Blah wrote:the problem you are having with the skis has nothing to do with the brand. You have a pair of skis that is too stiff for you. All of the R-skins I have skied are very easy to kick.
What is your weight? Did you happen to the keep the stickers that were on the base of the ski? If you have those still I can tell you exactly how close the skis are to your weight. For the R-Skins I tend to pick a ski that is about 4kg over my weight and I still get great kick and glide.
If you are running an NNN binding you could slide the binding forward to improve on your grip, especially in icy conditions where getting grip is more difficult.
I'm 82kg / 189 cm but there were no stickers on the base of the ski. There was only a tag by a serviceman that said they were measured.
I contacted the Rossignol importer and they said like you the R-skins are slightly softer and one should go for ~5kg more than recommended, but since I'm mostly going to be classic skiing with the family and not really striding full tilt, I gave my real weight to the shop instead of the weight+5kg, so in reality they should be softer rather than harder. The only thing is that the shop might have adjusted for this.
I did not try to move the binding yet, so there's that, but as you confirm, the icy and grainy conditions is probably a big factor here.