Im in the final decision process of buying my first set of skis! Its between the above two
Im 6ft 95kg and an intermediate skier- ski the easier blacks ok although mogals highlight my poor technique. I have a lot to work on- mainly using my edges more and getting my posture right. I would describe myself as a fairly aggressive skier. I ski mainly on piste atm- but very much want the ability to go off piste. Not interested in park stuff. I love to carve but im rubbish atm!
I demoed the Rossi (177) yesterday and really liked them. They didn't seem *that* quick- but there was a lot of crud and fresh snow around which prob slowed them down. I have heard they can "top out" at high speed- but that speed is prob far above my abilities!
Today i tried the Elans- Its tricky to compare the two as the conditions were v different, the rossi had to put up with a lot more crud, flat light- the Elans had blue sky and if you hunted- 4" fresh power I found them a bit tricky to turn amongst trees- but that may be my poor technique.
In my *highly* ill informed opinion- it felt like the rossi was better through the trees and a bit more agile- the elan was better at speed and coped with the crud a bit better- it did seem faster and glided more- but that may have been the conditions. I have to say i didn't feel like i struggled to flex it? Although perhaps i would only notice this in shorter turns- such as the trees?
Any advice on the pros & cons of either- and which would be more appropriate for me would be great. I wonder if the stiffness of the Elans may be a bit much for me? If i had amazing technique, or was a monster 18 stone i suppose it wouldn't matter- but at 95Kg maybe its a bit stiff?
Oh- and although im in Canada for another 3 weeks- i expect i will be back in europe from next season for the most part- so power will be a rare thing :(