|Originally posted by RichKotite:
I am looking for any feedback from those of you that have
skied the Elan Integra 8.0, and how it would compare to the
Lets get some info on you-how do you ski, how big are you, what do you want the ski to be cabable of?
Elan isn't making the Integra this year. They are doing 2 lines-the S and M lines. S is more of a all-moutain carver with 68mm waist, while the M is a 70mm more in the mold of a traditional all-mountain ski. As for comparison to K2, the S series would be equivalent to the new Axis XT, while the M series performance is pointed more toward the Axis X. Personally I like Elan much better than K2 across the line (our shop sells both). The Elans just feel more agressive and high performance, not as damp as the K2's. If you are looking toward a intermediate/advanced ski comparable to the Integra 8.0-check out the Elan M8 Fusion or S8. Either of these skis is fairly high performance witout being demanding-you can push these skis quite a way. They both feel fairly light and can do most anything at reasonable speeds. If you want to ratchet up the cabability of the ski, look toward the M10 or S10. The M10 is an outstanding ski that is very verstaile (can get a little squirrly at Mach 2, but most people aren't skiing that fast). The M12 and especially S12 are more demanding, but so nice at speed. Especially the S12 has GS stability and slalom quickness-I noticed very little performance from my GS boards, but much more versatility. This season, I bought mostly S8 and M8 Fusions for our shop's demo program-a couple of M10's, and 1 S12 and M12 each-that should give you an ideal of where these skis like performace-wise.