with a couple days at SV and a day at Mt Rose, I had a chance to ski:
elan amphibio 88xti
with my buddy Dawgcatching.
I don't review for everyone, as I'm not looking to sell skis like many of our reviewers. I state if I like or don't, based on traits that I think are good or bad for how I ski, where I ski, and what I like to feel.
first day, chalky winter snow, solid but tacky, cold, Squaw
lots of steep bumps, west face, headwall, oly lady east face, (not as good this day, as the tune was hooky, but promise was there.)
2nd at Rose, 1 inch to 2 inches of wet rained on snow, lots of great laps in the chutes,
3rd day, Alpine Meadows, 1 inch new snow on hard frozen base.
Amphibio 88, 178
very turny, a bit stiff for an 88mm ski for my likes.
this ski was not for me. too opinionated, too much variation of behavior between tip/tail when guiding turns through bumps, off piste.
I like the 21mm radius.the consistent and moderate flex for a ski w/ layers of metal.
it is happy in a variety of turn radii, as well as blends of carve/skid.
solid edgehold on the hard snow.
key words, solid, predictable, fun, playful, balanced width for mixed conditions.
I liked this one enough that I ordered it!
and it will be my new "on the snow" and mixed condition ski for the rest of the year.
(replacing my mx83, which I liked on piste, but was a bit too stiff for me for off piste steeps and bumps.)
w/ my mx 83 and mx 98, I have been finding I wished I had a blend of these skis, and while this one may be closer to the 83, it feels like a nice blend of the two, radius right between the 19mm of the mx83 and the 24mm of the mx98, length feels closer to my mx 98,
flex between the two, width between the 2, just a great all around ski!
I believe Dawg will post some video and his impressions as well.