I bought 2014/2015 model Elan Amphibio 78Ti Fusion skis (design black with some green features) since I already outgrew (according my expert adviser from skis.com) my previous intermediate 2011/12 Rossignol Avenger rocker-camber-rocker (RCR) skis. In contrast this model Elan is rocker-camber (flat tail). The later helped me to enter and turn-exit easier on groomed, not as hard & icy trails. However, I noticed than on higher speed, or very hard pack, or corn and icy snow trails they sort of "chatter/dance" under my possibly lighter weight for this skis.
Also, once-in-a-while I was developing on higher speed carving an upper leg muscle pain, since exiting longer from the turns charging longer, also the increased chatter of this RCR profile vs. only RC profile (Amphibio skis). So, the recommendation was to upgrade to a bit wider-waist skis like from Elan Amphibio technology line, assuming as an advanced intermediate skier I'm going to progress further. I'd like to do more with this skis of shorter turns at all-mountain conditions like crude, hardpack to icy morning conditions in shadow. So this Elan Amphibio 78Ti Fusion skis fits the bill much better with its rocker-camber profile and more appropriate sidewalls, which make it more stable, less chatter even at higher speed, even in some powder. There are not any other skis like it that actually can help advance and enjoy intermediate all way through to expert skier.
This ski is a great upgrade for anyone used to traditional recreational skis. Just demo'ed the ski yesterday at a resort in the mid-atlantic, and ended up buying it. If you're looking for more power & speed on the downhill runs, and better edge control on the double black diamonds, this is the one. Takes a little getting used to, because the front tips catch the edge a lot quicker & easier. It also requires a wider stance because of the wider front tips (did a head-over-heels when I tried to tuck it in on a long run, and got the tips too close together!) You get what you pay for, and these seem like a lotta bang for the buck.
I love the response from these skis. They are rigid enough to ski with some aggression without experiencing any clatter on the steeper runs. Easy turning ability. Great for skiers looking to get into a more advanced ski without overstepping their ability.
I got these skis for teaching beginner lessons, and I love them. They allow you to make slow turns for demoing to students, but they also work well when you decide to go play on them.
An all around good ski for advancing on, definitely worth looking into. I'm just sad that Elan has replaced it with a different ski, as these haven't failed me yet.
I am very pleased with these skis, the price is great and they are a perfect ski for the begginer to the expert!