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Considering 2010 never used Elan888, feedback??

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
any issues to consider when looking at a 5 year old pair of 'new' skis? I am looking for a traditional camber ski- prefer having that edge there for me... I don't like the twitchy nature of the new cambered skis at speed. I am often with some intermediate skiers and find myself mainly on fast groomers with the occasional drop into trees and bumps, but really enjoy carving big GS turns as fast as the skis will take me. Elan 888 a good choice? Sales skis are 168 which is shooter than I am used to but I am 5'6 150 so should be enough.
Considering remortgaging house to get the Kastle mx88 which is also has traditional camber. Would appreciate any help.

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post #2 of 21

When the 888 came out it blew me away, it was a great ski. If it s a great deal, as it should be for a 5 year old ski, get it, mount it and ski the piss out of it. The 168 should work for your size. 

post #3 of 21

^^^ What he said.  I have a pair that I still use as my "hard day" ski.  I've changed my soft snow ski several times recently but not the 888s.  Every time I think about getting new skis to replace them I pay attention to how they respond and I decide to wait a while longer.  They hold well, respond quickly, and are quite damp.  Probably the "best" skis I have ever owned.

 

They are not good for just hard snow, though.  They work really well in up to about 6" of new and they are great crud busters as long as it's not really deep.

post #4 of 21

Yeah, the 888 or Trip8 was one of the rare skis that I actually bought more than one pair of. It is also one of the few 5 year old skis that still feels current. 

post #5 of 21
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Huge help. Thanks all. Any suggestions on setup or tune? manufacturer recommended center point ok?
post #6 of 21
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Huge help. Thanks all. Any suggestions on setup or tune? manufacturer recommended center point ok?

The ski has been sitting for 5 years, it will need a tune (1*/2*) and might need a base grind. Check various points of the ski with a true bar. Wax, wax and more wax. IIRC there was sone discrepancies with mount points on this ski, check running length then measure off the Ball Of Foot. I am not sure if anyone here even still is running a 168 888 to give you a point of reference. Option too is to mount a demo binding like a Tyrolia Attack 13 Demo which is a pretty darn good binding in it's own right. 

post #7 of 21
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These 888's come mounted with Marker Competition 1400 piston - are you able to change center point at all with those? If not, I like your Tyrolia option- there are other pairs unmounted for sale. Is it accurate to say that Tyrolia Attack 13 come in standard setup, and a demo version, but you are suggesting the demo version for the setup flexibility?
post #8 of 21
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These 888's come mounted with Marker Competition 1400 piston - are you able to change center point at all with those? If not, I like your Tyrolia option- there are other pairs unmounted for sale. Is it accurate to say that Tyrolia Attack 13 come in standard setup, and a demo version, but you are suggesting the demo version for the setup flexibility?

I would not get them with the Comp1400, that binding is notorious for blowing heel springs, it is a 12DIN heel with a 14DIN spring plus it is a 6-7 year old binding at this point. Go with the flat ones and and yeah unless you are comfortable with the initial set up the demo version is a better option. 

post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Great help. Thanks a ton.
post #10 of 21
Tell us what the price is and we'll tell you if they're a good deal.

I own three pairs of Elans and obviously rate them highly. Personnaly, I'd go for the Spire (or 999s), which is my go-to all mtn ski. At 100mm underfoot they are narrow enough for moguls, whilst the two sheets of metal mske them carve a sweet turn on groomed runs.

However, I'm taller and more atheletic (interpretation: heavier) than you, so maybe the smaller waist of the 888 would suit you better.
post #11 of 21

The other nice thing to keep in mind is that the warranty starts from date of purchase.  I once bought a brand new pair of Elan GS race skis that were 7 or 8 years old.  Checked with Elan and the warranty was still for two years.  The skis are now 13 years old and I still have them.  I haven't skied them in a couple years but I still like them.

post #12 of 21
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So, I emailed the company, and the skis are actually the 2007/2008 season which I suppose is fine. Any age related issues to consider? $199 for the pair.
post #13 of 21
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So, I emailed the company, and the skis are actually the 2007/2008 season which I suppose is fine. Any age related issues to consider? $199 for the pair.


As Philpug said, get them tuned thoroughly and (possibly) have a base grind done on these. 2008 or 2010, is just splitting hairs for this ski, but getting a good tune is essential. 

post #14 of 21
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So, I emailed the company, and the skis are actually the 2007/2008 season which I suppose is fine. Any age related issues to consider? $199 for the pair.
Are these just the plain shiver ones with the black and red stripe up the middle? If so, I still think it was one of the classiest graphics of all time. When on line resellers are letting last years skis for for $249...the $199 for these does sound a bit high, but it is a good ski and if it's what you want, go for it.
post #15 of 21
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Yep- silver with the red stripe. Nice clean look. Point taken with discount. For 8 years old, not that cheap.
post #16 of 21
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Yep- silver with the red stripe. Nice clean look. Point taken with discount. For 8 years old, not that cheap.


I bought mine about 7 years ago for less as a close-out.  However, they are a great ski and what other ski can you get at that price, new, that is as good or better?

post #17 of 21
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The other nice thing to keep in mind is that the warranty starts from date of purchase.  I once bought a brand new pair of Elan GS race skis that were 7 or 8 years old.  Checked with Elan and the warranty was still for two years.  The skis are now 13 years old and I still have them.  I haven't skied them in a couple years but I still like them.
Also, the warranty is only good from an authorized dealer. Personally, if I bought a 7 year old product at a close out price, I would not expect it to carry a factory warranty.
post #18 of 21
They were, and still are a great ski. They have very good build quality. Regardless of any potential warranty, I'd bet they'll provide a lot of great days on the hill for $200. I wouldn't hesitate. To my thinking, they're a great find.
post #19 of 21

I picked up some 777m flat a couple years ago for about $120 in the plastic shipped.  That was only for a 192 cm though.  Several of us jumped in that deal when it was available.  REALLY happy with them.  They carve well for a non race ski and blast through crud like a boss.  I should also mention that the 192 cm 777 is actually 87 under foot so it does compare somewhat to the 888 in shorter sizes

 

How is $200 better spent on ski gear?  Depends on what you need but they ski well.


Edited by crgildart - 8/31/15 at 10:31am
post #20 of 21

The 888 remains the favourite ski of a friend of mine - a pro patroller down here.  He's stocked away multiple pair to make sure he doesn't run out.

post #21 of 21
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Also, the warranty is only good from an authorized dealer. Personally, if I bought a 7 year old product at a close out price, I would not expect it to carry a factory warranty.

 

That is what I thought would be the case but the store manager (authorized dealer) brought it up.  I called Elan because I was skeptical and Elan stated they did absolutely would honor the warranty.  It's actually low risk because the skis don't go bad in the store, provided they are stored properly.  I have bought about 8-10 pairs of Elans across the last few years and have never had issue with any of them.

 

Ken

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