Hi all, I need some expert opinions on the predicament I'm in. I'm an advanced skiier who spends 90% of my time on groomers either carving or going GS style. I ski ~12 days per year and am in Texas forcing a flight each time I want to ski. I basically need a one quiver ski.
I've had an array of skis, but I've ski'd the past three seasons on 170cm Nordica Hot Rod Jet Fuels, and I've really enjoyed them. They hold an edge great, can handle decent crud and powder, and still have great energy.
On a recent week long trip in Deer Valley, I decided to demo some of Rossignol skis. At Deer Valley, you can demo Rossi's for free. On a powder day, I demo's 98mm S3s, while great in the powder, the following day they were just no fun on the hard pack. They lacked the athletic quality my Jet Fuels had. While I was ready to retire the demo experience and go back to my Nordicas, they persuaded me to try the Avenger 82 TIs. Wow those skis were incredible. They felt so smooth and refined while having mad edge grip and overall just easier to control, especially at lower speeds. I fell in love with them actually.
Compared to the Jet Fuels, it's like comparing a full suspension mountain bike to a hard fork and tail bike on a washboard road. I was all set and sold on the Avengers, and even after going back to the Jet Fuels I was set on replacing the Jet Fuels. However, I ski'd three more days on the Jet Fuels and realized that at the limit, the JFs offer more sheer performance than the Avengers. Basically, you have to drive them like you stole them.
I'm a car guy so I'll use a car analogy. I have a V8 M3 with 420 hp while a friend of mine has a V10 Viper with 550 HP. They're both great and exceptionally fast cars, but just completely different. The Viper is slightly faster, but it punishes you while driving. Rattles/vibration/noise, it's just brute force. The BMW while just mildly slower is incredibly refined and smooth, it's a precision instrument. Around a track, I think the Viper is faster than the M3 slightly, but it takes a very seasoned drive who can handle all of its brute power. The M3 has more finesse and easier to control at the limit in my opinion. I think the M3 might be an easier/faster car for most around the track, but an expert driver would excel in the Viper if they really abused it and had the skills to push it to its limits. Basically the Jet Fuels are like the Viper and the Avengers are like the M3.
Anyways, I feel I can ski longer on the Avengers while the Jet Fuels take more out of me and make me feel more often slightly on the edge of out of control (which is how it should be). I have a GPS system that tracks my vertical and speed. Doing the same run nearly back to back, I was able to repeatedly hit 55 mph on a steep double blue at Deer Valley on the Avengers. Repeated runs on the Jet Fuels yielded 60 mph. However, the 55mph on Avengers felt silky smooth while 60 on the JFs was a workout and hair-raising for me. This is a highly subjective analysis, but the control on the Rossi's felt superior at those high speeds.
Has anyone rode the two skis and have any other comments? I'm leaning towards grabbing Avengers during the off-season just because they're more graceful, and I think I can ski longer on them and develop better. Also, the JFs are really tough to carve at low speed (I weigh 155 lbs, 6'0") while the Avengers are much better at slow speeds, and the tail on the Avengers holds edge better than the JFs.
Thanks, any and all opinions are welcome!
Edited by BrianV - 3/11/11 at 3:43pm