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Waist Width: 76
The Explore 6 has nearly identical dimensions to the Explore 8 and Explore 10 Ti, with a 125 mm tip, 76 mm waist, and 104 mm tail. It also shares a lot of technology with these two models. Waveflex technology, in which the top of the ski from the core up has a series of structural waves, is designed to make the ski stiff laterally yet still supple-flexing longitudinally. (Think corrugated cardboard: easy to bend in one direction, rigid in the other). Dual Woodcore integrates a wooden stringer (strip of wood) above each edge, designed for stability and edge grip. Parabolic Rocker lifts the tip and tail slightly up and off the ground, designed to maneuver through powder and other various conditions with a shaped sidecut for normal carving turns. With the tip and tail rockered, less edge is making contact with the snow, designed for responsiveness and minimized turning effort. Different from the Explore 8 and Explore 10 Ti, however, is the Explore 6's Full Power Cap construction, which is lightweight and designed to make turn initiation and execution easier, especially for intermediate and beginner skiers. For those looking to color coordinate, this ski comes in orange and green options. The Explore series focuses on all mountain skis intended to rip on any terrain. Each ski is relatively similar in terms of dimensions, ranging from just 70 - 76 mm, but they also each have a variety of technology that sets them apart from one another. If you like to ski a little bit of everything but tend to stick to groomers and hardpack for the most part, this is one of Elan's best series to offer you. Elan, based in Begunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, was founded in 1945. Its U.S. headquarters are in West Lebanon, N.H.