Elan Whisper skis are sold in Canada. There are 3 models, the Whisper 8.0 (110-71-94), Whisper 6.0 (110-71-94) and the Whisper 4.0 (110-68-95).
Reviews of the Whisper 8.0 mentioned that they are ideal for the light woman who enjoys quick turns and moderate speeds. Probably ideal for my wife who is an intermediate skier. The 6.0 model will probably be ideal for anyone who still uses the word beginner in the description of their own skiing. I should add that the one ski that matches the Whisper 8.0 in general characteristics is the Dynastar Exclusive 9.
Note that the Whisper 8.0 & 6.0 are monoblock construction with soft flex (as opposed to uniform flex like the HCX or progressive flex like the SLX). These skis seem to be very much targeted towards the light, finesse, woman skier.
I should mention that I have no relationship to Elan. I have their brochure and talked to representatives at the Toronto ski show. The reviews are straight from ski magazines. My only interest in Elan is regarding their HCX ski, which is still at the top of my list for recreational slalom skis to purchase this year.
Heluvaskier, I have a question for you: what do you think about the Tyrolia Railflex LD 12 binding on the HCX ski? The binding offers 33.5 mm height, which will give a total of about 48 mm height of the snow. The advantage is that the binding allows the ski a full flex, which I like very much on a short ski. Basically I don't want to dampen the HCX's lively characteristics. Does this make sense to you?
[ October 20, 2003, 09:05 AM: Message edited by: TomB ]