Model: 9s World Cup
Size(cm) / Radius(m): 150/10 155/11 165/12
Sidecut : 117-65-104
Length tested: 165
“FIS approved slalom ski for competitive athletes and technical skiers.”
Just to start with the cons: They are expensive. Do not expect your loved one to understand this investment. List price in europe is about Euro 1000, adding bindings (I ski on the Race Stock FKS 155 Look binding) the total is around Euro 1350.
Now, to the skis: I am skiing the 165cm, Y64 sidecut: 117-65-104 r=12.2m, which is the standard Slalom World Cup size. The skies also comes in 150 cm and 155 cm length.
Even though these are race skis, they are a lot similar to the 9S in the Oversize series. They differ in a little less sidecut, and with a new round look tip, which looks very nice. So you might want to look into them as well.
The skis are pretty heavy, making them excellent in high speed - you can make balanced turns easily with your body in straight down position. This is the ultimate way to ski, to carry the speed out of the turns and manage to control your skis at high speed in steep slopes.
The weight and shape also plows away any disturbance in the snow, which makes the ride smooth even in the most icy snow conditions. It also is a great ski for off piste skiing, as long as you do not fall a lot. Getting the speed back then might be a struggle.
At low speed, and for beginners, these skis can make things difficult.
The fact is that these are skis for advanced skiers, not for the 2 pm afterski show off type of skier. (They will probably be stolen outside the after ski anyway)
So if you are an expirienced skier, you will have to check out these skis. They are grooovy. Best skis I have ever taken to the slopes (10 out of 10).
Real time prices for the Rossignol World Cup 9S 2005, or similar ski products: