The risers are rubbery things with metal topplates, and the riseres are in 2 chunks, bolted together. The top chunk lifted right off! The bindings were mounted into the top chunk, so they came right off too. The bolt holding the top chunk had pulled out of the bottom chunk. Bit of a worry, as I hadn't done anything much on them yet...hadn't gone through any bumps, even, as they'd set my bindings on 8 and I wanted to adjust that before bumping.
Mountain Sports agreed to give me a replacement pair: they were going to do the "we have to send them back" stunt. My attitude was, I'd paid money for tools with which to teach and cheat my way through Level 2; I expected to have something for my money, not get the skis at the end of the season.
grumble! So I got the 2nd pair mounted up last night, but i'm on race crew today and would rather have the Stocklis on the course, they've got stronger edge hold.
I hope the Elans are OK now, as they are actually a nice little ski, and do what I ask of them very nicely. For the price, they're a good ski, provided they stay intact! The mounting guys and the shop people said they've had a few come back with this problem, but maybe it's just a bad batch.