If you’ve got some skiing experience under your belt, and looking to finally replace your rental skis, the Elan Amphibio are some of the best skis available for intermediate to expert level skiers. These skis provide the performance and power needed for speed and turning, but at the same time keeping the skier in control. If you want to switch to snowboarding, become a better snowboarder XON Snow-1 bindings.
Why We Like It – Elan Amphibio
The Elan Amphibio 84 Ti Skis use proprietary technology to provide flexibility, performance, and a smooth ride, all the while making the skier feel in control. If you’re also looking for a high quality pair of boots, you should also read our review of Nike’sLunarENDOR QS snowboarding boots.
The buzz behind Elan’s Amphibio 4D Technology is definitely warranted and where much of its performance relies on. By having a convex tip shape and tail shape, your skis have a much easier time gripping the snow, consistenting getting edge contact with the tip. That kind of edge grip makes turning on the Elan Amphibio 84 Ti Skis near-effortless—regardless if it’s short turns or long turns, unlike the Rossignol Experience 88. To top it off, this technology manages to smooth your ride by 30%.
The Elan Amphibio 84 Ti Skis have a much lighter profile than other skis in its bracket. It’s thinner, reducing its overall weight by 10%, but still keeping it strong where you need it most. You could be going as fast as you can, but the ski’s power wood core and dual shaped Ti provide plenty of dampness to keep your ride as stable as can be. The design sends the energy into the edges of the ski, providing far better edge hold control and keeping the skis responding to you. Its waist width is 84mm, just a little wider than the Salomon X-Drive 8.3, but much thinner than the K2 Pinnacle 95.
A lot of the value behind the Elan Amphibio 84 Ti comes from its 4D Technology. If you aren’t a seasoned skier, that kind of value is lost on you until you’ve grown accustomed to the sport. In other words, for a beginner: these aren’t the right skis for you.
With that said, given the performance, build quality, and the design, we can easily prop these skis up as having superb value. For $460, you’re getting an excellent pair of all mountain skis.
Elan Amphibio Wrap Up
The Elan Amphibio 84 Ti Skis all are all about control in the most necessary moments. With their lightweight frame, flexible body, and performance, you’ll be ripping through the snow with ease. It owes its performance to Elan’s proprietary 4D Technology. Just remember: these are more for intermediate to expert skiers.
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