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new Elan M666 $270 today on Steep & Cheap

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post #2 of 26
Yeah,

Great deal on a great ski. It does not include bindings (I called) but still a great price.

Most Elan fanatics prefer this ski without the bindings. The Fusion system does not allow fore-aft placement, so relocating the boot/binding forward is not an option.

If I had not already purchased new gear, I would be all over this one.

Cheers,

Michael
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by barrettscv
Most Elan fanatics prefer this ski without the bindings. The Fusion system does not allow fore-aft placement, so relocating the boot/binding forward is not an option.
Wow! When did this change? I know that in the 03/04 season it did, and the current ones look to me like you could do this manually by using the toe/heel adjustment.

(Yes, I really like the Fusion "feel".)
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by ssh
Wow! When did this change? I know that in the 03/04 season it did, and the current ones look to me like you could do this manually by using the toe/heel adjustment.

(Yes, I really like the Fusion "feel".)
I had a 03/04 S12 Fusion and the gear drive for expanding the heel toe distance could not be shifted forward. Possibly this could be accomplished by major dis-assembly of the components, but that would go beyond intended use.

Please explain how to shift forward the fusion system, in case I missed something.

Cheers,

Barrettscv
post #5 of 26
Gaah. Steepandcheap is going to bankrupt me! I couldn't resist, as my current sticks are only 68mm at the waist, and I really wanted a little more underfoot for off-piste. I'm psyched, but now have to figure out where to hide them from the soon-to-be Mrs. Reisen...
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by Reisen
Gaah. Steepandcheap is going to bankrupt me! I couldn't resist, as my current sticks are only 68mm at the waist, and I really wanted a little more underfoot for off-piste. I'm psyched, but now have to figure out where to hide them from the soon-to-be Mrs. Reisen...
Haha Thats a riot. Not even married yet and it has already begun. Get a second set for her and start things off right.
post #7 of 26
Any suggestions on length / bindings for these? I'm 5'9", 165, advanced-expert who likes trees and bumps and both short and long rads, mostly Quebec skiing (ie icyyyyyy).
post #8 of 26
I plan to go with Look, maybe P13's. I bought 176, which was probably just about perfect for me. I'm 6'0, 190lbs, but will drop 10 pounds or so as I move into the season.
post #9 of 26

Wow, it must be a sign or something...

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Originally Posted by Reisen
Gaah. Steepandcheap is going to bankrupt me! I couldn't resist, as my current sticks are only 68mm at the waist, and I really wanted a little more underfoot for off-piste. I'm psyched, but now have to figure out where to hide them from the soon-to-be Mrs. Reisen...
Not only was the price of these bad-boys just too good to pass-up, but by a fortuitous convergence of those independent variables that would clearly favor a ski purchase at this time, my wife will be on a business trip when my new M666's arrive.
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by Dr Rick
Not only was the price of these bad-boys just too good to pass-up, but by a fortuitous convergence of those independent variables that would clearly favor a ski purchase at this time, my wife will be on a business trip when my new M666's arrive.
If only I could be so lucky. Actually, chances are I might be on a business trip myself. Therefore, I did what any desperate gear-addict would do, and had them shipped to my office. I can't wait to see the guys' faces in shipping/receiving when they sign for a 6 foot box. I wonder if it'll fit on my desk?
post #11 of 26

What bindings?

Ok,

My name is Jon and I am a gearaholic.

Just bought the 666's in a 168. Don't really need them but I have always to see what they are all about. Especially at this price. Ok, I guess I could use an "all mountain" ski.

Don't know what bindings to get.

I like the Atomic binding/plate system because of being able to easily change boot size and boot position.

Is there a similiar system that will work on the 666's? Tyrolia?

Thanks,
JonnyMo
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by JonnyMo
Ok,

My name is Jon and I am a gearaholic.
[all together] Hi, Jon!!!![/all together]
post #13 of 26
Damn! I'm gonna have to stop visiting this forum. Just can't resist a killer deal on some killer skis and ordered the 168's. I demoed them a couple of seasons ago back to back with the Metron B5. A much better ski than the B5 IMHO. More versatile, more lively.

I thought I had dodged the bullet this year. I exercised great restraint at all the pre-season sales & swaps and didn't buy anything.

Thanks Squawman for hook-up!
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by interfacing74
Any suggestions on length / bindings for these? I'm 5'9", 165, advanced-expert who likes trees and bumps and both short and long rads, mostly Quebec skiing (ie icyyyyyy).
I posted a response to your original question at 11:30 PST yesterday before anyone knew about this. You needed the 176. Sale is over.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by interfacing74
Any suggestions on length / bindings for these? I'm 5'9", 165, advanced-expert who likes trees and bumps and both short and long rads, mostly Quebec skiing (ie icyyyyyy).
I wouldn't get these skis if you do a lot of skiing on ice. I think they're a better soft snow ski.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by moguljunkie
I wouldn't get these skis if you do a lot of skiing on ice. I think they're a better soft snow ski.
They work fine on eastern hardpack.
post #17 of 26
FWIW, Backcountryoutlet still has 11 of these in a 168 for $229, which is just a sick price on such a great ski. I already bought mine in a 176 and love them, just figured I'd try to help out a few of you who might be looking.
post #18 of 26
I just ordered one pair. The deal seems too good to be true. Now I'm looking for bindings to match it. For those who bought flat 666, what bindings do you mount on it? Could anybody give some advice? Thanks a lot.
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by bourbonnais
I just ordered one pair. The deal seems too good to be true. Now I'm looking for bindings to match it. For those who bought flat 666, what bindings do you mount on it? Could anybody give some advice? Thanks a lot.
About anything will work. For a low-rise binding, the FF14 seems to be popular with our customers. For a lifted binding, people seem to be going for the LD12 or HD14. The HD has the metal interface with the Railflex and would probably register less lateral flex than the LD12. I have also mounted 9-14 FIS bindings and they work well. In general, people who are using these as a one-quiver ski mount them up with some lift (a Railflex or Piston-type setup) while those who are using it as an off-piste ski go with a lower-rise binding (the Tyrolia FF or 9-14FIS style binding).

Enjoy those skis. They are one of the best models on the market.
post #20 of 26

2003/2004 Elan Mantis 662 $399.95 176cm

The Mantis 662 has the same diamensions as the M666 (116-76-102). On another thread, somebody linked Al's Ski Equipment Barn, which has the 662 for $399.95 in the 176cm length. URL is http://www.untracked.com/catid-2.html
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Dave86
The Mantis 662 has the same diamensions as the M666 (116-76-102). On another thread, somebody linked Al's Ski Equipment Barn, which has the 662 for $399.95 in the 176cm length. URL is http://www.untracked.com/catid-2.html
yup. and strangely, the 662 was rated as having more rebound energy and less forgiveness than the M666, while the M666 slightly nudged past the 662 on stability.

this is paraphrasing the Peter Keelty data, which you'll be able to get from his site in accurate detail if you subscribe. normally I wouldn't post such stuff but it's near to impossible to find data on the Mantis 662.
post #22 of 26
can't believe I missed that steep/cheap deal on the 666!!!
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by firstracks
can't believe I missed that steep/cheap deal on the 666!!!
Just to be clear, I resurrected this thread because I found out backcountryoutlet.com still has the 168 for the unbelievably low price of $229. That's just sick, considering it's $40 below what I paid for mine, which were still dirt cheap. So if you think you at all could ski that length, I'd jump on it.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
normally I wouldn't post such stuff but it's near to impossible to find data on the Mantis 662.
Ski Press blurb
post #25 of 26
uh,

unless you're comprex, that is.
post #26 of 26

For $50 bucks more...Al's Ski Barn.com has the 04 777...a pretty cool deal!!!

a pretty cool deal!!!
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