Originally Posted by Frederik
Dawg wrote a great review on the Elan's over in the review forum. There should be one of the current XTi (which is a bit in between last year's XTi and Ti in stiffness) and also one of last year's Ti a bit deeper in the forum.
Sad to see how unpopular the brand is across the ocean though. There's only one thing Elan is bad at these days: marketing.
The 82ti is out of production: the Xti replaces it this year. Great ski! The 82Xti is as good as anything on the market; most all of the brands have great skis; different flavors, but pretty much all ski well. One or the other may be more suited to your skiing style and weight. The 82ti is also great, a touch softer and heaver than the current Xti. Last year's Xti was a beast and for bigger skiers only, they have made the ski more accesable now. Between the Monster/Peak 82 (same skis) and the 82Xti; the Elan definitely has more pop and life to it. The Head is quite damp, stable and smooth, but lacking energy. It feels a bit more like a muscle car, the Elan a bit sportier, but not too flighty.
Elan is made in Slovenia! China is K2. Elan probably makes more skis than any other company, as they do a ton of contract manufacturing for other big-name brands. True, their marketing really leaves something to be desired, but they make great skis, if you can find them. I would be skiing an 82Xti this year if they hadn't sold out early, and I wouldn't trade my 1010 for any ski out there. They usually get the "great ski that nobody is talking about" award, unless you read Ski Press or Realskiers, where they are almost uniformly praised every year.