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Ski Review: Elan Amphibio

Amphibio technology and the series of alpine skis from Elan designed based on it do not need any introduction for those who know at least something about alpine skiing. The skis of that series can be liked or disliked, but one should know them. And, as you know, it’s not important whether the company has good or bad skis in the industry. No one is in a hurry to figure it out anyway, but the skis must be new because people are usually in a hurry to buy new models. And what if the old skis are good? You can "refresh" them a little bit without affecting the model. How? Just like Elan does it in the new season.

So, the Amphibio series previously consisted of two parts: carving skis with models named by the turning radius and allround skis named by the width of the waist. The carving skis were successful, and the allround skis were an inept application to the successful ones. Everything suited everyone: in contrast with bad allround models, the carving models seemed much better than they already were. But, over time, this situation got too old not to be changed. The refreshment of Amphibio (and not just Amphibio) series has been rather drastic but much needed. Firstly, the bad allround models were reworked and became the Wingman series. Secondly, since the Amphibio series had become very small after allround models have been detached, a new model was added to the series. And the technology itself was slightly updated.

The technology received a minor change of the amplifier on the tip. If earlier it was rounded, now it is angular. What and how it will change in skiing is completely incomprehensible. It is also incomprehensible how millimetres of an amplifier can affect skiing in general? But, traditionally, the manufacturer says that this change has solved all existing problems and will bring skiing to a whole new level. There were no major problems in the Amphibio series. Manufacturers like Elan didn't speak differently about their new technologies. But it is not difficult to check if it is true on the tests, which we will do as soon as possible.

As for the new model, everything is not entirely new. There was a good ski 16Ti2, additional titanal was added to it, as a result of this, it became more rigid and faster. Which is logical, because a stiffer ski bends less and gives a greater radius. One thing is not clear: why is the new 18Ti2 model needed in the series? Frankly speaking, the entire series was quite complete and balanced: a good ski for a short turn 14Ti and a good ski for an average and fast turn 16 Ti2. These two models could, in principle, cover the entire amateur line of any store. A faster ski is also not needed because Elan has a GSX model that is ready to give sports enthusiasm to those 16Ti2 users who got bored of it. It turns out that the new model is not only not entirely new, but also not entirely necessary. It doesn’t give anything other than an additional unit in the catalogue, and the relation to real skiing is questionable. There is no problem that it should and could solve.

Well, at the tests we will look at how the new ski performs. It is clear that the new model is a complete win-win: if it performs well on tests - plus one good model. If it performs badly - Elan can always remove it from the series, and no one will notice anything. And Elan already has an info-reason to talk about new products and every respected ski website or magazine will tell about and show and test the new ski. After all, there is no such thing as ill fame.