Kudos to the Ski Luddite Thread for this good find. I got the Elan 777 for $89 + ship
Mounted with a pair of Griffons I picked up for $139 on black Friday. This has been a very economical addition to my quiver.
On to the review:
Product: Elan 777
Length Tested: 192
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 117-87-107 / 26.1
Camber (select one, delete the rest): Traditional
Binding: Griffon 13
Mount point: On the line
Environment & Conditions: Early WROD
Location of Test: Snowbasin
Number of Runs: 8 run on middle bowl chair
Snow Conditions: manmade groomers early
Demo or Own: Own
Height/Weight: 5'10" / 205
Ski Days/Season: 30-50
Years Skiing: 20
Current Quiver: Blizzard The One 184, DPS RP 190, Dynastar Huge Trouble 185, Praxis Powder 185
Home Area: Snowbasin
Preferred Terrain (select one/all, delete the rest): off-piste & trees
Short version: These things like to go fast.
Long version: I went out today at snowbasin for my first day of the season. Not much terrain was open, only middle bowl chair with sweet revenge and very little else. Some ungroomed bumps, and a terrain park. It reminded me very much of 7Springs where I used to ski in PA. So I took out the new all mountain boards to see how they would do.
Elan was a ski brand I had completely ignored / not known about. I bought these based on a whim after reading the luddite thread and a perceived need to replace the Dynastar Sultan 85s in my quiver.
After a few runs to get a feel for sliding on snow again, it was time to try some carving. Once I got the feel for them, it was game on, these things love to go fast and I didn't have enough room to really give them a thorough test at the speeds they were happiest going. I was making 2 turns down most of the steeper rollers on sweet revenge and the skis were begging for even more speed. These things really like to go fast and respond well to edging and pressure early in the turn. They have a bit of a playful feel, but it really doesn't come out until about 30 mph. I was grinning when I was able to get them into the air off some rollers in the trail.
Shorter and more medium sized at medium to lower speeds the skis did not want to hook up cleanly or carve reliably. Could be a technique issue on my part, but the skis did not seem to be naturally good at this.
I did some slower speed moguls a few times, the skis were predictable and absorbed the terrain pretty well in the bumped up snow, this was not proper moguls, more like whales from the snow guns that had some ruts carved in them. I will give the ski an incomplete grade but its worth mentioning the good early results.
The feel was smooth and refined, about half way between Blizzard and Head. And the forgiveness was I think decently high. The ski never reacted poorly to any thing I did, not even my tossing them around on my first run as I was trying to get my technique together and get a feel for my boots, edges, balance, all at the same time.
This is a ski that is very different from other skis in my quiver and really seems like a good ski to have at a place like snowbasin with the wide open trails and lots of room to turn.
Edited by tromano - 11/24/12 at 3:57pm