You are here

Ski Review: Elan Amphibio

Amphibio technology and the series of alpine skis from Alan built on it absolutely definitely do not need an idea for, at least a little, knowledgeable lovers of alpine skiing. The skis of that series can be loved or disliked, but one should not know them. And, as you know, it’s not important whether the company has good or bad skis in the ski industry - no one is in a hurry to figure it out anyway, but it’s important that the skis are new because they only buy new skis. And what if the old skis are good? You can refresh a little bit without affecting the "working" model. How? But as it does in the new season, Elan.

So, the Amphibio series previously consisted of two parts: a carve-skis with models called along the turning radius and universal skis with names according to the width of the waist. The carves were successful, the wagons were a wry application to the successful ones. Everything suited everyone: against the background of unsuccessful generalists, carving seemed even better. As in the story with a terrible girlfriend. But, over time, this situation got used and the time has come to change and refresh something, and now in the new season the series of Amphibio, and not only it, in the lineup of Elan, have comprehended the changes. First, the Universals reworked and they now became the Wingman. Secondly, since the Amphibio series had become very small after the spalling of the station wagons, a new model was added to the series - Amphibio 18Ti2 and the technology itself was slightly updated.

The technology received a minor change in the shape 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. How incomprehensible is how millimetres in the form 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. Here, the truth is, I, somehow, absolutely, I don’t remember what such problems recently were in carts-skis Amphibio, and I don’t remember that manufacturers somehow spoke differently about their new technologies. But, it is not difficult to check on the tests, which we will definitely do as soon as possible.

As for the new model, everything is also not entirely new. There was a good ski 16Ti2, an additional titanal was added to it, as a result of which it became more rigid and faster. Which is logical, because a stiffer ski sags less and gives a greater radius to the skiing. In theory, with skiing everything is clear. One thing is not clear: why is she needed in the series and what new can she give her? In my opinion, the entire series was quite complete and balanced: a good ski for a short turn of 14Ti and a good ski for an average and fast turn of 16 Ti2. These two models could, in principle, close 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 who may seem rather weak. 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 mediocre. There is no problem that she should and could solve with her appearance.

Well, with what and how about skiing with a new ski, we look at the tests. While it is clear that the novelty is completely win-win: it will show itself well on tests - plus one good model, bad - you can always remove it from the line and no one will notice anything. And Elan already has an info-reason to talk about new products and every website or magazine that you respect yourself will definitely tell and show and test a new ski. And, as they say: bad glory does not happen.