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Reviews: Elan 999 alu

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 Anyone have any experience skiing the 09-10 Elan Trip 9's. I'm a huge Elan fan and already have the Mag 14's and the SLX.  I have heard mixed things about the ski but am hoping that they are a great all use ski.  Any reviews would be greatly appreciated.  
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 The 888 Alu is one of my favorite skis. I have owned two generations of the 999 and I have skied the 999 Alu also. Oh, yeah...niiiice ski. 
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Phil-

Question for you..I am still riding on 2005 Elan M666's. Love the ski, but given I ski in Northern Vt and ski bumps/trees all day, my knees are finally starting to kill me from the shock.

That said, I am looking for something a bit lighter and livelier without ending up on boards that are useless on groomers..

I was thinkng 888's or 999's, but I am open to suggestions.

-Peter
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Current 888s or 999s are definitely not "lighter and livelier" than the old M666.  I'm not even sure if Elan makes a light-n-lively ski [although I haven't ridden any of their park skis lately].

However, I'm not so sure the skis on your feet are directly responsible for your knees.  More than likely this is more of a skiing skill/technique issue.  I have bad knees too and ride Elans extensively.

Anyhow, I recommend you expand your search beyond Elan if you're intent on finding lighter and livelier skis.  
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  I'm not even sure if Elan makes a light-n-lively ski [although I haven't ridden any of their park skis lately].


I'd be interested in your impression of the current and past Pogo Sticks.
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I've never ridden the Pogo sticks so I can't comment.  All I do know is that their construction is very different from most everything I have ridden and own from Elan.
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For those that have used the 888 ALU as well as the 999 ALU, is the 999 pretty much the same ski but just a little wider?  If this is the case, I wonder why it has not received more praise?  Based on the feedback on the 888 and 1010, you'd think the 999 would be a hot ski give the growing popularity of skis that are 94-100mm underfoot?

I loved the 888, but the pair Dawg sold me started to delam at the tips after only 6-8 days!  The whole ALU topsheet is peeling right off for no apparent reason. 
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Originally Posted by monologuist View Post

For those that have used the 888 ALU as well as the 999 ALU, is the 999 pretty much the same ski but just a little wider?  If this is the case, I wonder why it has not received more praise?  Based on the feedback on the 888 and 1010, you'd think the 999 would be a hot ski give the growing popularity of skis that are 94-100mm underfoot?

I loved the 888, but the pair Dawg sold me started to delam at the tips after only 6-8 days!  The whole ALU topsheet is peeling right off for no apparent reason. 
That sucks!  At least you will get a free pair out of it, though.

The 999 is based on the 1010; same layup and construction, different sidecut and width (obviously). It is a great ski; it skis just like the 1010, only narrower.  Soft tip, not too much sidecut: a real powerful crudbuster and superb wide bump ski.  A bit more versatile for daily use, as the 1010 is too wide for a 1-ski quiver, but the 999 fits the bill very nicely if you are looking for a primarily off-piste ski that is still somewhat responsive.

The 888 is more of a power crudbuster, and is a bit stiffer. They all share the same feel, but the 999 is smoother, de-cambers more, and has a bit more snap. The 888 feels more like a GS mold.  Big tip means you should ski it a little longer than you might otherwise (177cm 888=180cm 999)

I am making the 999 my AT ski, in a 180cm length.
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That does suck (the delam).  My 888s have many days on them and they're just fine.  I would agree with dawg's description of the differences (although I've never ridden the 1010 yet) although I certainly don't consider the 888 a very stiff ski.
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How does one go about getting a replacement from Elan?

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That sucks!  At least you will get a free pair out of it, though.

The 999 is based on the 1010; same layup and construction, different sidecut and width (obviously). It is a great ski; it skis just like the 1010, only narrower.  Soft tip, not too much sidecut: a real powerful crudbuster and superb wide bump ski.  A bit more versatile for daily use, as the 1010 is too wide for a 1-ski quiver, but the 999 fits the bill very nicely if you are looking for a primarily off-piste ski that is still somewhat responsive.

The 888 is more of a power crudbuster, and is a bit stiffer. They all share the same feel, but the 999 is smoother, de-cambers more, and has a bit more snap. The 888 feels more like a GS mold.  Big tip means you should ski it a little longer than you might otherwise (177cm 888=180cm 999)

I am making the 999 my AT ski, in a 180cm length.
 
post #11 of 11
Several weeks ago I was in Breckenridge and had planned on demoing the 888 and 999 but had no luck in finding either.  I ended up demoing a 165 Mythic Rider.  It was my first experience on any ski in the "freeride" category, and I must say I was very impressed.  I skied the Windows a bunch and have to admit I had a much better time than if I were on my Stockli SC's or Stormrider XLs.  I was wondering if anyone here could compare the 888 and the Mythic for me to help formulate my future demo plans.  In another thread someone mentioned the 999 as a very good choice for soft snow in eastern trees and thus my interest.  Thanks.
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