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Ski Test: Elan GSX

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Being well acquainted with these skis, going onto a hard frosty track with morning velveteen, I honestly admit, I did not expect anything heroic from them, realizing that everything I like about them: longitudinal softness, comfort and variability in the rhythm of rotation - in such conditions should work against them. And what happened in the end? Let's get it right.

Despite the fact that these skis were never perfect in the ski for which they were created: rail carving with high-speed arches in the style of a giant slalom - I always put them in the first place of my rating. Moreover, this is without exaggeration, my favorite skis in the category of medium and fast turn. And I like them because with obvious sins in a cut arc, they allow you to ride in a very wide range of turning radius and perfectly combine cut driving with a sliding turn, which is very very important when driving on public highways because nobody has traffic and a broken track canceled and it is not always possible to wet without looking at the maximum speed. They are very comfortable on a soft, broken track, and even with sudden changes in speed in a rolling turn, they don’t beat or exhaust legs leaving them with the strength to ride for a long time and, at the same time, stable at speed and dynamic in a short turn. But, I definitely understand that all these charms are a combination of a very average torsion bar efficiency with low longitudinal stiffness, that on soft snow all this works fine, but on hard snow it is very, very bad because skis lack tenacity, and when crushed noses for killing there are inevitable breakdowns from the trajectory. However, going to the test hard track with morning velvet, to my great surprise, the skies from the second turn gave me complete confidence in excellent skiing.

I did not reveal any problems with lack of grip and tenacity in skis. Yes, with noses I had to be more careful than in soft snow, but when moving to the middle of the grip, more than enough. At the same time, the noses also have enough tenacity to stay in the radius that you give them. There are no treacherous disruptions and exits from the trajectory. The middle goes like on rails and on it you can also play with a load to change the rhythm of riding. When transferring the load along the length of the ski there are no troubles - the skis go clearly along the radius. No, this is not the rail ski that I set on the edging and went like a tram, this is a ski with a fairly good cut arc that changes depending on the load of the skis. But, one must understand that such an arc requires care in working with the loading of the ski, and if they are inaccurate in working with the ski, they fly off it as easily as they entered it. But, with the proper level of skating, they go along the arc smoothly and stably and keeping them in it does not present any problem.

Everything is fine in the sliding corner: it’s comfortable, and at the same time, the control is more than enough to let the skis go into acceleration, and when loading the backs there is no jamming, and the recoil, although not heroic, but very confident and noticeable.

The transition from cut to lead is very comfortable and enjoyable. You can fall into turns with slippage at the beginning of the arc and at the end. And the toe and back work nicely, comfortably and smoothly without breakdowns and bumps in the legs. It is especially good and comfortable to glide in a sliding turn on the noses - the glide is soft and even, but release the skis a bit longitudinally and they will already be slaughtered and go to cut.

Short turn
Long turn
Peak stability at a turn 6 / 15 m.
Dynamic turn radius 7 / 14 m.
Turn radius range 13 - 21 м.
Best piste 5 - 8
Testing condition
Red piste. Hard morning snow and corduroy. Good visibility. One ride test.
Boots: Tecnica Zero G (2017-18) - 110 flex.

Excellent skis for those who know how to ride and prefer a variety of rhythm trails, without paying much attention to any of the skiing styles that actively alternate between classics, cut-skiing, and the sliding turn of skiers. In this case, skis will be very pleased with their versatility in turning radius, a combination of dynamism and comfort and soft control of speed and trajectory when skiing on a closed terrain and on busy tracks. For beginners, skis may seem fast. For lovers of classics, skis will definitely be soft and not tenacious.