I am looking to spend at most around $400ish, and I have considered K2, but after looking around I found a local Elan dealer who said K2 is somewhat overrated and made in China and I should really consider Elan. Well he sells them so obviously he chants Elan all day.
He has some Elan Mag 8's for $399, 09 model. Elan Mag 78's for $599, 09 model as well.
I want a ski that is obviously newer but I do not want to deal with buying a new set of skies in 3 years if I grow out of these. I ski on mainly groomed hills here in Michigan.
I really need to see if any of these skies are a good bang for the buck, or if you guys can suggest any other skies that are great for intermediate skiers.
I don't want to purchase not enough ski and short myself. But I do not want to purchase some overpriced skies. I could probably save more if I wait till the season is really over with.
I asked him about the Mag 78's so he probably saw the chance to upsell me to a $599 purchase, so who knows if the 78's are really $300 better than the Mag 8's
To tell you more about my skiing, I have been out about a dozen times on my DV7L skies that are a decade+ old, which is mind you my entire history of skiing. And I just fly down the hill unless I start to try and turn. I like turning, but I turn like people with a parabolic ski, curves are much larger and not as many due to the fact these skies just like to go straight down the hill I guess.
Generally I would do anything to get out of the pair I am in now. I spent $100 for boots, bindings and poles earlier this year and got some Technica boats that fit me really well, DV7L and bindings, and some old K2 racing poles. I spent so little because I wanted to see if I liked skiing, plus I have some boots I can take with me now. I like skiing, and I want to get some nice sticks.