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Rating: 2.65 / 5
Waist Width: 78
Lengths: 146, 152, 158, 164
Stability at speed: 2.86 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.99 / 5
Crud performance: 1.99 / 5
Flotation: 1.63 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.76 / 5
Overall: 2.65 / 5
A shade narrower than the top-of-the-line model, the 2017 Elan Delight Prime is also a bit more forgiving. It gets a full wood core, but one made of only the lightest woods, and there’s no carbon-tube reinforcement as in the stiffer Delight Supreme. The Prime’s sidewalls are a shade less edgy (with partial rather than full sidewalls). And it comes with a slightly lighter and less-expensive 10-DIN binding.
Elan’s Supreme series includes three skis with waist widths of 76 to 78 mm, all built to be as light as possible without great sacrifice of performance. Constructions vary from model to model, but all have deep-dish sidecuts (roughly 10 to 14 meters, depending on size) that hook up readily into tight slalom-style arcs. All are sold only as systems, with bindings mounted on Elan’s Shift System binding interface-a thin, free-flexing, lightweight plate-on-plate system dampened by rubber.
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.