Elan's big story for 2013 is the success of its innovative Amphibio ski, introduced last season, which combines camber on the inside edge and rocker on the outside edge to create exceptional edge hold and easy turn initiation. "Put these powerful technologies together and you'll get the best optimization of the bottom and top skis in every turn. It's like driving a Formula 1, without ever fearing of losing control," says the company's marketing blurb.
The skis have a left and a right -- which means they're not interchangeable. These two different views illustrate why:
Combined with Waveflex technology, this is a very nimble ski that is marketed as a "true-one-quiver" All-Mountain ski. The changes for 2013, according to NW District Rep Ken Olson, are new widths: "The men's side gets 78, 78TI, and 88TI. The women get Ilumina, Intensia, and Inspire. The widths are 75 (Ilumina, Intensia), and 78 (Inspire)" [below].
Philpug notes that the Fusion system binding will be wider and lighter next year as well. The Amphibio Waveflex 88 the only model that is also available flat.
For a company that has been around for 45 years, Elan has never had any qualms about reinventing itself. Elan's reputation for innovative design was established with the SCX, the shape ski that revolutionized ski design 30 years ago. Today Elan skis feature its proprietary Waveflex technology, which employs the same ridged or "wave" construction as cardboard, making its skis both extremely lightweight and flexible while being torsionally strong. This company video gives an idea of how it works: