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Hey everyone,

 

I did a quick search and could not find anything on this particular ski for women.  My girlfriend has a buddy in the ski business who has a demo pair of these from last year, and is willing to give her a deal on them, length 152.  

 

I'm not an expert on ski technology, and I know nothing about them, besides what Elan's website told me.  This seems more of an on piste ski designed for speed, am I correct in that? 

 

Some info on her.  She is 5'4'' 140lbs, and I would consider her intermediate in ski level, who is constantly improving.  We are midwest skiers who make it out to Colorado about 3 times a year.  I just want to make sure this ski will work for her, and in a variety of terrain.  I prefer off-piste and want her to be able to ski that terrain with me.  I know its not a powder ski, and I doubt she wants that, but will this ski allow her to enjoy most conditions she will encounter?  

 

Thank you all for your help. 

post #2 of 7

74mm is really too narrow for a ski to be used off-piste by an intermediate.  If she really wants to be able to venture off-piste, then she needs something wider, 88-98mm under foot, something like the Blizzard Black Pearl or Rossi S3W.  Elan probably also makes a ski that will work well as an all-mountain ski in that width, but I would personally stay away from any pair that has a dedicated right and left and the Amphibios appear to be like that.

post #3 of 7

 

"Designed for Speed" is too strong.     They would be an OK all-rounder for Midwest use and  scrapy colorado days.   

 

If she has skis for the Midwest already, and doesn't plan on changing them,  then it makes sense to look for something specifically for colorado off-piste.

 

If you have a decent tuning shop near you the left and right shouldn't be too big a problem.

 

Originally Posted by zeppman View Post

Hey everyone,

 

I did a quick search and could not find anything on this particular ski for women.  My girlfriend has a buddy in the ski business who has a demo pair of these from last year, and is willing to give her a deal on them, length 152.  

 

I'm not an expert on ski technology, and I know nothing about them, besides what Elan's website told me.  This seems more of an on piste ski designed for speed, am I correct in that? 

 

Some info on her.  She is 5'4'' 140lbs, and I would consider her intermediate in ski level, who is constantly improving.  We are midwest skiers who make it out to Colorado about 3 times a year.  I just want to make sure this ski will work for her, and in a variety of terrain.  I prefer off-piste and want her to be able to ski that terrain with me.  I know its not a powder ski, and I doubt she wants that, but will this ski allow her to enjoy most conditions she will encounter?  

 

Thank you all for your help. 



 

post #4 of 7
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This would be her only ski, currently she just rents where ever we go.  I'm confused about the "dedicated right left ski" thing.  Can someone please explain what this is, and the benefits of it?

post #5 of 7

 

Left ski:

 

Rockered edge   ^frontof ski^  Cambered edge

 

Right ski:

 

Cambered edge  ^frontofski^  Rockered edge

 

 

 

The benefit is that she doesn't have to have very precise edging and pressure control on the little-toe side of each foot.     Fewer 'caught an edge' incidents that way.     Less need to worry about what the short leg is doing or how flexed it is  in turns.   Bigger comfort zone for lateral balance shifts because the "OMG! I'm going to catch an edge!" fear is suppressed.

 

 

Drawbacks: she cannot swap and use the right ski on her left foot like some of us do to keep edges sharp.     The tuner has to know what he or she is doing.   Some advanced drills like White Pass turns may or may not be sketchy for her on hardpack.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thank you all, very helpful.

 

Last question.  I see these sell for $850msrp new.  What would you think is a fair price for last years demos, used two days? 

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Originally Posted by zeppman View Post

Thank you all, very helpful.

 

Last question.  I see these sell for $850msrp new.  What would you think is a fair price for last years demos, used two days? 


$400-500ish.    If you're planning to lowball, offer cash.

 

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