Elan Morpheo 6 Green QT (2014)

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Price: $500.00
Year: 2014
Level: 1
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 103
Tip/Tail/Waist: 124-76-103
Lengths: 152, 160, 168, 176

The Morpheo 6 shares the same dimensions as the 8, but sells for $100 less (about $400 in most shops). Instead of the edgier PST partial-sidewall construction used on the 8, it's a more forgiving and less expensive Full Power Cap construction. The Morpheo series of women's narrow-waisted frontside cruisers includes four models, three with 76-mm waists and a value version with a 70-mm waist. All are sold with 10-DIN Elan bindings. All are built with just a touch of easy-pivoting tip rocker. All but one (the value-version Morpheo 4) feature Elan's Waveflex technology, in which the top of the ski from the core up has a series of structural waves designed to make the ski stiff laterally yet still supple-flexing longitudinally. (Think corrugated carbord: easy to bend in one direction, rigid in the other). The higher-end models (10Ti, 8, and 6) are built using Elan's Dualite Woodcore construction: five wood stringers - thicker ones near the edges, three thinner ones down the middle - surrounded by lightweight foam, to yield the benefits of wood (durability, integrity, responsiveness) at a weight appropriate to women. The value-oriented Morpheo 4 gets a still-lighter core with a single wood stringer down the middle, and it's a simple cap construction, lacking Elan's Waveflex structure. Sidewall constructions vary as well, with moderately edgy partial sidewalls on the 10 Ti and 8 giving away to softer, less-aggressive cap constructions in the 6 and 4.