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Review: 2013 Elan 888

 

88mm underfoot, 128/88/108. 2 sheets of metal, milled wood core, very light for what it is. It has a touch of early rise, enough to get you out of the junky snow, not enough to pull the tip out of the turn.

 

Conditions: firm hardpack, chalky and scratchy snow. On a scale of 1-10 for ease of skiing, I would put it around a 3 or 4 (1 being a sheet of ice, 10 being hero snow). Lots of small to medium bumps all over the hill.

 

Binding: Look PX12 demo. Tune; out of the wrapper. It was a touch railed at the tail, but the stock tune is really nice, better than most any ski I have seen all season. Not railed at the tip like the Blizzards and Dynastars have been this season.

 

Skier: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, ski 30-50 days a year. Check video for skill level and skiing style. I ski almost exclusively off-piste, looking for bumps, trees, fun terrain.

 

Overall impression: I know this ski well, it hasn't changed in 2 years. Milled out wood core, inside a 2 sheets of titanium sandwich. Light ski, moderate flex, great lateral edge hold. I like to mount it about 1-1.5cm back of center, depending on what I am doing and how I like to ski it. Hence the demo binding. This is one of the very best, most versatile skis we sell in the shop. It should be one of the top sellers in the US, based on how well it skis, but Elan's name isn't out there enough, so people don't get to ski it. This is a skier's ski: you can back off, or push it hard, and it works either way. For just sliding around, something with more rocker would be more pleasing, but if you can work a ski with a solid skill set, you will find this design very rewarding.

 

Off-piste hardpack: very smooth, easy. It is very stable, but only when you want it to be. Other times, you can dump speed and energy quite easily, check your speed, and then let it roll again. Very good in those small mis-shapen bumps, plenty of edge hold, but not an aggressive feel. It hooks up very progressively, and releases in the same manner, making it a well-behaved ski off-piste. Great for steeps, when a stiffer carving ski will be punishing and demanding, and a wider ski will be too loose and lacking edge grip. A great balance.

 

Bumps: a little stiff here, but pretty solid. I skied some tighter bumps in that video, the 888 handled them just fine. The tip is a little stout for direct bumps, but manageable. Tail releases easily. Very predictable in bumps.

 

Crud and new snow: this is a damp, stable, predictable ski. No surprises. It rocks in trees and crud, the tip doesn't catch whatsoever, but it comes onto and off of edges in a hurry. Very well balanced, great for arcing around trees in skied-out conditions.

 

Groomers: a little bit more of a GS crusier on groomers, not a lot of energy. Elan designed their Amphibio Waveflex ski lineup for groomers, and the 888 is not really that ski. There is no speed limit, but if you are looking for carver energy, you won't really find it here. Big GS arcs are fun, though, and it grips well. A lot of people will like it's mellow character on groomers, at least low energy skiers.

 

I always go back to our demo pair if I am searching for a ski and don't know what to bring with me on a road trip. Assuming there isn't a lot of new snow, this is one of the few skis I could take with me to ANY hill worth skiing, and know it can take on any condition and terrain. It has such a huge performance envelope and is a lot of fun. Highly recommended: I am sorry to see it go away at the end of this year.

 

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Gotta give you credit for not taking the easy (and flattering) way out on the videos. I haven't skied Squaw, but that Horse Tails segment looked quite challenging. I'm sure if I had a clip of me skiing that pitch I wouldn't be posting it on the net. wink.gif
 

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Is this the same ski as the '12 Apex or were any changes made to the ski?

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Hi,

I am pretty sure it is the same ski. 

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Hi,

I am pretty sure it is the same ski. 

 

 

Sounds like what I am looking for, but how does the 888 compare to the Head Rock n' Roll or FX94?  Concur, really appreciate your efforts for putt'in it out there in a skiing video. 

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Sounds like what I am looking for, but how does the 888 compare to the Head Rock n' Roll or FX94?  Concur, really appreciate your efforts for putt'in it out there in a skiing video. 

Hi,

 

They are actually pretty close. FX94 is really smooth, the 888 a little stiffer at the tail, the Rock n' Roll has a little more sidecut and softer tip, so better in junk, but solid underfoot.  The FX94 skis a little shorter than the other 2, so it is better in tight spaces perhaps, the 888 and Head a little better in more open terrain. 

 

They are 3 of my favorite skis around!   You are welcome! 

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Gotta give you credit for not taking the easy (and flattering) way out on the videos. I haven't skied Squaw, but that Horse Tails segment looked quite challenging. I'm sure if I had a clip of me skiing that pitch I wouldn't be posting it on the net. wink.gif
 

 

agreed.

 

I videoed that segment, and gave scott a general line, but he had never skied it before. it's has litte fall away cliff bands hidden that you need to pick your way through. the sideslip, redirect to find a line, that is part of skiing mtns that have real terrain, and skis like the 888 are great for that, while super shapely, stiff skis that you may want to make clean arcs down a blue groomer are often not good for that type of skiing.

 

Also,

I agree that Scott puts himself out there. He came little later to skiing, and the overall image he shows on skis doesn't always line up w/ how tech heads maybe think it should look, but he is a great skier. Strong, confident, solid. I seem to get slower and more cautious every year, so it may not be a big complement, but he drops me regularly.

 

cheers,

Holiday


Edited by Holiday - 2/13/13 at 3:23pm
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