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Quick impressions: Nordica JetFuel and Rossi Avenger 82

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 Ski: Nordica Hot Rod Jet Fuel (178) and Rossi Avenger 82 (170)
Me: 6', 187lb, male, expert skier (~30 days a year at Tahoe)
Conditions: Hardpack

I was in Colorado for work and I got to do night skiing at Keystone.  They have not had snow for a while it seemed, and night skiing was on a few blue trails that felt like groomed machine-made snow with patches of very hard snow (not quite eastern boilerplate but close).  In other words, I have had better days in New Hampshire.  But I had a lift ticket so I decided that I would just demo different frontside skis.  Keep in mind that these were probably the worst conditions to demo skis in the West.  It truly felt like a bad day in New England (just not as cold). 

Christie Sports did not have a lot to choose in the carver category, so they put me on a Jet Fuel first.  The ski felt damp and pretty powerful throughout the turn with turn initiation that was reasonably quick, but nice and smooth and not too abrupt.  Not a quick turner by any means, it felt best making smooth GS arcs.  Good edge grip, but I lost the egde a few times, so maybe something wrong was with the tune. What that ski really wanted was to run.  The faster I went the better it felt.  Very quickly I realized that I was going too fast for me to be comfortable at night on a sparsely lit hard snow slope, so I never got to feel that ski at its full potential.  Also, 178 felt long.  To me JetFuel felt like a front side charger for someone who lives to go fast.  Not playful enough and probably not versatile enough for anything but crushing the groomers.  Best for strong experts with race background who like to break the speed limit

I decided that I wanted to switch to a ski that would feel more at home making short turns at slow speed, so Christie put me on Avenger 82.  That was much less of a ski than JetFuel (it was less stiff and I was on a 170 instead of 178).  The ski was pretty energetic with this playful "french ski" feel.  It was clearly a lot less stable at speed than the JetFuel, but it was a lot less scary in the conditions.  The tips felt a bit too eager to engage, so I would expect this ski to be very hooky in softer snow.  The payoff though was that the ski would turn just by thinking about it.   That was a good ski for the condition, but I felt that it would lack dampness and  stability for the western expert runs.  It just felt like an intermediate ski.  Best for the intermediate/advanced skier who likes to cruise groomed on autopilot. 

Bottom line: I was not very impressed with either ski, they just felt like more of niche type ski than I would ever want to own.   
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Which Avenger:  Ti or Carbon?  (Avenger is white, Carbon is tan).  Very different skis.  Ti is firm and rips; Carbon softer and much better suited as a cruiser.
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Thread Starter 
Sorry, forgot to mention that, I had the Carbon. 
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Which Jet Fuel? Is there both a ti and carbon version too?
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You guys are killing me...     I skied the beige version, so I think it was Carbon (is it former Nitrous?).

 

Alex
 

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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

You guys are killing me...     I skied the beige version, so I think it was Carbon (is it former Nitrous?).

 

Alex
 


was it the light beige version, or the dark beige version?
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Are you sure it wasn't the mauve one?? That's the one with flax fibers instead of Carbon or Ti.

SJ
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 It was night skiing..... I was barely able to see where I was going......  Beige or dark beige- it made no difference in that kind of light... 
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