As I posted in another thread, I made a few impulse buys this fall and ended up with a little overlap in my quiver.
One area of overlap is the Nordica Olympia Fire Fox and the Elan Speed Magic.
I really didn't want to like the Speed magic after skiing the FireFox because I wanted to feel happy about selling the Speed Magic. No Can Do!! This ski Rocks!!!
I skied at my usual Crystal Mountain today, starting on the Nordica FireFox. The groomers were cruisey and fast, so a nice carver was in order. After 8 runs on the FF I was ready to give the Speed Magic a shot.
The difference in dimensions is very minimal between these two skis, but the dymanics of their construction is vastly different. More description below
Advanced, solid Level 7.
Female, 5'6" 120 lbs.
Model: Speed Magic
Length : 160
Category & Dimensions CARV 116/70/105
1=Poor 2= Fair 3=Average 4=Very Good 5=Excellent
1 2 3 4 5
Short Turns 5
Medium Turns 5
Long Turns 5
The Speed Magic (SM) took over where the FireFox(FF) left off. It turns quick, blasts the ice marbles and stays stable when the conditions are sketchy.
The dimensions of the FF and SM (as noted above) are similar but the SM has a thicker sidewall and has the wave technology that elan offers which lends to rigid performance without losing the torsional flexibility. Where the SM excelled above the FF is the ice marbles. No ski is great in ice marbles, but the SM tended to ignore them a bit more than the FF and THAT can be a good trait in Michigan.
This ski lends to confidence, and performance. Though the SM has a speed limit, it is a nice mix of a ski that likes to be driven but allows you to set it on cruise control when the moment rises.
The conditions I skied:
Man made packed powder, with occasional ice marbles to contend with. By afternoon it had snowed enough that the conditions softened to 2ish inches of powder and sweet creamy conditions.
SM: 116/70/105 turn Radius 11.9@ 160cm
FF:Sidecut:120/70/103 Turn Radius: 13m @ 162cm
The sidewall of the SM appears to be 2mm thicker than the FF, at the waist(though I didn't measure it with a mic).
I know the site and literature says the SM is only offered in 152cm, 158cm, 166cm, but Mine is indeed a 160, so maybe I'm special.