Originally Posted by ManDown
For any who care...
I emailed Elan the other day and thought I would share their response. I won't copy and paste due to the privacy statement on the email but was told that the speedwave line is not being distributed to the US this year. It is slated to be returned to the US for the 2009 - 2010 season.
Scary and weird to be thinking about 2010!
The market segment for the 69mm skis have been dropping consistently. Look at the new popular skis for the frontside skier who wants close to race-ski performance: Head Supershape Magnum, Fischer Progressor 9+, Fischer Progressor 8+, Nordica Mach 3, Blizzard SuperSonic: all are around 72mm underfoot. Not that there is anything functionally different between the SW12's 69mm and the new 71-72mm skis but the wider skis are being pushed as "new" and the narrower skis are somehow now "old". It is probably just marketing: I had a person associated with Head tell me that "our engineers have determined that the ideal width is 71mm underfoot for a frontside ski: that width just skis the best". What a load of BS. The Magnum skis great, but how they determined that 71mm, not 69mm, 73mm, or 74mm is better, is beyond me.
The SW12 was/is a great ski, one of my favorites. Still, if you are looking in this category, check out any of the above skis, as well as the Dynastar Contact 10 or Contact 4x4, and perhaps the Tigershark 10 from Volkl as well. I think you can definitely find one of the above that you will like. Or, just wait for the 2010 product to come back. Probably the SW12 will be up to 71mm by then as well