Elan Pinball (2014)

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Price: $400.00
Year: 2014
Level: 1
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 110
Tip/Tail/Waist: 115-83-110
Lengths: 155, 165, 175

The Pinball is an entry-level park ski built for value. (Many shops will sell it for about $300.) It's optimized for switch riding with tip-and-tail Jib Rocker and near-symmetrical sidecut on its 83- to 85-mm waist (width varies by length for consistency of performance). No-frills cap construction keeps the price down. The men's Freestyle collection comprises seven models of mostly park-oriented twin-tips. All are built on full wood cores for responsiveness and durability (except the value-priced Pinball, which has wood stringers surrounded by lightweight foam). The Boomerang offers a powder-ready waist width for backside jibbing; the others range from 80 to 85 mm in width and are more traditionally park-oriented. All models have either symmetrical or near-symmetrical sidecuts for optimized switch-riding performance. Three key models (Boomerang, Puzzle and Slingshot TBT) feature Elan's unique Triple Base Technology, in which the outside edges are raised off the snow at the tip and tail, while the center portion of the base stays flat. This is designed to make them easier to pivot without risk of catching an edge.