I weigh about 225 lbs, 6 ft tall. I could certainly stand to lose some belly fat, but I have a large frame with broad shoulders and lean, muscular legs, which accounts for a lot of my weight. I am quite athletic, not obese and have lots of energy. I have not skied in a good 15 years. I skied every weekend in high school and quite a few weekends in college. My last year I skied on 200 cm Volkl P9 RS and had no problem at all handling them. I was at the advanced level then, I would say.
I want to start skiing again and have been told to forget my P9s with Tyrolia 490 Racing bindings and get new gear. I have never skied on the new parabolic skis.
I want to try Elans and have narrowed it down to two choices: the Elan Race SX, which is available for under $300 with bindings, or the Elan Amphibio 76, which will run $600. I hate to spend the extra money on the Amphibios if the Race SX will do the job, but good info on the Race SX is a bit hard to come by and some of it is contradictory. (Ads say it is soft and de-tuned, people who have skied it say it feels stiffer than the SLX.). Apparently the Race SX is from Elan's rental catalog and some have found their way to the states to be sold at retail.
I am also concerned that the Race SX could be too much for me to handle, given how long it has been since I skied. I have been assured that it is like riding a bike and it comes right back to you.
I like the idea of the easy turning Amphibio technology and Waveflex vs the simple Race SX design, but it is twice as much, I may need boots and clothes and I am not sure how much I will use them this year, though some skiing in Europe in March is a strong possibility. I have a trip planned there.
I ski primarily in the east, lots of groomers and icy slopes. I will get 168s, whichever I buy.
I would appreciate any and all feedback about these two choices!