Pros: Edge grip, confidence with speed, versatility
Cons: Haven't found any yet
I was looking for a good ski to help me move from the solid intermediate range upward. After replacing my old boots with a pair of Dalbello Proton 10s (which I also love), I ventured back to the local shop to pick up a pair of skis. Honestly, these skis were not even on my radar. You don't hear much about Elans in the mainsteram mags. The manager of the shop, upon hearing of my desire to find a ski that would inspire confidence and help me progress, suggested the magfire 78ti. The price point was what I was looking for and I took a leap of faith. I managed 4 very different trips with these skis this last season and they were superb. From the variable conditions of Steamboat in January to the powder of central Ohio (yes, I said powder), to the spring crud of Seven Springs in PA, to the incredible conditions of Blackcomb in early May, these skis rocked! They were stable at speed, allowed me to carve turns of varying radii, and, most importantly, were fun. These skis want to be skiied and are tremendously forgiving. I was amazed at how straightforward it was to initiate turns (so much so, that when warming up on them for the first time with my 8 yr old, I managed to fall at low speed on a green.....much to his delight). I need to go back to the ski shop (Aspen Ski in Columbus, OH) and thank the manager. What felt like a whim at the time was the best chance I've ever taken as a skier.