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2011 rossignol avenger 74 carbon vs. 2011 elan waveflex 10 red fusion

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Hello Members,

 

I am a solid intermediate and I am looking to purchase new skis.  I have narrowed down to the 2011 Rossi avenger 74 carbon and the 2011 elan waveflex 10 red fusion.  I would like some advice on which ski to purchase for my ability level.  My background is: I am 5 foot 7 inches and 168 lbs and I am very comfortable on blue runs and sometimes may venture into black runs.  I mostly ski groomed slopes.  I want to buy skis that will also get me over the hump of becoming an advanced skier.  I would like to know if any of you members have skied any of these 2 skis?  I would also like to know what length should I get with my physical characteristics.  I am considering the 166 cm version of the avenger 74 carbon and the 168 cm elan waveflex 10.  Are these the right lengths for me?  Or should I get shorter.  The advantage of the avenger is that it has the autoturn technology, which is suppose to be better in teaching how to carve properly.  This autoturn technology is now present on the new Rossignol skis for 2012.  The advantage of the elan skis is the waveflex technology, which is stiff torsionally and soft flexing.  Please give some advice on which one I could purchase to have fun on and to advance.

 

Thank You

dre

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dre,

 

My sense is that both of the skis you are inquiring about are not in common usage in the Epic community. Elan has low volume sales and Rossi lost it's way several years ago and is still trying to recover. Carving skis in the low 70 mm waist are just not that popular, unless you are skiing in the east.

 

My experience is only with Elan, and that limited to demo's, but, I am a fan of Elan carvers from my limited experience. The waveflex 10 should work well to develop carving skills and get you over the hump and still have plenty of ski to improve.

 

Whatever you choose, never, never buy a ski based on manufactures claims of a new technology as 99.9% of the time that's just marketing. The skis you are investigating have many peers that work as well or better, depending on your personal skiing characteristics. Additional info about where you ski and how aggressively ski you are might help identifying other skis.

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Living Proof, thank you for replying to my inquiry.  I appreciate the information.  From your advice, I will go with the elan skis.

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I am almost the same weight and height as you, and my experience level is the same also. Earlier this year I went to a demo ski day and the Elan waveflex 10 red fusion was by far my favorite ski. It was very stable at high speeds and suprisingly responsive when carving. Definitly go with the 168 length... anything shorter will limit your skills as you improve.wdddd     

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Thank You ELO1970.  I would definitely buy the elan skis.  I am thinking of partnering it with the atomic hawx boots.

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Go see a bootfitter if you can, they'll know which boot (and any necessary customizations) are necessary for you.

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