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Elan SL Waveflex or Head Supershape?

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Hi, I like short radius tight turns up to medium radius turns, also at low speed... I ski on groomers only and I never go off piste, I'm a man 5'' 7' and 140lbs. I'd want a funny ski with great edge-hold on ice, and stable even on little bumps... I never reach high speeds, because groomers are often too crowded... Which is the best ski among Elan SL Waveflex (and not SLX, which is too stiff for me) or regular Head Supershape?
post #2 of 9
I skied Head Supershapes last year and they will do everything you want. Great ski that has many positive reviews. My skiing style is similar to yours. No experience with Elan's but if you search this forum for reviews on either ski, you'll find all you need to know. My limited experience is that SL skis require more precision and are physically more demanding on your body. I know I get more tired on SL's than I did on my Shapes.

I bought my 165 cm Shapes from Evan Silver who is very close to your size. He wanted a slightly shorter ski. I'm 50 lbs heavier than you, and I went to a SL ski this year to hold better on ice.

I vote for the Shapes in a 160
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I tried both of these skis at a recent demo day. I thought the Elan was easier to initiate a turn but had a lower speed limit. It seems that is exactly what you are looking for. I really enjoyed the Elan. It would absolutely turn on a dime.

That being said I bought the Magnum. It had a similar slalom feel, but it was also able to handle higher speed GS turns without chatter. It is a very versitile ski. I just returned from a week in Utah with them. If you have any questions let me know.
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Dauntless, I fear that the magnum hasn't the same slalom feel of the other two! Do you agree?
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Dauntless, I fear that the magnum hasn't the same slalom feel of the other two! Do you agree?
Yes.
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Dauntless, I fear that the magnum hasn't the same slalom feel of the other two! Do you agree?

The magnum definitely has less of a slalom feel. You really can not go wrong with either of the other two.
post #7 of 9
Similar to what was said above, the SuperShapes are unique in that they feel almost soft and relaxing, that is until one lays them over at speed. Then WHOOSH!

Any real slalom board will feel more edgy and less relaxing than the Head, but few will carve better.

That's why I like Heads-- I don't want to have to keep careful control. Just beyond my ability to control is where I like to be.
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Similar to what was said above, the SuperShapes are unique in that they feel almost soft and relaxing, that is until one lays them over at speed. Then WHOOSH!

Any real slalom board will feel more edgy and less relaxing than the Head, but few will carve better.

That's why I like Heads-- I don't want to have to keep careful control. Just beyond my ability to control is where I like to be.
And the ELAN SL will carve better then the supershape?
post #9 of 9
Both are great carvers. They each have a unique feel. The Heads seem to initiate the turn more readily than the Elans without any loss of edgegrip in the turn.
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