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post #121 of 129

I hope you have a great time.   I love my 88's in all conditions.

 

Hank

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I now own 5 pair (yep, FIVE) of Amphibio's. Next years' Waveflex 82 in black and orange; last season's Waveflex 14's; a pair of Waveflex 12's and the 88XTI. A pair of this season's 115 underfoot powder skis also reside in my quiver! I am either Elan rich or poor depending on one's viewpoint. Nice skis; all of 'em!

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I now own 5 pair (yep, FIVE) of Amphibio's. Next years' Waveflex 82 in black and orange; last season's Waveflex 14's; a pair of Waveflex 12's and the 88XTI. A pair of this season's 115 underfoot powder skis also reside in my quiver! I am either Elan rich or poor depending on one's viewpoint. Nice skis; all of 'em!

I've been told next year's Waveflex 82 is pretty awesome.  I just picked up the 88xti this year, and I'm wondering how you would compare the two?

post #124 of 129

I don't think there has been any change to that ski.  I haven't skied on the 82 since the year it was introduced.  they were fun to ski. I really enjoy the 88's. 

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I don't think there has been any change to that ski.  I haven't skied on the 82 since the year it was introduced.  they were fun to ski. I really enjoy the 88's. 

When I bought my 88s, I was told that they took out a layer of Titanium and added a cold wrap of fiberglass, or something along those lines.  He said he skied the new ones and they stood out to him.  The previous year's line, he liked the 88s.

post #126 of 129
The 82 is a superior carver and quicker turning for shorter radius turns than the 88.Not as quick as the Waveflex 14, however, it can be argued that it is more versatile than either the 14 or 88. The 88 is a better powder ski than the 82.
post #127 of 129
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The 82 is a superior carver and quicker turning for shorter radius turns than the 88.Not as quick as the Waveflex 14, however, it can be argued that it is more versatile than either the 14 or 88. The 88 is a better powder ski than the 82.

Before I bought my 88s, I demoed a pair of the old 82s, and they felt like they skied really short.  They were 168s whereas the 88s I demoed were 170s, but I felt like there was no ski under my feet with the 82s, which seems a bit drastic for a 2cm change.  For me, I usually can make a ski turn when I need it to.  What usually ends up being the deal breaker is the stability at higher speeds.  If I can't really push a ski without it chattering, I can't trust it. The 88s seemed to hold up pretty good, but the 82s felt like they were barely hanging on at any speed.  

 

After skiing my 88s, it blows my mind to think that the 82s are a superior carver.  I might have to give the 82s another try next year.

post #128 of 129

Hi, I wanted to report that the 2014/15 Amphibio 82 Xti and 88 Xti have been totally redesigned ... they will have more tip and tail pop and will be a bit springier than current models...I have been on both and if you follow my occasional posts-I work with Elan as a mountain pro..and have both the 82 and 88's in my inventory...

 

Having said that I also want to say that I was asked to get on the Spectrum Amphibio's this year as these are their 2014 Big Mountain design...

 

I have reported to Elan that the Spectrum 95 with Attack 16 binding is a fantastic day in, day out board and can carve and push crud all day...I also have the same ski in 105 underfoot and we just had an 11 inch dump last week and these babies blew through that stuff (heavy and damp) like there was nothing below them...

 

The 95 is going to be re-tuned for next year and there will also be a Spectrum 85 introduced - it is going to be a winner too...

 

I absolutely fell in love with the Spectrum line and will fill in when they are available in August...flat ski with the Attack 16...nice ride!

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Before I bought my 88s, I demoed a pair of the old 82s, and they felt like they skied really short.  They were 168s whereas the 88s I demoed were 170s, but I felt like there was no ski under my feet with the 82s, which seems a bit drastic for a 2cm change.  For me, I usually can make a ski turn when I need it to.  What usually ends up being the deal breaker is the stability at higher speeds.  If I can't really push a ski without it chattering, I can't trust it. The 88s seemed to hold up pretty good, but the 82s felt like they were barely hanging on at any speed.  

After skiing my 88s, it blows my mind to think that the 82s are a superior carver.  I might have to give the 82s another try next year.

We all have preferences. The 82's do not chatter for me. Any ski will chatter however, depending on how one skis it. Skis that are narrower under foot will be quicker on edge.Finally, it is more about the skier than the ski. The 88' s are more stable at higher speeds. I like 'em both. Thanks for you input.
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