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Elan Magfire 78ti 176cm video review

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Skier: 5 foot 9, 155lbs.  ski 30+ days per year.  Conditions; up to 6" of new, fairly light crud, mostly moderate pitches, a few bumps. 

Ski: 2010 Elan Magfire 78ti, 176cm.  78mm underfoot, dimensions 123/78/105, radius 17.2m 

Review: this ski is a very nice mid-width, do everything ride that is quite high performance for the level of forgiveness.  It has a soft flex, only 1 layer of metal, and feels a bit more snappy with a smaller turn radius than it is listed.  Feels much more like a 15m ski than a 17m one.  The energy is solid, quite a bit of snap in the tail, moderately stable in cruddy snow.  On the steeper pitch, with 6" of new (fairly heavy snow) the ski was totally solid, although doesn't have the heft of the 82xti, or quite the stability and move-the-snow power.  The 78ti is a also a great ski to work on improving one's skills: it provides lots of feedback, instant edge engagement, power when pressured correctly, and also teaches energy management, due to it's fairly lively nature.  I have skied this on hard snow and it holds as well as any ski of this stiffness I have tried.  The Elan Magfire skis quite damp, and follows the terrain well.  You can see how it absorbs the terrain; I can just relax at the end of the turn and allow the ski to do it's thing, without having to fight it.  Above average in the bumps (these bumps were very soft, but oddly sized and hard to ski).   Forgiveness is very high for a ski of this performance. Suitability is for an improving intermediate to a lower-level expert. Probably not the best ski for the super hard charger, but a great choice for others looking for a super solid ski for most turn shapes, most speeds, bumps, crud, and just a mix of conditions. 

Overall, this ski is a real winner for a wide range of skiers, looking for that narrower, one ski quiver, or a narrower end of a 2-ski quiver.  It is classic Elan: smooth, fairly damp, with an energetic tail and great edgehold.

post #2 of 6
 Good review and I completely agree! Thanks to Dawg I am now skiing on this ski(same length) and after one day I am hooked. They make everything super easy and fun! Great stability and edge hold. They ski light and are energetic underfoot.

A great all-rounder and as far as I can tell, the waveflex does work! Easy turn initiation and great torsional rigidity which allows you to put tremendous pressure on the edges while carving GS turns. Great fun!
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Good Video, Dawg.

It's a great ski for a lot of folks (especially out here in the east!). One of the best Jack of all resort skiing trades. 

I always appreciate that you give these sort of skis a good showcase--too many folks get steered to bigger, fancier skis than they should.

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compare to others in range, like head 78, fischer 78, nordica, etc.?
thanks, great info as always.
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Just demo'd this ski at Smugglers Notch, Vermont.  As a Level 7/8 skier, I may not have the same perspective as the experts and pros on the site, but I did take it around the whole mountain on groomers, in bumps and in several glades.  This is a surprisingly versatile ski with a nice performance envelope, but it is not at all difficult to ski.  Felt comfortable on it right away and the ski seemed to like skiing the bumps or bumped-up glades.  It was not as comfortable on the hardest, scraped-off icy spots as a true frontside hardpack-oriented ski, but the versatility trade-off is well worth it.  Just my $.02 ...
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Hobbes, your review is right on the money. What surprises me is that I am 6' 1" and about 180 and am pretty happy with the 176. I usually ski longer skis, but have almost 20 days on them and haven't wanted to pull out any of my other skis. They were great in powder at Steamboat, good on the groomers at Keystone, and I could take them through cut up snow at Loveland at whatever speed I wanted.  They also did fine on chalky, steep slopes at Loveland which transitioned into windblow where I usually want a fatter ski! They ski very nicely at slower speeds when I am in the mood or skiing somewhere where I have to look for obstacles, yet I can go pretty damn fast on the groomers.

I am curious about how the 182 skis, but haven't found any longer ones to demo. Just as well...

I am amazed at the versatility. LewBob
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