m really looking forward to how they perform.