I think that the best designed and built ski to this day is the Elan SLX. This ski although very specialized surpasses all other slalom skis in the amount of rebound, and especially the amount of edgehold that the ski delivers. They are designed for slalom and slalom is what they do, very very well. I have never been on such an outstanding ski. Granted it doesnt fall into the all mountain category with all of the midfats on the market, and the mediocrity of performance that comes with them, but we arent looking for the best all mountain ski per say, just the best ski in general. This ski is designed for short turns on hard snow, and it does them better than you can ever imagine. When i skied them i was deffinitly not prepared for the ride that i got on them. I didnt think that it was possible to have a ski that would rip perfect slalom turns on blue ice, but the SLX does it. The SLX is the only ski that i have ever skied that absolutely impressed me by its performance envelope. It is deffinitly leaps and bounds ahead of any other ski on the market becuase it doesnt require the speed that other slalom skis do in order to turn (although it likes speed). I would only reccommend this ski to a solid expert skier or racer, and only would reccommend that it be skied on groomed slopes or in the race course.