Elan Spectrum 105 ALU (2016)


Rating: 2.44 / 5
Price: $950.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 115
Tip/Tail/Waist: 145-115-130
Lengths: 185,193

Stability at speed: 1.88 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.20 / 5
Crud performance: 2.26 / 5
Flotation: 3.66 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.52 / 5
Overall: 2.44 / 5

The Spectrum 105 ALU is the tied as the second-widest ski in the Spectrum series with the Spectrum 105 Carbon (identical ski that's lighter, mainly for touring purposes). It has a 142 mm tip, 105 mm waist, and 120 mm tail, and is intended to ski all over the mountain, but its main intention is powder. ALUblade shapes the inner edge more dramatically (this ski has left and right-designated skis, see below for details) for easier turn initiation and execution while letting the outer edge ride out with its less aggressive shape. SST Sidewalls feature ABS plastics designed for durability and edge control. Laminated Woodcore combines various types of wood, designed for a smooth flex pattern that's durable and responsive. For something similar but wider, check out the Spectrum 115 ALU. For something nearly identical but lighter, check out the Spectrum 105 Carbon. And for something similar but skinnier, check about the Spectrum ALU 95 and Spectrum 85. The Spectrum Series focuses on big mountain skis intended to tear up powder, cliffs, chutes, and all sorts of other terrain beyond the groomers. The series has a wide range of options, with waists ranging from 85 - 115 mm. Shared between these different models, however, is Amphibio technology. This optimizes skis to be right- and left-foot specific, designed so that they'll always be edgier on the outside/downhill ski, where power and solidity is most needed, looser and easier to feather on the inside ski, for easy line adjustment. The inside edge of each ski is fully cambered, for maximum effective edge length when it's the outside ski in a turn. The outside edge is tip-rockered, so it's more buoyant and easier to pivot, with a shorter effective edge, when it's the inside ski. Elan, based in Begunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, was founded in 1945. Its U.S. headquarters are in West Lebanon, N.H.