Middle season demo of the Elan Amphibio Waveflex 12 168cm with fusion bindings of metal. Heavy. The amphibio range has right and left marked skis with the inside edge fully cambered and the outside edge slightly rockered. This demo ski was probably one size longer than ideal for my size/skills/style. 73mm underfoot and 14m radius. Dimensionally similar to the Mystic. At Cheeseman today the snow was challenging - Either the groomed, or an inch of powder over refrozen chop/tracked/lumps, and occasionally slightly deeper pockets. Feels heavy and damp, which was good today. Good edge hold and seems to make whatever turn style you want - Hard aggresive or easy feathering style whether on groomed or that other stuff I mentioned. actually, considering the crap we were skiing off piste, I have to give it credit for being very user friendly on difficult snow. Turn initiation is easy and the ski gave me a lot of confidence in the crud. I don't think I have skied nasty snow like that anywhere near as fast as I did today. On the groomed it is a great ski - You can do whatever you want Cant say how it goes in deep snow and probably doesn't matter too much to us. Although with my weight on top I suspect it would not have disgraced itself.(unlike the pilot on occasion) Summary - Pros - Edge hold, versatility re turn radius, damp enough to save you (somewhat) from the leg bashing terrain, confidence inspiring crud performance. Cons - Just the heavy feel which goes away once you get moving. Not a real fun feel to it, but at one size smaller I suspect might have been more playful? Last word - If the snow had been easier I could quite possibly now be raving about how great this ski is. Guess we will never know.
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11/19/11 at 2:42pm