Originally Posted by mdf
Ummm... axebiker? I agree demoing is best, but... Assuming its too late to demo and uricmu wants to take advantage of spring sales, what is your advice? Sounds like you know a lot about these skis.
I think uricmu is edging into the zone I call "buyer's paralysis." I've been there myself. He needs a little help getting unstuck.
I understand. I'm the "anti-demo-er". I think I've been fairly clear about these skis, but everyone has an opinion, and they're usually different. I just feel that some people put WAYYYY too much stock in reviews, and when you have REAL people talking to you about gear, that's the best time to listen. I'll get to my "sage advice" soon...
Originally Posted by uricmu
I would love to demo. The problem is that my local ski hill store has nothing interesting to demo (and its closed for the season). When I was at Stowe I demoed what their center had: the AC30, the Z9, some Head carver, and a high-end Dynastar. They didn't carry Elans or any lower level stuff. I don't think you guys understand how difficult it is in most places that are not a megaresort to demo something that's midprice. Most places have demoes only for the superexpensive real high-end stuff.
I'm also confused (by now) about what you own. You said you own the Mag 10 and the Z9s?
Is the Mag10 too much ski for me? It sounds like the Mag10 is too much, and the Mag8 is not enough, if i go over the opinions here.
And yea, I am stuck in the buyer paralysis zone. I'm a poor graduate student, and didn't count on buying new equipment so early after buying my first pair at the beginning of the season. However, I feel I outgrew my intro pair. And yes, I'd like to take advantage of the spring sales, especially since I am saving up for a full price boot that actually fits at the beginning of next season. I have irregular tiny feet
I have owned TONS of gear. I go through skis like water. I more or less "demo by buying". Considering your situation, I wouldn't advise that -- but it's what I did. I paid for it for many years!!
Now, without having skied with you, it's hard to know a lot about how you ski. With that said, you mention you have a tough time on icy snow or uneven snow. This leads me to conclude that you are a pretty inexperienced skier, and that you could easily be taken for a ride by your gear if you over-buy. Do I think you could ski either the Z9 or Mag 10? Yeah... But do I think the Z5 or the Mag 8 might be a better fit considering your "newbness" (no offense), yeah - I think you'll improve quicker on gear you control rather than gear that controls you. It just depends on how you like to learn. Personally, I like to challenge myself, and I tend to "over-buy" my gear - I buy a step higher than I'm at so I can grow into it.
If you have your heart set on the Mag 10, I would NOT turn you away from it. It's a GREAT ski, and a wonderful all-arounder. I chose it for the dimensions, and because it was the Elan closest to my Mag 14 with the waist dimensions I was looking for. I find it to still be a strong ski despite it being penned as an intermediate/advanced ski. It's just right as an all-around ski for the little hills here in MN. It's pretty turny - but I can shape the turns to my liking.
The Z9 on the other hand, was a bit more damp. Not as much energy. It was also a tad more chattery & nervous on icy snow. I don't think I ever really over-powered it much (I can do that with the Mag 10 if I try), but it definitely has a speed limit, and it ALWAYS wants to be on edge. It really wants to turn and does not track very well in a straight line...
If you have any other questions, by all means, let me know. Sorry to be short with you.
FWIW... Rossi's are about all I've skied on (with a couple exceptions) for the last 15 years. I'm now an "Elan guy". Maybe that tells you something. Maybe.