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Gear 2000: Conventional Rides

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Even though this is a year of radical change in slalom skis, most manufacturers are still offering more traditionally shaped slaloms, some of them only a couple years off the drawing board and still lively enough to kick serious butt. Here are the ones our testers particularly liked:

Rossignol 9S Pro 9.1 ($749): The second-highest-rated slalom ski in the test. “A perfect slalom race ski,” said one tester. “Doesn’t flinch when you stomp on it.”

Atomic Beta Race 9.34 RC ($910): All the testers appreciated its smoothness and stability. “Will dust the competition on turny mountain roads and hold its own on the autobahn,” said one tester.

Dynastar Speed ST ($725):Extremely versatile; this is a traditional fall-liner for the whole mountain. The test report: “No frills, bells, or whistles¿just a good short-turn ski for the strong, athletic skier.” Dynastar also has a new shaped slalom, the Speed STc, but it was introduced after our test was over.Check out the SKIING Magazine article, Gear 2000: Slalom RaceCheck out our giude to race skis 2000