The Elan X-Tech Stealth. They are among my favorite skis! Definately the most unusual. The tip and tail are as narrow as the waist of the narrowest "traditional" skis ever were - and the center is as narrow as a X-C skating ski. The integrated lifter is gigantic and starts out narrow at the skitop and blossoms out at the top to make enough room for the binding to be mounted. They are also center mounted - the center of your foot lines up to the cord length center of the ski. Mine are a 183'
They are the most amazing ski on firm snow and ice I've ever skied - like ice skates, total unstoppable monsters. And in GS courses on firm snow they are very fast. The one place you *don't* want to ski them is in the crud, slush or powder -- I've tried, and its hell!
One piece of the technology that I do think is very far ahead of its time is the center mounting. If we are making round turns . . . why would we *want* to be mounted more towards the tail of a ski? And when you experience this ski you feel for the first time how beneficial it is to be truly in the center of your tools!
If you find a cache of them, let me know - the skis were far too radical for Elan to be able to sell enough. When mine wear out I would like another pair on tap! You might want to call Elan directly.
When the more open minded folks in the ski industry were starting to experiment with shapes . . . and running into nearly religious backlash from our instructors and other employees in the ski industry - these skis were great fun. The people who were making fun of fat skis, shaped skis and such . . . well I'd get on a lift with them and point down at my X-Tech's alongside their 'traditional' skis - and say "hey, what are you doing on those FAT Skis? Man those are *cheater* skis? You need fat skis to get down the hill?" And etc, I was merciless (but what comes around goes around!)
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