Elan Spectrum 105 Carbon ALU (2016) - Ski Mag

Elan Spectrum 105 Carbon ALU (2016)

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Rating: 2.75 / 5
Price: $850.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 105
Tip/Tail/Waist: 142-105-120
Lengths: 173,180,187

Stability at speed: 2.29 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.11 / 5
Crud performance: 2.86 / 5
Flotation: 3.61 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.71 / 5
Overall: 2.75 / 5

The Spectrum 105 Carbon is the lighter, carbon-based version of the Spectrum 105 ALU. It's mainly intended for touring, but is also works for someone simply looking for a lightweight ski. SST Sidewalls feature ABS plastics designed for durability and edge control. TubeLite construction makes the ski lightweight by inserting two carbon tubes, designed for less baggage going uphill while maintaining stability going downhill. Fiberglass construction integrates, you guessed it, fiberglass throughout the ski, designed to produce a smooth flex pattern that's easy to bend while maintaining stability. For something similar but skinnier, check out the Spectrum 95 Carbon. 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.

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