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Elan 888 .....Apex, ALU

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I see a pair of "Elan 888's" for sale on line but what is the difference between this ski and the Apex and the ALU?

post #2 of 17

2011 888 Alu = 2012 Apex= 2013 888 Alu

 

Search Dawgcatching mid fat ski reviews for more info.   2012 Elan Apex below.

post #3 of 17

Actually ...

 

2010 - 888

2011 - Apex - milled out core

2012 - Apex - Resort Marketing Rocker

2013 - 888 ALU - Ask Dawg  Supposedly Graphics /Name Only

2014 - elan killed em

 

N yeah Dawgcatching / holiday have good reviews

 

I Ski em too (Thanks Holiday For The Suggestion)

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hmmmm. So it sounds like $250 never mounted still in plastic would be a good deal then?

 

Graphics are kinda offputting though.  White with a red glittery sequined looking shovel.  Kinda looks like a girls model.  Was there a girls model?

post #5 of 17

My son calls my 1010's and the Apex "Russian skis".   Personally, I don't worry about being color coordinated with matching boots, skis, helmet and outfit.  I only care how they ski.   You could always paint or layer them with different color duct tape if you want.   No girl model that I know of but if you find a one be sure to post her picture.   biggrin.gif

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

I don't care about the color either..,,,it just looked like it was a ladies ski is all. BTW, I found a pic on skinet that looks like it.....2010 model. 
 

post #7 of 17

.Do they look like this?

 

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post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

Yep that's them.  $250 new in the plastic.
 

post #9 of 17

You think that looks like a woman's ski?  This is quite a different ski than the current 888; no aluminum sheet and no early rise tip.  I assume the waist is 88mm but have no idea what the other dimensions are.

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

You think that looks like a woman's ski?  This is quite a different ski than the current 888; no aluminum sheet and no early rise tip.  I assume the waist is 88mm but have no idea what the other dimensions are.

I think it's 128-88-108 if my internet research is correct.  That's narrower at the tail than most...which I think I like.  It's fairly soft too isn't it?  I'm 5'-9" 175.
Your pic is better than the pic I saw in the online ad.  All I could really see was an all white ski with a red disco ball on the shovel. I'd ski it!

post #11 of 17

I can't say anything about how soft or stiff it might be, but it should be a bit softer than the current version since it apparently doesn't have the aluminum in it.

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

I can't say anything about how soft or stiff it might be, but it should be a bit softer than the current version since it apparently doesn't have the aluminum in it.

It is on the stiffer side, actually.  Basically a more damp version of a Kendo. Pretty similar skis.  That is the same as the current model, minus the very minimal early rise tip.  Skis great, one of the most versatile skis around, too bad it is going away! 

post #13 of 17

I have the 888's in the photo. Picked up a pair of 177's for $199.00 at a spring clearout sale of demo skis at Destination Sports in North Vancouver. I had the shop do a quick binding adjustment and took them up to Grouse Mountain for a few runs in the spring slush (+2 degrees C and light rain - we get that a lot around here). The 888 was very nice in the sketchy conditions. It has a really pleasing combination of moderately stiff flex with an easy going, forgiving attitude. It was very stable motoring through the wet stuff, with an easy release out of the turn. These babies are a few years old and a bit beat up, but there's a lot of life in them. A perfect ski for spring time when the rocks are starting to rear their ugly heads. Skiing the 888 makes me question the whole rocker thing. There is nothing wrong with the 2010 model (all camber, no rocker) of the 888. It feels like a well-thought-out if rather basic ski design. It has a unique personality, it works well, it's a ski that grows on you.  

post #14 of 17

Just ran into this offer.  186 Elan 888 Alus new in the wrapper for $175.  Get 'em while they're hot.  I just bought a pair a few weeks ago from the same place for $189, this is their last pair.  This is a great ski!

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/111791623727?ul_noapp=true&chn=ps&lpid=82


Edited by Posaune - 2/20/16 at 4:21pm
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 

Just ran into this offer.  186 Elan 888 Alus new in the wrapper for $175.  Get 'em while they're hot.  I just bought a pair a few weeks ago from the same place for $189, this is their last pair.  This is a great ski!

  Did you visit the store,   or on-line?  I tried to navigate the web site,  but didn't find that last pair.  (or did you snag the last pair and posting the gloat? ;-)

 

Got 'em

 

Thanx ;-)

 

 

 

Cal

post #16 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 

Just ran into this offer.  186 Elan 888 Alus new in the wrapper for $175.  Get 'em while they're hot.  I just bought a pair a few weeks ago from the same place for $189, this is their last pair.  This is a great ski!

  Did you visit the store,   or on-line?  I tried to navigate the web site,  but didn't find that last pair.  (or did you snag the last pair and posting the gloat? ;-)

 

Got 'em

 

Thanx ;-)

 

 

 

Cal


Didn't quite understand.  Did you buy them?  The site says one set was bought today and that there are three pair still available for that price.

post #17 of 17

Damn, I ski a 177, too bad.   Maybe the most versatile ski I ever owned.  I took the original to Snowmass and Alta in 2008, both were of the best days of my life.  14" of untracked all morning at Snowmass, and SB had 6-8" on top of a deep fresh layer, all morning on High Rustler's and Gunsight.  

 

If you want the "modern" version, check out the Motive 95.  Tip rocker, however, little else has changed. 

 

https://www.dawgcatching.com/collections/fischer-1/products/2016-fischer-motive-95-ti-ski

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