In response to some questions I have had regarding these two Elans: I just got off the phone with the Elan rep, and he confirmed that both the Magfire 12 and 666 Fusion use 2 sheets of metal in the topsheet. But, the Magfire 12's metal sheets are slightly thinner, making it a slightly easier and less demanding ski. Originally, the Magfire 12 was supposed to be the direct replacement for the 666, but they decided to keep the 666 in their big-mountain mold (beefed-up, narrower than the 777) while the Magfire 12 is slightly more versatile (I always thought that the 666 was plenty verstaile, but the Magfire 12 is SLIGHTLY easier to handle, expecially in bumps, according to the rep). I couldn't tell much of a difference between my trusty 666's and the new Magfire 12's, but I wasn't looking for one, either (I had assumed they were different in name only). Other than that, they are the same dimensions. FWIW, RealSkiers gave them different ratings, and liked both. I hope this helps!
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10/13/05 at 11:26am