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Difference between Elan SLX and SX???

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Do you know what the difference is between the Elan SLX and the SX? Both say SX on the front of the skis but one says SLX in the tails and the others says SX on the tails. I am asking because I have read several reviews of the skis and if I understand correctly, the SLX was stiffer, more demanding, and not versatile for turn shape. Is the SX newer and a little softer or what is the difference?

A couple of people hear love their Elan slalom skis but some of the reviews make them sound too demanding for free carving out of a course.

Doug
post #2 of 9
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I found the answer by searching the forum. The SLX is the race stock sl ski and the SX is the mellower citizen racer.
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The SX isn't exactly mellow, though. It feels just about like a race-stock SL too-I actually enjoy the SLX more, as it is less demanding for some reason-the SX felt stiffer and harder to generate rebound....I still like the SLX WC or Head i-SL/Fischer WC SC for free skiing.
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Originally Posted by dtraub1
Do you know what the difference is between the Elan SLX and the SX? Both say SX on the front of the skis but one says SLX in the tails and the others says SX on the tails. I am asking because I have read several reviews of the skis and if I understand correctly, the SLX was stiffer, more demanding, and not versatile for turn shape. Is the SX newer and a little softer or what is the difference?

A couple of people hear love their Elan slalom skis but some of the reviews make them sound too demanding for free carving out of a course.

Doug
I'm told by Ken Jones Ski Mart in Manchester, NH that the SLX is ELan's FIS certified slalom ski with different dimensions than the SX (assuming you're talking about the Elan Fusion Pro SX). Bigger sidecuts on the SX making it illegal for FIS skiing. The dimensions on my wife's Fusion Pro SX's are 114-66-104 at 160cm length. Also, her ski has an integrated binding, whereas, the SLX, I believe, does not have an integrated binding system.
post #5 of 9
BTW, my wife (level 9 skier) loves the elan fusion pro sx, says you don't have to push them hard to get great performance (as compared to her older straight 190cm volkl p10s), but says the sweet spot is very small.
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Thread Starter 
After I posted the original question here, and before I got your kind responses, I emailed Elan and asked them what the difference was. They said the Fusion Pro SX will tend to be stiffer than the SLX because the SLX race stock ski is sold flat and the SX has an integral plate which stiffens the ski. Other than that, I think the skis dimensions and construction are the same.

I read the review of the SX and the SLX from Mr. Dawgcatching and it sounded like he found the SX stiffer and more demanding than the SLX. That explains it.

Thanks to everyone for their comments.

Doug
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by nhskier
Bigger sidecuts on the SX making it illegal for FIS skiing.
Which "illegal sidecuts" in a slalom ski?
It´s just the length (165/155/130 J) and waist not less than 60 mm.
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Originally Posted by checkracer
Which "illegal sidecuts" in a slalom ski?
It´s just the length (165/155/130 J) and waist not less than 60 mm.
Good Q. I personally know nothing about this. As I indicated, this information was from someone in the shop at Ken Jones Ski Mart in Manchester, NH. He was trying to describe the difference between the SX and SLX to me. He looked at some chart and said the SX wasn't FIS certified but the SLX was. If it's just the length and waist not less than 60mm, then I don't know why he said it wasn't certified.
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Originally Posted by checkracer
Which "illegal sidecuts" in a slalom ski?
It´s just the length (165/155/130 J) and waist not less than 60 mm.
Note. Radius, too, for anything other than slalom (from the FIS specification):

1.2.1.1 Ski length
(New rules valid as from season 2003/04 on page 25)
Minimum length (unwound length) for all disciplines (Rules valid as from
2003/04 on page 26):
Ladies: 150 cm
Men: 155 cm
Children I & II: 130 cm
The ski length has to be marked on the ski.
1.2.1.2 Profile width
Minimum width of the running surface at binding without any tolerance:
60 mm.
1.2.1.3 Radius
(New rules valid as from season 2003/04 on page 25)
Downhill Ladies & Men: minimum 40 m
Super G Ladies & Men: minimum 33 m
Giant Slalom Ladies & Men: minimum 21 m
Giant Slalom Children I: minimum 14 m
Giant Slalom Children II: minimum 17 m
Marking on skis compulsory.

There is also some information on maximum tip and tail widths (115mm), but I'm having a hard time following that information in the document...
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