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All Mountain Frontside Skis 2017: Elan Amphibio 84 TI

75 percent on-trail / 25 percent off-trail


Is your home hill vertically challenged? Do you like to knock off a thousand short swing turns a day? The quick and nimble 84 TI might be the call. The 170cm version sports an almost slalomlike 15.8-meter turn radius. That, paired with Elan’s unique Amphibio construction, which places rocker on the outside edges at the shovel and camber on the inside edges, allows you to simultaneously turn your brain off and turn your brains out. The rocker makes it damn near impossible to hook an outside edge, and the full camber inside hooks up with confidence. We preferred it on fall line groomers most of the time, but it’s nimble enough off-trail too. “Lightning fast edge-to-edge, but velvety smooth,” said a tester.

Swami gripe: It’s not an asymmetrical silhouette, but it is an asymmetrical build—avoid rocks on the inside edge.

Swami like: Race ski precision for the masses.

Overall: 4.4 Turn Shape Variability: 4.4 Carving: 4.5 Dimensions: 131/84/112

Elan Amphibio 84 TI


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