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2005 Elan Fusion 555 (ex. M12 Fusion)

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Ski Make:Elan
Ski Model:Fusion 555
Ski Length:176cm
Snow Conditions Used Inow over icy hardpack/soft groomers
Number of Days Used:10 runs
Your Ability:improving
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing:16
Avg. Days per Year Skiing:currently 60
Other Skis You Like:Elan S12 Fusion, Nordica Speedmachine 14, Head i-GS RD (RS119)
Your Height/Weight:5 foot 9, 155lbs

Comments: I figured I would post a review on what was the M12 Fusion, next year to be called the Mantis 555 Fusion (basically the same ski, although the titanium layer is not quite as thick). Still the 108/70/96 dimensions. The skis is being marketed as a "cruiser" ski for the skier who likes to go fast and ski a relaxing, smooth ski with a large sweet spot. It is capable of decent off-piste performance, but really isn't meant to be a backside ski. The ski has proven to be very popular this year among skiers who like to cruise at speed but don't ski too dynamically or with alot of energy, and those who still use steering-based technique. A couple of notes about our demo models after 1 season's use (about 16 days on the 176cm so far): I can say that the M12 Fusion has been the most popular ski in the demo fleet this season (we demo basically every high-end model from Elan, K2, and Fischer) with the K2 Escape 5500 running a close second. Everyone who skis fairly well and likes to cruise at speed has loved it. One other note (may not be an issue for most): the topsheet is a clearcoat and scratches easily. Our skis have several scratches and a couple of dings near the tip (undoubtedly from skiers who keep their legs guled together and cross their tips all day, or people who are skiing too long of a ski). Point is, it isn't the most cosmetically durable ski in the fleet, but if you ski well, it holds up fine!

Today, we had about 5" of good quality snow over some hardpack. I made several runs on soft groomers, boot-deep powder, crud, and icy bumps.

Coming from a more radically shaped ski (the S12 Fusion) I found the M12 to be very pencil-like in it's dimensions. This was both good and bad. The ski seemed to run straight very well, and was very predictable. Initiating turns wasn't much work, but the tip seemed slow to hook up compared to either a more radically shaped ski or a race ski, with a very torsionally stiff tip. The ski was smooth and predictable-I could lay it on edge early and know there were no surprises coming.

Groomers/rough snow did not seem to phase it (probably also somewhat due to the length, 176cm is longer than my normal skis on the groomers, S12 in 168cm). The sweet spot was very large-no matter where I was on the ski, the ski would hook up and turn. Very forgiving. For me, this translates into a somewhat "dead" feeling ski, coming from sportier and more powerful skis. Smooth, easy, very stable. Carries a fair amount of speed with minimal effort. I tried turning up the energy a bit-the ski didn't give much back in return. Definitely a ski for a lower-energy skier-someone looking for energy and power will be dissapointed (this is what we have the S12 Fusion for, and next season, the GX Pro Fusion!)

Crud/powder performance was adequate. Again, not a whole lot of shape underfoot-float was adequate, but not great. The ski is heavy and isn't "easy" to release from difficult snow conditions. It is skiiable, but definitely for someone who spends 70%+ on the groomers.

Bumps were a little tricky, due to the fairly long length (for me) and heavy/stiff nature of the ski. It was workable, but I got in the back seat pretty easily (this is as much operator error as anything). Still, this isn't a forgiving ski in the bumps-I would say that one needs their technique dialed if they are spending much time there on this ski.

Overall, this is a great ski for the good skier who cruises at speed, primarily on the groomed stuff. Someone who prefers a Mercedes S-Class to a Porche 911. Nice skis!

[ March 01, 2004, 07:37 PM: Message edited by: dawgcatching ]
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. . . and another great review from dawg! Thanks!
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P.S. You've obviosly been demoing next year's skis. When can we buy them on a proform? I'd like to buy the Fusion Mantis 666, but it doesn't seem to be for sale.
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P.S. You've obviosly been demoing next year's skis. When can we buy them on a proform? I'd like to buy the Fusion Mantis 666, but it doesn't seem to be for sale.
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Originally posted by oboe:
P.S. You've obviosly been demoing next year's skis. When can we buy them on a proform? I'd like to buy the Fusion Mantis 666, but it doesn't seem to be for sale.
Thanks for the kind words. Regarding the purchase of next season's skis, they aren't available yet. I get skis on loan from the rep-I am the buyer here at our little shop. If you want next year's skis, the best bet is to contact your regional rep and see if they will sell you their demos at the end of the demo season (usually about Mid-March). That is how I am getting my 666 Fusion's for next season. Good luck!

[ March 01, 2004, 08:33 PM: Message edited by: dawgcatching ]
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Oh, I forgot to mention that the street price on the M555 ski/binding system (Fusion w/Tyrolia binding) will only run $649 next year-that is a great price (it was $839 this season). Definitely worth checking out!
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