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Elan Magfire 78

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Thread Starter 
Has anyone tried this ski.  Specs look good for advanced skiier that is on the lightside(5 7" 140lb).  Looking for that all mountain ski that has good edge grip but a little less stiff for lighter guy in the northeast.  I have demoed the blackeye ti and ac 30 this year. Great on fast groomed runs but to stiff for someone at my size. 
post #2 of 16
Do you mean the 78 or 78 Ti?
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
78( not the ti)
post #4 of 16
I'm on a mag 74 and I think they are a very good ski. To me they are plenty stiff and I would not want metal in them. I'm 6' 205lbs and they are gripping on everything that's groomed out and firm. I skied them all day at K-ton yesterday conditions were good but firm and they worked perfect. I still have to get used to the stiffness of them in bumps, but in the ice bumps I found yesterday they were pretty good an definitely held a good edge.
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I am very interested to learn about the Magfire 78Ti. Correct me if I am wrong, but a layer of metal in a ski adds an energetic "feel" to it once up to speed doesn't it?

I am a level 8 skier, 5'8" and 155lbs. Anyone with experience on this ski willing to shed some light on it? As far as I can see, these skis are hard to come by in a local shop hence, hard to get information on other than what can be found online which is a bit subjective and driven by marketing.

From what I have heard, they are damp yet energetic, stable, and fast. Thanks
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Your description pretty much sums it up. I had a pair last season. Skis lighter than a ski like the Head IM78. Very responsive, easy to ski. I would opt for the Ti over the regular 78, which is more of a lower intermediate ski. The 78 ti is easy enough to ski that almost anyone over beginner status can handle, yet the performance level will keep anyone up to a low level expert happy. Highly recommended.
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Thanks for the reply. Interesting that you compare it to the Head IM 78 because that is exactly what I am skiing on now. Have you found a speed limit on this ski?
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I am also very interested in the magfire 78 (no ti) orange. The guy in the shop said it was good for me as I weigh only 63kg and am 174cm. I mostly ski off-piste and moguls. I would go for the 160cm.

 

I was prepared to go for the 78 ti version, but am a bit surprised... I was willing to spend more on something like the salomon enduro / atomic blackeye / ...

 

can anyone confirm this advice?

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I skied magifire 78 (my learning skis)  for about 20 days in my first 2 years. They are not good off-piste for me, too soft. My skill level probably is at intermediate at best so the problem could be my technique, not the skis.
 

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Originally Posted by staaf View Post

I am also very interested in the magfire 78 (no ti) orange. The guy in the shop said it was good for me as I weigh only 63kg and am 174cm. I mostly ski off-piste and moguls. I would go for the 160cm.

 

I was prepared to go for the 78 ti version, but am a bit surprised... I was willing to spend more on something like the salomon enduro / atomic blackeye / ...

 

can anyone confirm this advice?



 

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Originally Posted by Skier-X85 View Post

I am very interested to learn about the Magfire 78Ti. Correct me if I am wrong, but a layer of metal in a ski adds an energetic "feel" to it once up to speed doesn't it?

I am a level 8 skier, 5'8" and 155lbs. Anyone with experience on this ski willing to shed some light on it? As far as I can see, these skis are hard to come by in a local shop hence, hard to get information on other than what can be found online which is a bit subjective and driven by marketing.

From what I have heard, they are damp yet energetic, stable, and fast. Thanks



IMO you should keep the Dynastar Contact Cross on your list- livelier and more direct edge feel.

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I am not trying to steer you away from the Elan,just putting in an opinion of another ski that would probably fall in what you might be looking for. I just picked up a Blizzard Magnum 7.6 and love them. Replaced the Volkl Tigersharks and do not regret it at all. Very versatile,lively and great edge grip. Pretty nice in the bumps because not too stiff, but tortionally rigid. Skiid them today in spring slush and they were not too bad in this either.Biggest thing are they are nice and light also,ski all day and legs still feel like they could go for a couple more hours.  I will post a full review when I put a few more days on them. I am 5'7 and 156 and fairly aggressive for what its worth. P.S.  Got set up from Philpug and the gang at Starthaus.  Also, got them in a 163,worth a look.  Dave

post #12 of 16
What comprex said. Surprisingly well rounded for lighter guys. Really shines in bumps and light pow but still has grip.
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Originally Posted by hellside View Post

I skied magifire 78 (my learning skis)  for about 20 days in my first 2 years. They are not good off-piste for me, too soft. My skill level probably is at intermediate at best so the problem could be my technique, not the skis.
 



 

The 78 is really soft, nothing like the 78ti.  The 78ti is a great all-around ski for a high-performance skier who isn't absolutely flying all day, or needs something that excels in bumps. It compares well to the old Peak 78 from Head (not the current model).  We have them as a mainstay in our demo fleet, and they always get good reviews.

 


 

 

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maybe it's a weird change of mind, but I think I'll opt for the Elan SL...

 

short radius, light, good for short turns and moguls.

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maybe it's a weird change of mind, but I think I'll opt for the Elan SL...

 

short radius, light, good for short turns and moguls.


Is this the SLX? (66 waist)

 

I'm a fan of Elan skis from demo day experiences this year. Did the Waveflex 12 which was a fun, lively, short radius carving ski that I just connected with as I like those  turns. The 78Ti was another ski that impressed for use as an eastern front side carver.

 

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