I'm looking for a east coast frontside skis, mostly gonna be in Quebec / Vermont.
I'm 190 6" upper intermediate skiers.
I found some good deal on those two skis: 500 ish , and wonder which one would be a betters purchase?
When I asked a guy at Elan about how the Amphibio technology skied in bumps he said that some people like them better if you switch left and right skis. Is there anything to that comment?
I really don't think the skis with amphibio should ever be switched.
IMHO, there is an error in logic in the thinking behind switching amphibio skis in bumps and powder etc.
Amphibio is not "rocker" in the traditional (LOL) sense. It is not designed to improve flotation. Amphbio effectively provides a shorter ski on the outside of the foot, the "little toe" side. All skiers are naturally weaker on that side of the ski. While still giving the power and stability of a longer ski on the inside "big toe" side.
I have skied (demoed) both the Elan Waveflex 14 and Atomic Blackeye Ti this season. The Blackeye Ti is good but it's not your best choice for a frontside ski. Being an "all mountain" ski, it will work for you on the groomers, but the Waveflex 14 works better. The Elan brings more to the game (in terms of energy and carveability) than the Blackeye. The Amphibio design is a nice touch in that it doesn't have the feeling of a disconnnected tip on the groomed runs that you get with some of the all-mountain rocker skis like the Blackeye and the K2 Rictor.