Elan Inspire (2017) - Ski Mag

Elan Inspire (2017)


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Price: $900.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 78
Tip/Tail/Waist: 125-78-107
Lengths: 152, 158, 166

The 2017 Elan Inspire is the least expensive ski in the four-model group of frontside carvers in the women's all-mountain collection. It's the same construction as the slightly wider Interra, but it comes with a lighter-weight, less expensive 10-DIN binding (rather than the 11-DIN binding on the Interra, which costs $50 more). It's part of the Power group in Elan's women's all-mountain collection-four models (Speed Magic, Insomnia, Inspire, and Interra) with narrow waists (67-84 mm), designed for high-performance groomed-snow carving. New this year, all but the super-narrow Speed Magic feature Elan's unique Amphibio 4D technology. 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 4D version also features Dual Shaped Ti, 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. All four Power models have full-height, vertical sidewalls (the strongest kind). All have metal reinforcement (for edge-power and high-speed calm). All have deep, slalomesque sidecuts that favor an energetic, quick-turn attack. Cores vary from all wood (for responsiveness and durability) to foam with wood stringers (for some of the benefits of wood with lighter weight and softer flex). All are sold with bindings 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.