Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 76
Lengths: 140, 146, 152, 158, 166
The 2017 Elan Delight Style is the least expensive model in the Delight collection, selling for a "street price" of around $550 in most shops. It's targeted at intermediate women who stick to groomed snow and sensible speeds, with a super-light, soft-flexing cap construction (rather than vertical sidewalls, which are grippier and more demanding). Like the Delight Prime, it's built on a TruLite core-Elan's lightest all-wood core-and comes with a light, economical 9-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.