I borrowed my wifes skis the other day and really enjoyed using them - here is my take on them
These Elan Mystic with fusion integrated binding are about 8 weeks old and have done about 7 days. They use the waveflex construction which claims to allow a flexible ski but with good torsional strength
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R could not find - guess 12 ish
Partial sidewall (approx 1/2 the length of the ski)
Binding: Integrated Fusion.
Mount Point: Suggested
Mt Cheeseman in the Craigeburn Range (foothills of the Southern alps near(ish) to Christchurch, New Zealand
No of runs: Maybe 20-25
Conditions: Groomed trails and wind packed powder some of it a bit crusty. Steeper runs chopped up club snow (like above but quite variable). Spring snow on the more northern aspects.Overall a bit firm early but softened up to good skiing.
Terrain: Open with no trees. Good variety of slopes. Short runs so make lots of turns if you want your moneys worth. No one else there for an hour or so so not at all crowded
T Bars for lifts
Username - Balderick
12 Days this season so far
Age - 56
Fitness Level - Reasonable (lots of waterskiing in the summer)
Years Skiing - 30+
Height/Wt 166cm and 64kg
Moderate fast but with finesse rather than strength
Current Quiver: Volkl 5 star supersport 168cm. Salomon Axendo 190cm. I guess we dont count old skinnys right?
Home Area: This is it
Terrain:Prefer 70% off piste 30% on
I really enjoyed skiing these. Although they are probably too short for me I felt at home right away. They feel strong and steady when trying to hold a true carve and turn shape/size is variable (In a good way). Brushed/skidded turns are easy even off piste and edge hold seemed solid on the one shiny bit I found. I didnt get anywhere near a speed limit for them.
Venturing over to A Basin and truly variable conditions they felt even better - I am not sure how to describe it, but they encouraged a good wide stance and were better to ski on the steeps than my Volkls. I suspect it was the short length. The ride is nice and damp but not dead feeling. Crud doesnt seem to upset tracking. I thought the outside edge of the uphill ski grabbed a bit on one occasion while traversing at reasonable speed across some windblown crusty snow, but that only happened once.
On the narrower homeward trails they were easy to short swing and lots of fun. Easy to go from gentle brushing to harder edging close to the fall line at speed.
The ideal position seems to be pretty much centred, but they were quite forgiving if I went back too far and allowed an easy correction.
Pros: Very enjoyable ski for typical NZ conditions. My wifes skiing has improved very quickly on these. I believe any advanced skier would enjoy them for most resort / off piste use. Although in theory they were too short for me they actually felt very secure on groomers at speed but then performed exceptionally well off piste. Lotsa fun for the old & Grey without wearing him out.
Cons: None really. Fronts got a wee bit buried in the deeper stuff once but shouldnt be surprised right? I imagine at the correct length that would not be an issue. Except in deep powder and they aren't pretending to be targeting that area.
Moderation: Remember I have not skied many modern skis so to some degree this review may be of limited value.
I cant decide if it is the shorter length that made them so much fun, or the easier flex. (compared to the 5 stars). Suspect a combination both...