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Ski Review: V-Shape V10 / Rc One 73 / Amphibio 14Ti

Beginner Carves. What would seem complicated? What do beginners need in order to delve into the question of choice? In theory, everything is simple, but in practice, everything is completely different - it’s the beginner carvies that are the most difficult question of choice: powerful skis scare you with complexity, weak skis scare you with lack of control, on the other hand, you want progress, although it’s still not clear what and in what ... Well, today, as I really love, we compare three similar skis from Head, Fischer and Elan from the top positions of the ratings.


In the framework of this comparison, we will not talk about each ski in detail, because such a detailed story is already in the section with test results, here we will only point out the differences between these models.

Before comparing any ski, and this category, with all the apparent understandability, is no exception, you need to decide on the parameters and evaluation criteria. In this case, we are talking about cross-country skiing for beginners and skiers who continue to progress. It can be argued why we classify these skis as beginners, although they are more often marked “expert”, but then looking on which side to look: if you look from the point of view that skis for hire and one-time skis from the supermarket are also skis it’s expert skiing, and if from the point of view that expert skiing is a little easier than sporting skiing, it’s not expert skiing at all, but simply the simplest skiing for just good fun skiing. Rather, it is skiing for beginners who like to understand the matter before buying and love themselves so much as not to start mastering skiing from the boards from the fence.

What is important for beginners and progressors is, on the one hand, simplicity and effectiveness in skiing, on the other hand, the accuracy and intelligibility of reactions to the control actions of the skier. A difficult combination: skis should be both loyal to mistakes, and interesting in skiing, and allowing progress, and it would be very nice if they were comfortable in skiing, and universal in rhythm of skiing, and passable on a broken track and tenacious on hard snow or ice. Well, let’s compare three beautiful skis in terms of variability, accuracy in a cut arc, unpretentiousness in terms of the preparedness of the track and the comfort of skiing, combined with the effectiveness in control.

Cutting turn.
In a cut turn, all three skis work fine, but all three are slightly different. Elan’s arc is the softest and the smallest rail, but they are the most variable according to the rhythm of skating, and of them, with the proper skill, and without losing the cut reference, you can get a short turn, both medium and fast. Moreover, they allow you to change the radius in the direction of travel along the arc. Also, they are the most low-chain and sensitive to the state of the track - they do not like a hard track and ice, but on a soft track they work just fabulously. Head and Fischer in cut management work similarly. Head has a slightly earlier turn entrance and they cut into the arc more willingly than Fisher, but at the exit from the turn they slightly lose to Fisher in return and control on clamping the back. In tenacity and grip, both are the same and significantly superior to Alan. On a soft track they don’t fall into the snow, but they can wedge in their noses. According to the rhythm of skiing, both skis are also similar and go to the average radius. Fisher seem a little faster and more rigid and work better on stability at speed. Heads are more maneuverable and easier to go into the middle and short turn. But, both skis are harder and less variable in rhythm of riding than Alan. It turns out that for those who already know how to ride and ride more on the soft snow in the mountains, Elan will be more interesting. For those who care about grasping on a tight track and forgiving confidence in a cut arc, those who care about Fisher are more interested. Heads are more suitable for those who are just learning a sharp turn to accelerate progress.

Rolling turn.
In a rolling turn, Elans also turn out to be more variable and more comfortable. The reason is greater longitudinal and torsion softness. Riding on them, although less dynamic and powerful, but very soft and varied. Fisher and Head also work very similarly: they hold on to a hard track perfectly, are easy to control and cut down roughnesses of a broken track well, they do not absorb bumps as well as Elan, but they also take care of their legs. Alan is good for more comfortable riding, Fisher and Head for more control and grip and for more dynamic riding.

Universal skating.
If you ride solely for the sake of relaxation and diversity in the format of a trip to a large mountain resort with the ability to switch to a sliding turn in narrow and busy places, and light up with vigorous carving of the middle arc, clamping in narrow places in a short turn, then Elan will be clearly a priority, but you must be able to ride and understand what and how to do in skating. If skiing will be predominantly on a hard and even track, and the style will be dominated by confident peppy carving of medium radius and peppy speed with transitions to a sliding turn in difficult busy places, then Fisher will work better. If the priority is mastering carving, progress and effortless, but at the same time, powerful skating with the possibility of development in dynamics, then the best choice is Heads.

To whom, where and in which skiing what to choose?
For those who already know and understand the sense of skiing, but who prefer comfortable and not high-speed, but diverse skiing - Elan. For those who know how to ride, ride mostly on hard and well-prepared tracks and who prefer accurate and fast carving - Fisher. For progressive, learners to ride and those who care that the skis are accurate and loyal - Head.

All three skis are good. But all three are different. Fisher and Head are more similar, Elan is very different from them, but all three are worthy of attention. In any case, each one can be a great option for long skiing for any beginner or progressive skier, and certainly not one will disappoint on any track - each has a sea of ​​skiing pleasure, each has its own and each has a lot. Feel free to decide what is more interesting for you in skiing, choose and go skiing.

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