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Fischer RX8 VS Elan Ripstick Fusion Pro???

post #1 of 19
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I had decided a week ago to buy the RX8's. I have had over a week to think about it and I wont be ordering my new skis till this Thursday. So of course I have continued to read reviews and look at skis and now I have come to the conclusion that maybe the Elan Ripsick Fusion Pro skis would be the better choice.

Which ski do you guys think is the better well rounded ski?

I ski west coast, groomed runs. I'm 5'9 185 lbs. Intermediate skier thats looking to advance. I like everything from carving, hitting jumps, and bombing down the trails at high speed.

I love the way the RX8's look and I've read many good things about them.
I have read some even better things about the Elans though.

I'm just looking for the right push towards the better ski. Thanks for any imput too!

P.S. Sorry guys I have no way to test these skis first. Impossible. I'm just looking for everyones opinion on which ski they consider better.
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by Amish View Post
I love the way the RX8's look and I've read many good things about them.
I have read some even better things about the Elans though.
If you havn't alredy searched these forums you should do so.You will find a lot posted on the Fischer RX-8. It has been a real winner for Fischer. The RX-6 is something you alsomay want to consider.

I don't know anything about the Elan Ripsick Fusion Pro. However, Elan makes some very good skis. Lighter skiers especially seem to like them.

"dawgcatching" who posts here and works at a ski shop in Oregon has had some high praise for Elan. Maybe you can send a PM and get his views. His shop also sells Fischer skis.

Half the fun is in the hunt. Good luck.
post #3 of 19
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yeah I did the search thing already and I have read everything I can find on both skis. Like I said, I decided on the RX8's but only recently started thinking the Elans would be better.
post #4 of 19
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I guess what I'm looking to hear is: If it was your money which of these two skis would you buy?
post #5 of 19
I haven't tried the Ripsticks, but have tried the S12 from Elan. Elan gives you a more damp ride, and Fisher gives you more feel. From what I understand the Ripstick is not good at slow speeds. From experience the RX8 is good at dead slow AND fast speeds (say up to about 50 mph). The RX8 is also soft enough to let you enjoy slow turns on soft steeps. The Ripsticks, from what I've read seem like they might be a little stiff for that.

Long story short: if you want to RIP and like a damp ski get the ripstick (or Fisher WC, or Atomic SX-B5 or SX11), but if you want to do everything get the RX8. AGAIN, I'm only going on what I've read/heard about the ripsticks.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Amish View Post
I guess what I'm looking to hear is: If it was your money which of these two skis would you buy?
Well, like Ghost, I'd buy the Fischer RX-8 but I admit to a strong Fischer bias and the RX-8 has pretty much topped its category for the last few seasons. The Elan or some other brand or model could be a better ski for you. In seeking to improve your skills just don't throw money at a ski that will slap you around or wear you out quickly.

Most manufacturers make some very good skis for intermediate skiers desiring to improve which have wide performance envelopes because that's where so many skiers are. It often comes down to price, personal tastes and yes, even graphics. For that matter, the Fischer RX-6 or something comparable could possibly be a better fit than the RX-8 for where you are right now and given your goals.
post #7 of 19
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I'm looking to grab a ski I can use for many seasons over. something I can grow into. So it seems the RX8 remains the favorite. I admit I've been in love with them since the first time I saw them. I'm 98% positive I'll be mounted to a set of those this winter season.
post #8 of 19
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you know the last set of skis I owned AND skied with I bought brand new back in 1986. Rossignol skis. They were completely straigth with no curve at all. I bring this up because I used these skis from 1986 till 1996.

So I guess any ski I buy will be so much more advanced that it will be crazy the first time I hit a run. I can't wait!
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Amish View Post
I had decided a week ago to buy the RX8's. I have had over a week to think about it and I wont be ordering my new skis till this Thursday. So of course I have continued to read reviews and look at skis and now I have come to the conclusion that maybe the Elan Ripsick Fusion Pro skis would be the better choice.
Which ski do you guys think is the better well rounded ski?
I love the way the RX8's look and I've read many good things about them.
I have read some even better things about the Elans though.
I'm just looking for the right push towards the better ski. Thanks for any imput too!
P.S. Sorry guys I have no way to test these skis first. Impossible. I'm just looking for everyones opinion on which ski they consider better.
I've always been partial to Elan. they've always built a solid ski with minimal pricetag. Both skis are extremely similar and without riding them, the only thing I can say to sway you, is the fact that you can get matching poles from Elan...
post #10 of 19
Amish,
FWIW, I spent 90 days last year on RX-9's and love them. I'm a middle aged, but fairly agressive, groomer guy. My new toy this year is going to be a pair of RX-8's. I spent two days demoing them last year and was mightily impressed.

I've never been on a pair of Elan's, but feel certain that you will NOT be disappointed with the RX-8's.

Let's compare notes after we get a chance to take them out.

Ken
post #11 of 19
The 8 are going to be a bit more versitile. The only other ski I would recommend for that "fit" is the Supershape. I like the Elans but go with the 8's.
post #12 of 19
What?! Elan Ripstick vs Fischer RX-8? The correct comparison is Ripstick vs RX-9!

The Fischer RX-8 is far more versatile. It'll be way more fun for you than something designed for an expert based on a GS ski.

Don't try to compare reviews across categories! Remember, when you read the reviews, it is assumed that you are evaluating skis in the same class. eg. "Peppy" is way different for a GS based ski than a HP Slalom carver.

The ripstick is a *completely* different breed of ski. I'd pretty much guarantee you will not be impressed with it -- it's not what you are looking for.
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Ok thanks for the input guys. I'll be ordering the RX8's this week then.
post #14 of 19
enjoy, they are great skis. Are you getting the capped 05/06 or sandwich 06/07's.
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
2006 model. I'm taking advantage of that sweet deal for $499
post #16 of 19
GReat ski, does that mean you owe me a beer for the finders fee?
post #17 of 19
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Actually yes it does. Next time your in Southern California up at Big Bear resorts let me know and I'll pay up.
post #18 of 19
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Well I just ordered the Fischer RX-8 skis in 165 length.

As luck would have it I got the last pair. They had two pairs left yesterday and Ron over at Ski-depot saved the other pair for me. I'd like to say that is some of the best customer service and attention I've received in a long time. When I went to their web page to order this morning the 165cm was not listed any longer. My heart sank. I then checked my email to find that Ron informed me he had one pair left and that he would remove them from the website and hold for me. You ROCK Ron! I couldn't buy them fast enough!
post #19 of 19
Congrats! that would have been pretty ironic if they didn't have any more
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