Elan Amphibio 76 (2017)


Rating: / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 76
Tip/Tail/Waist: 125-76-105
Lengths: 152, 160, 168, 176

The Amphibio 76 is the narrowest and least-expensive model in Elan's Amphibio series of all-mountain skis. It's an economical metal-free construction designed to be light, soft flexing, and easy to manage, with lower, less-powerful sidewalls. Returning unchanged for 2017, it lacks the distinctive Dual Shaped performance-specific profile shaping of the other Amphibios. Offered only as a system, it comes with an 11-DIN binding, and will sell for about $600 in many shops. Elan's All-Mountain Amphibio line includes six resort all-mountain skis ranging in width from a versatile 88 mm down to a carvy 73 mm, built for everyday skiing in anything shy of deep powder. (For something wider and more freeride, see Elan's new Ripstick line, with waist widths of 96, 106 and 116 mm.) All Amphibios (except the value-priced Amphibio 76) are metal-reinforced, wood-core constructions with edgy vertical sidewalls, designed for high-performance carving on groomed snow with just enough width for occasional fresh-snow encounters. (The 76 is metal-free.) Amphibio skis are right/left dedicated, with different rocker/camber profiles in the forebody. The inside edges are cambered all the way to the tip, so the working ski has the benefits of camber: tip-to-tail edge grip, and rebound energy out of the turn. The outside edges are rockered, so the uphill edge is looser in the snow, easier to pivot and steer, better able to absorb terrain shocks. The newer Amphibio 4D design also features Dual Shaped XTi, the performance-specific shaping of the profile of the ski fore and aft. In front, the top of the ski is convex, and the strength of its arch shape delivers strong pressure to the edge for precise turn entries. At the tail, the top of the ski is concave, delivering less edge pressure for mellow turn exits. The high-end models-Amphibio 88 XTi (88-mm waist), Amphibio 16 Ti, and Amphibio 14 Ti (both 73 mm)-are built on Elan's Response Frame Woodcore, which blends hard and soft woods, the dense stuff down the sides, for durability and edge power, the airier stuff in the middle, for lightness. The rest get Elan's Power Woodcore-a lightweight foam core reinforced with a frame of full-length wood stringers. The narrower Ti models (16, 14, and 84), have two sheets of metal, for maxium edge power and high-speed stability. In the wider XTi models one sheet is replaced with carbon-fiber reinforcement, to keep things light and responsive. All Amphibios except the 76 have RST vertical sidewalls, Elan's strongest, for maximum edge grip. Except for the system-only Amphibio 76, all are sold either flat or as a system, with an Elan-branded binding built by Tyrolia. Elan is based in Behunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, where it was founded during World War II to make skis for Yugoslav partisans. Partner brands include Alpina boots. Long state-run, it was privatized in 2015, when a Russian venture capital fund acquired a 95 percent stake. -J.C.