2011 Elan Waveflex 14 White Fusion Ski
|Lengths||152, 160, 168, 176|
|Turn Radius||10-16m @ 168cm|
|Construction||Waveflex, ABS Sidewalls|
|Binding System||ELX 12.0 FUSION wht/grn|
|Recommended Use||Frontside Groomers|
Elan Waveflex 14: basically an updated Speedwave 14. This ski is 72mm underfoot, has a dual radius (10-16m), 2 sheets of metal, and Waveflex.
1st day: manmade, hard snow at Winter Park, at the US industry demo. Definitely the skis of choice for these days: most everyone was ripping around on frontside type skis, and I don't think I have ever seen such a high concentration of reallygood skiers (like ex-World or Europa Cup level) in one place. These conditions were made for the skis tested here; a good carver makes a bulletproof day a hell of a lot of fun. Definitely the most fun skis, especially on that kevlar-vest like groomer down to the base area, were the most powerful, pseudo-race skis. We all had big grins on our faces.
2nd day was in mostly softer snow and groomers, at Alpine Meadows. These skis still performed well (4 inches of crud isn't going to slow down a frontside type ski), although it wasn't the pure hard snow of Winter Park.
3rd day was mostly hard snow (rain over snow, then frozen) with some crud thrown in. Pretty good conditions to test out edge hold, although the snow wasn't as predictable as the 1st and 2nd demo. Still worth demoing these skis though, especially on groomers.
About me: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line expert-level bumps for the first time in my life by early spring. Probably ski 40-50 days per year. I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers. My skiing speed is fast to full-on.
This ski hasn't changed a whole lot over the past few years. It is a ski that, again, is at the top of it's game. Elan makes some of the best frontside and race bred skis on the planet, and the 14 is no exception. It has the same performance as the Supersonic, but IMO, is a bit more demanding, and gives back a bit more energy. I would actually compare it more to the SLR IQ in terms of performance, but it even packs more punch than the Blizzard. On this ski, if you aren't skiing it well, you are hanging on for the ride. It is tremendously stiff edge to edge, and wants to be there most of the time. It seemed a bit more eager to hook up than the Supersonic, and therefore a bit more tiring if skier isn't up to it. No lack of edge hold or energy. Stability is about equal to the SLR IQ, but again, the Waveflex likes to be worked a bit more, and not skied in park and ride mode, at least at my weight. The feel is classic Elan: very powerful, damp, smooth, but pack a bit more snap inside the ski than most of the Austrian brands, which tend to feel just a bit bigger and less energetic.
I really love what Elan has produced here: no compromises for those who are up to skiing it. Might be more of a ski for the guy up to 180lbs, where the SLR IQ might be for heavier skier, depending on the feel you are looking for.