2019 Elan

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  1. Pugski Test Team

    Pugski Test Team Testing skis so you don't have to. Pugski Ski Tester

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    Elan SLX SL
    Dimensions: 121-68-104
    Radius: 14/[email protected]
    Sizes: 155, 160, 165, 170
    Size tested: 165
    Design: Carryover/NGT

    Drahtguy Kevin: (From last year) A dual-radius ski (14/12m) with tons of personality, the Elan SLX was super easy to turn with energy to burn in about any shape you want. The carbon plate underfoot combined with the metal ridge starting near the tip quiet the ski and smooth the tummy-tickling ride. Elan has a winner in this 68mm wide ripper.
    • Who is it for? People who like to turn right and left or left and right.
    • Who is it not for? Straightliners.
    • Insider tip: This ski loves to be on edge.

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    Elan Amphibio Black
    Dimensions: 121-73-104
    Radius: [email protected]
    Size tested: 172
    Sizes: 166, 172, 178
    Design: All New

    Philpug: This black beauty certainly has a different feel than the other skis in the segment. Elan’s 4D design is technology that you can feel, especially in the way the metal is laid up. On the forebody of the ski, the metal is convex over a milled wood core; on the latter half, the metal is concave. This design gives a feel unlike the other skis ... and I like it. There is a smoothness and snap that makes the Elan just zing down the hill.
    • Who is it for? A-gamers; this is a rocket.
    • Who is it not for? Lighter skiers can get bucked.
    • Insider tip: The Amphibio rocker profile, although minimal on this ski, needs some attention when being tuned.

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    Elan Amphibio 16 Ti2 Fusion
    Dimensions: 121-73-104
    Radius: [email protected] cm
    Sizes: 160, 166, 172, 178
    Size tested: 172
    Design: Carryover

    UGASkiDawg: (From last year) Since we (and I’m using the royal we, here) were testing frontside skis and I was walking past the Elan tent, I decided, What the hell let’s grab an Elan. I don’t know much about frontside skis other than race skis, and what I know about those is basically two things: 1. Wow, they are expensive, and 2. My daughters have an endless appetite for them. When I asked the Elan guy what I should grab, he gave me some long spiel about the Amphibio and 4D blah, blah, blah something or another. I just wanted to get out and ski, so off I went on the Amphibio 16. I’m glad I did because this ski was fun and forgiving, but if you wanted to carve trenches, you could. It was an easier ride than the Redsters but almost as much fun. It was much easier to change the turn shape and more user friendly but with less pure power and concurrent edgehold. I don’t see Elans in every shop, but they aren’t as hard to find as Stöcklis, so I may try these skis next year early season to see if a whole day on them changes anything because the marketing materials promising the sun, moon, stars, and the whole galaxy make me want to doubt my opinion.
    • Who is it for? If you are looking for a fun, serious-ish, ripping groomer ski, check this one out.
    • Who is it not for? People who ski on the inside edge of the inside ski.
    • Insider tip: It’s a sexy-looking ski, so make sure your outfit matches; stand on the outside ski, and hold on for the ride.

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    Elan Ripstick 86
    Dimensions: 128-87-108
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 168, 176, 184
    Size tested: 176
    Design: All New

    Philpug: (From last year) When we skied the Ripsticks last year, we were a bit divided on how they performed. This year Elan added a model to the collection, the 86. It will go up against some pretty nice skis and hold its own, especially at an aggressive $499 MAP price point. The ski is playful yet held pretty darn well on the firm morning corduroy at Snowbasin.
    • Who is it for? Budget-conscious skiers who don’t want to give up performance.
    • Who is it not for? Like most price-point skis, stronger skiers can overpower it.
    • Insider tip: The Amphibio design can be felt; make sure you keep the left-right design straight, especially in firm conditions.

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    Elan Ripstick 96
    Dimensions: 134-96-113
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 167, 174, 181, 189
    Sizes tested: 181, 189
    Design: New Construction

    Ron: (from last year) I gave the Ripstick my award for coolest graphics. I really wanted to like this ski, and maybe in the longer length I might have, but with its large tip reminiscent of early rocker incarnations, it was unstable at the slightest hint of a ripple on the snow. I tried skiing it in different styles in off-piste conditions and bumps, but to no avail. On the groomed, it performed best when skied very centered and staying off the tips, but I am not sure who needs a 96mm ski for just groomers. I am curious to hear feedback from lightweight skiers or those who tested the longer length.
    • Who is it for? Perhaps some lighter-weight skiers may have a different experience?
    • Who is it not for? Demo first and draw your own conclusions.
    • Insider tip: Maybe try a different length?

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    Elan Ripstick 106
    Dimensions: 140-106-122
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 167, 174 181, 189
    Size tested: 181
    Design: New Construction

    Drahtguy Kevin: (from last year) The Ripsticks make cruising fun with their easy turn initiation and energetic feel. Both skis were extremely quick edge to edge. The skis have no metal and react like it when push comes to shove in crud and moguls. I found the tips a bit soft for my larger-than-average size and aggressive nature.
    • Who are they for? Weekend warriors and those skiing a few days a season who like to cruise groomers and dabble off piste.
    • Who are they not for? Heavier, hard chargers.
    • Insider tip: Ski these from the middle of your foot and don't drive 'em too hard

    FairToMiddlin: (from last year) Elan’s rec SL gets a three-step program for success. You can see what’s coming just by looking at the topsheet: a relatively thin and soft tip, followed by a stepped increase (near the snow "contact" point) in thickness as sheets of Titanal beef up the ski. Finally, instead of the race plate you would see in a World Cup SL, an integral full-width slab of carbon sits atop the Titanal to let you know there is some real horsepower under the hood. Weirdly, they finish it off with a non-horsepowery 12 DIN binding that left me scratching my head a little, but it didn’t spoil the fun.

    The Fun.

    There is a lot of that in this ski. Every year, there seems to be a "come play with me" ski that stands out (which has proved to be expensive for me in the past), and this year, particularly among the skis under 80mm, this is it. If the stepped-thickness technique was an attempt to make an aggressive shape accessible, then this is a great example of accessibility done right. For all the power this thing has, all the immediacy of response to tipping on edge, it is oh-so-intuitive to decide how much of that power gets used. Feedback is immediate, but not brutal: it is delivered with a Coke and a smile, not a … whatever the opposite of a Coke and a smile is.
    • Who is it for? Skilled folks that want a big grin, not a big workout.
    • Who is it not for? The heavy and aggressive. With the 12 DIN binding on board, you may run out of retention as you dial in the Gs.
    • Insider tip: No great mystery to reveal here; click in and let the good times roll.

    Women

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    Elan Ripstick 94W
    Dimensions: 136-94-111
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 156, 163, 170, 177
    Size tested: 170
    Design: Carryover/NGT

    Tricia: (from last year) Elan’s promise of a fun ski to charge off piste was met with much anticipation. I really enjoyed this ski in moguls and when playing around in the soft fresh snow. I only wish I had a chance to really push its limits: there was definitely a lot of feedback, which is something I don't usually like, but this was still a fun ski.
    • Who is it for? Someone looking for a playful off-piste option.
    • Who is it not for? Someone looking for a calm ski.
    • Insider tip: If you like a damp ski, this isn't the one.
     
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  2. MattFromCanada

    MattFromCanada Professional Something-or-another Skier

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    In the course of your travels, did any of the testers get on to the Ripstick 96 Black Edition? I'm curious if there is any real difference between that and the stock 96.
     
  3. Wendy

    Wendy Trying not to face plant Skier

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    Did anyone ski the GSX? I own this ski (from 2 seasons ago) and it is fantastic. While not a true GS ski, it is fast and playful at the same time. It is relatively soft, so has more versatility and a friendly feel. I also own the SLX and I may like the GSX better.
     
  4. MattFromCanada

    MattFromCanada Professional Something-or-another Skier

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    The 2017 mode

    The GSX you're on is the last year that Elan had the Amphibio profile on their cheater race skis. The 2018-onwards models are more conventional, but I dare say, I like them better that way! Maybe it's just a psychological thing, but they feel more stable at higher speeds. My daily is the SLX but I'm at a smaller hill where a GS ski doesn't make as much sense...
     
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  5. Grizzly777

    Grizzly777 Booting up Skier

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    I am curious if Ripstick 96 Black Edition it is holding up to heavier/bigger skiers a little better on top end stability with weight north of 200 lbs? I found one recent Youtube video from 2019 Powder Buyer's Guide review of someone pushing a 96 Ripstick Black Edition pretty good and appears to be at decent pace but not sure of the guys size.
     


  6. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    I am not sure how I missed the RipStick 96 Black. It is stronger than the regular Ripstick and as Elan says, they added another gear and that is enough for a 200 plus pounder. But with that said, this is still a ski that is on the finesse side of the scale. There is a lightness to the ski that makes it playful and workable.
     
  7. Eric Edelstein

    Eric Edelstein ExoticSkis Industry Insider

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    Ditton on Phi's observation of the RipStick 96 being on the finesse side of the scale with a lightness and playful feel.
    More observations on the Blackened RipStick 96 mentioned over HERE.
     
  8. Wendy

    Wendy Trying not to face plant Skier

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    I bought mine as a new old stock, so the price was too good to pass up and I didn’t care about the Amphibious profile, and the softer feel is probably better for me. I found the GSX to be surprisingly versatile and very quick edge to edge, even on shorter turns. I haven’t been on this year’s....just see it in my shop...it is a good looking ski that I am afraid some who could really enjoy it will overlook.
     
  9. surfsnowgirl

    surfsnowgirl Instructor, newbie Subaru driver and winter lover Skier

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    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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  11. surfsnowgirl

    surfsnowgirl Instructor, newbie Subaru driver and winter lover Skier

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    Thanks. Definitely walking away. A :rocks: sounds divine.
     

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