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Hot rod Afterburner vs. Jet Fuel????

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I hope i didn't make a mistake- I read numerous reviews before buying, and ended up with the Afterburner. Maybe a softer ski for when i hit the glades and back side vs. a stiffer ski with a metal edge for groomers and icey east coast conditions.

Anyone ride both and i am hoping feel the ABs still have enough grip and liveliness to tear down the frontside without getting chattery at high speeds??

(i say i ski 60/40 off to on piste)
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On steep and icy trails at warp speeds, the ABs will chatter some if you try to hold a precise line. They're great in the trees and bearable in moguls because they're pretty bendy.

I've never been on the Jet Fuels, but I sold my Fischer RC4 WC RCs because the AfterBurners were acceptable on the frontside groomers and much better everywhere else.
post #3 of 5
The AB is a good advanced-level ski, provided you don't push it too hard. The JF was a little stiff the first time I tried it, but was much more fun last year as my skills improved. I would probably lean toward the JF is you are skiing aggressively. The AB will likely be easier in bumps and more forgiving at moderate speeds.
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longer softer skis over the shorter stiffer skis

Jet Fuels are the stiffest I've ever skied wider than 77mm. Thus one has to ski them shorter than Afterburners.

My length for Jet Fuels is about 175cm, but the AB's in 178-- the longest available in the U.S., according to the rep-- were a little shorter than I like.

Since I like to ski fast in rough snow, I prefer longer, softer skis over the shorter stiffer. For example, I hated the Atomic B5's, except on the groomed.

Yet if you are heavier and stronger than most skiers you are likely to prefer the JF's like my friend Steve Shelton.
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Thanks for the input- I think I made the right choice...love speed but don't push it on groomers or steep icey trails much at all. The bumps and the glades are where I will spend a lot of my time. And I did go with the 178 size at 6' 190 lbs. I'm sure it won't be too much ski for me after reading the above comments.
Can't wait to hit the slopes this year...getting anxious as always!
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