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2008 Elan 888 Alu Ski Reviews

MtMariner

NW all arounder

Posted

Pros: Performance

Cons: ...top sheet finish

Greetings All, I purchased a pair of these after reading reviews but without skiing them. A few years ago a ran a pair of Elan Spitfires and had enjoyed them, so I jumped in. I mounted Fritchi Freerides on them and swap between a pair of older Technica's with Intuition liners and a pair of Garmont Axon boots. All in all, I have been very happy with these skis in varied conditions. BTW, I'm 6'2", 225 Lbs, and consider myself a good skier after 44 years of practice. I'm leaning towards a pair of Fischer Watea 94 as my next pair...
discus

Great Ride!

Posted

Pros: super strong on hardpack, loves speed in all conditions

Cons: top sheet scratches really easily, not too forgiving in the park

This is one powerful ski. Softer and wider than the old ac40 yet still makes power GS turns on steep hardpack. I would not recommend this ski for someone who ventures into the park everyday, since it is a little too frontside oriented for this. Still very capable in tight trees and up to 6'-8' of fresh. Great Price too! I recommend trying out before buying to get used to the way it like to make turns.
Philpug

Trip 8

Posted

Pros: Smooth, fast and stable

Cons: top ski scratches easy

I am a gear whore, this is the first ski in 10 years that I bought twice, that says a lot. My son keeps taking these from me and he just rails them flat out beautiful. The 888 is one of my favorite skis to come out of Elan in a long time. Graphics are some of the prettiest ever, simple and classic.  
Posaune

Smooth and Steady

Posted

Pros: Great grip on hard snow, skis at all speeds well, does not deflect in heavy crud

Cons: Takes some effort to get quick turns going, but they will do it.

I got these skis, new, at a screaming deal so I bought them without a demo.  I have been far from disappointed.  They are incredibly smooth, hold well on ice, and handle every kind of terrain from the hardest snow to crud and powder.  While I keep another set of skis for the very soft snow and trees, these fill all of my other needs and can work in every situation as needed.
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