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2012 Elan Spire Ski Reviews


Kudos for the Spire -- Lots of love has been spread around for the Apex, but the Spire never seems to get as much attention.


Pros: Stable, predictable, easy turning, solid at speed.

Cons: Haven't found any yet

Length skied: 181cm.  Height: 6'. Weight: 185.  Older expert skier, 50+ days per year.  I do not knowingly go airborne.  Skis set up with a Marker F12 tour binding.  Boots are Dynafit Titans (bone stock), 3rd year. I've been skiing on the Apex and like everything that that ski does.  I'm looking to go wider with a ski that I can tour on and ski in resort.  My current "wide" ski is a Volkl Mantra 177cm.(the older red ones).  I had Explosiv's (190cm) before that.  I ski mainly east coast.  Mostly groomed.  Hike and ski in the east when the conditions warrant or I feel like a workout but it's not an all the time thing.  I...
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joe strummer

Great All Mountain Ski


Pros: All mountain performer, good in 15 -20cm pow, construction quality

Cons: skis shorter than indicated length

I'll say up-front that I am a loyal Elan brand skier.   This is a great all mountain ski (front side and side country).  Two layers of titanium/aluminium give it torsional stiffness that skis without metal don't have.  I tried the Spire and Faction Prodigy and the skis could not be any more different.  The Prodigy is a bigger, softer ski and on hardpack/groomed runs is not fun.  Too much skidding and not enough carving.  The Spire is the complete opposite:  great in moguls and great carving long languid turns.   The Spire skis okay in powder, but just doesn't have the girth to float freely.  It performs fine in 15-20cm of powder, but...
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Spire - Does It All


Pros: Stable, Crud Buster, Solid

I got back from Utah, where we skied in 4 days of powder dumpers, I had my Elan 82XTi's Amphibio's which were great boards but I decided I needed more underfoot...as an addition to the inventory.   I went for the Spires and they have not disappointed. I find they are true crud busters, and I can carve it up on all but bulletproof stuff.   We ended up with some heavy Midwest dumps at the season end and the Spires were a ball.   Bindings are Elan/Tyrolia OEM, size 181's.   Solid board...   As an aside, Elan is introducing an Amphibio 88Xti for 2013 that rocks the socks....single ti sheet with a carbon sheet and 15% lighter bindings...it's a...
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Mag-e Ski

Elan Spire


Pros: Short turns, initiation

Cons: Long turns, edge grip

Ski: Elan Spire Dimensions: 130/98/120 Tested Length: 181 Turn Radius: 23 meters Price w/binding: $949, w/out binding $749   The Good: Short turns, initiation The Bad: Long turns, edge grip   Verdict: The Spire is a soft snow-seeking ski, with an ability to crank out short swing turns with a wonderful ease of initiation. Crank it up too much in more mixed conditions though, and you’ll feel as if you are exceeding the ski’s speed limit.
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