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08 Elan 999's

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First of all, these are NOT the old 999's. The old ones, as pretty as they were, were noodles. These are real skis, a bit of a turned up tail (not the twin tip the old one was), 129/99/119 with a 30.1M TR in the 185. Flex is much beefier than the old ski was too, IMHO, they should have used a different name as different as this ski is. This is uch more of a big mountain ski now. Graphics are also very nice, in the same genre as the 888 except wood vs. the silver.
post #2 of 13
So, did you ski them?
I am considering these as well as the Watea 94. I'm sure these two skis are quite different. I like the way the 777 skis, so I would love to hear more about these new 999's.
post #3 of 13
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Well, I mounted them up. They are a very pretty ski, along the lines, but not in the class of the Sterling Mattehorn. You will notice the tail and tips do have a darker shade. Graphics mimic the 888, but wood vs. the Alu. This ski feels and flexes more like my Titan Nine than either the old 999 or even the 888. I will be very interested in how it skis. Hopefully Epic will uphold his end of his promise and we get the snow we are expecting at ESA, I will post a review at that point.


The "star" above the 999 are actually fastened to the ski.





Note: the binding position, even though these are 185's, the position in further back than a 176 Magfire.
post #4 of 13
They are purty. I assume that's printed woodgrain, though? And aren't you required to put Tyrolias on those things? <grin>
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They are purty. I assume that's printed woodgrain, though? And aren't you required to put Tyrolias on those things? <grin>
Hmm, those look like solly 916's.

Could be my personal prejudice, but I think those would look awesome with a pair of Look Nevada Grand Prix on them.

Skis that look like wood, who would have thunk it???
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Originally Posted by viking kaj View Post
Hmm, those look like solly 916's.

Could be my personal prejudice, but I think those would look awesome with a pair of Look Nevada Grand Prix on them.

Skis that look like wood, who would have thunk it???
I would like to see some nice "polished aluminum" bindings hitting the market, a retro look to go with the retro look of the skis.
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I would like to see some nice "polished aluminum" bindings hitting the market, a retro look to go with the retro look of the skis.
Anodized.
post #8 of 13
Mojo 15s or FF15s are probably the closest to what you want in terms of appearance.
post #9 of 13
very nice ski. I think Elan got the mounting point right on these, it appears to be a much more centered, neutral mount. Nice, got to get nicer bindings for those purdy babies
post #10 of 13
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I would like to see some nice "polished aluminum" bindings hitting the market, a retro look to go with the retro look of the skis.
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Anodized.
Well, pretty much anything but plastic. Weren't most of the 60/70's era bindings made of stainless steel? Why couldn't you use that? Would it be too heavy?
post #11 of 13
Heavy as a direct 1:1 replacement without massaging the design, and calling for different forming procedures. I was thinking of the blued metal some of the 1970s gear had.

They could do pretty much any color under the sun they wanted to now just by anodizing the aluminum, as bike rim makers like Mavic prove year after year.
post #12 of 13
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I actually ended up remounting these. I used a center point closer to that of the 888, which I like the way are mounted. Using a k2 as a point of reference , they are +5.5 but no where near a center mount.
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Day 2> I remounted these and took them to Magic for the day. As I said before..Beef Stick. The forward mount point made these much more nimble in the tight trees of Magic, not quite as nimble as my Seths, but on the flipside, a much more stable ski at speed.
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