Originally Posted by putyournameonit
I really enjoy the threads on this site - you guys are great!
Would like to know if anyone has had the pleasure or not to ride on the new 2012 ELAN's yet. I tried them this past weekend and was impressed with what they did to the ice crud I was riding on here in the Northeast. I am in the market and really leaning towards these over the AC 30, And Fisher 80. I feel their rocker camber blend does very well and wanted to get some input
I skied them this past week. They are traditional Elan frontside feel: fairly powerful, stout, strong tail. Where I noticed the design really working is when tipping the skis onto edge: the outside ski really hooked up, but I could tip the inside ski and drive it without it wanting to over drive and get me stuck on that inside ski. It had no speed limit in a 176cm; absolutely no top end. I was ripping down the groomer under Red Dog at Squaw, and found I could really do anything on these, just as you can on a good race ski. They weren't too "railed"; I could arc them up on big edge angles, or I could pivot and smear them at the top of the turn, get them the direction I wanted them, then hit the edges (a move you see all the time on even flexing race skis, it can be kind of hard to do on railed carvers though) and explode through the fall line. This is a very powerful ski; it feels as strong as the 82Xti, but is more controllable when you want to put the only partially onto edge. Still a top end ski though. I took it off piste, and at my weight (150lbs) it was too muscular for the bumps I was skiing. It would be fine in crud at speed, but for technical bumps, the Apex has always been a superior choice for light guys such as myself. For someone looking for a powerful groomer ski that can handle off-piste crud and new snow, and is heavier than 180lbs, this is a very good choice. I would say the stability was a bit ahead of the Magnum 8.1 from Blizzard, and with the new inside/outside ski design, felt to be a bit more progressive in flex, which was perfect for backing off the power from the inside ski, but still giving you everything you want from you outside/big toe edge. Even if I am skiing "white pass turns" on the inside ski, I am not getting the leverage I would on the outside ski; the design makes a whole lot of sense. If you like the AC30, you are really going to enjoy this ski.
We have a couple of pair for sale here at the shop at a pre-season intro price. Please PM if interested.