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2011 Elan WaveFlex 82 XTI Lime Fusion Ski


Pros: Responsive, Solid Edge Control, Flexible In Bumps

Cons: Expensive

The WaveFlex82XTi by Elan has proved to be a solid performer. I ski in the Canadian Rockies at Jasper Alberta's Marmot Basin and found this ski to be able to cover all terrain and not leave you wanting for more ski. When this ski is on edge it is just like being on railroad tracks. In softer snow and transition to broken crud the flex action works and the ski floats nicely. I have not had a chance to see what happens if it really pukes and we get a big dump. I have a set of powder skis that I will use. Elan has really nailed the all mountain one ski with this puppy.

2011 Elan WaveFlex 82 XTI Lime Fusion Ski

The Magfire 82 XTI Fusion is aimed at all-mountain explorers of expert ability, and comes jam-packed with cutting-edge technology to put it head and shoulders above the competition. A slightly wider geometry beneath the binding delivers plenty of stability on softer snow, while a laminated woodcore and DualTi technology combine to produce the optimum flex for changing snow conditions and terrain.

Turn Radius17.2m at 176cm
ConstructionDouble Ti Sandwich
Core MaterialLaminated Wood
Binding SystemFusion
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended Use
Recommended Binding
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Additional Info
Model Year2011
Binding Type
Recommended use
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


From Dawgcatching's 2011 Ski Reviews: Mid-Fat skis, 80-100mm Waists, 11/28/10


Elan 82Xti: The 82Xti is another ski that is a bit under the radar in terms of a manly frontside ski that takes no prisoners. Skied in 176cm. Unchanged for 2011, was revised last year.



These were tested over several days: conditions included lots of manmade snow, firm and rock-hard bumps, fast groomers, a few inches of new snow, steeps, icy chutes, some heavy new snow, and a fair amount of crud.  Since I only got a couple of runs on these skis, for the most part, I didn't do the 1-10 scale for these skis.  


About Me

5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line double-black 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. Overall fitness is high, as I am on my road bike 15+ hours a week 9 months of the year, and race pro-level races as a Cat1. 



It seems that the same guy is designing skis for Blizzard, Nordica, and Elan. At least, they feel very similar on the snow. All 3 reviewed here (Blizzard 8.1, Nordica HR-Pro Jet Fuel i-Core, and Elan 82Xti), are serious, race-bred all-mountain skis with integrated bindings, wood cores with 2 sheets of metal, and a take-charge attitude. Perhaps the first ski in this category was the AC40, and these skis are bringing it to the next level of performance. The Elan, in contrast to the others, feels a touch heavier and more damp on the snow, and a touch stiffer than either the Blizzard or Nordica. Any would work for a good skier, but I feel the 82Xti to be the best suited, out of the 3, for bigger skiers. It is stiff; there isn't much give to this ski, and for me to ski icy bumps on it, I had to be on my game. Get in the back seat and the game is over. I could ski bumps, it just wasn't my favorite bump ski, as the tail is quite punishing, the ski is stiff, and it packs a punch. Get this ski onto groomers, and you won't find a more exciting frontside powerhouse. No speed limit, uber-smooth, damp, stable, and with world-class edge hold (for a ski of this width). Feel is wood core with 2 sheet of metal: smooth, damp, stable, powerful; about what you expect a ski like this to feel like. It really does come across as a near race ski. Again, in crud, it doesn't get rattled a bit, and has an incredible amount of stability. This isn't a “hooky” ski in crud; rather, it tracks as well as the Apex. At full speed in a crappy, half-frozen crud field, this ski was as stable as anything reviewed here, and more so than all but a few. The 82Xti ski is fairly heavy, with a lot of metal in it, and isn't terribly quick, but gets the job done in tighter chutes. In trees, there is plenty of sidecut, and it rips around with little effort. It nearly feels like a “narrow Mantra” in that it just a whole lot of ski for someone my size. I liked it, but guys my size could do better, IMO. Then again, if you are close to 200lbs or over, this should be at the TOP of your list. Big guys have been loving this ski for years, simply as it is a lot of ski, built for bigger guys who can flex it. Having skied the GSX Fusion Pro (their race carver, which is as good as race carvers get), the 82Xti is cut from the same cloth.



Pros: powerful, energetic, stout, race ski-like feel, no speed limit

Cons: can be demanding for lighter skiers, a bit stiff for bumps


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