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Elan M888 (2008)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $975.00
Year: 2008
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128/88/108
Lengths: 159, 168, 177, 186

Stability at speed: 3.30 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.88 / 5
Crud performance: 2.86 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.70 / 5

Hidden under the tape that covers test skis was one of the 888’s coolest features, an indestructible aluminum topsheet. Appropriate, since the all-mountain model in the M Pro series, like its cousins, is bombproof top to bottom. It’s the most forgiving in a trio of mountain-crushers that prize strength over finesse or forgiveness. With a tail 20 mm narrower than its tip, it’ll never overfinish a turn. That’s nice in tight spots or for powder-GSing. “A lot of ski, and it likes to be worked,” said Sabanosh.

Best For

Crushing 24/7. It’s a lot of ski.

Not For

Round arcs on groomers.