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Waist Width: 115
The Spectrum 115 ALU is the widest ski in Elan's Spectrum series, with a 145 mm tip, 115 mm waist, and 130 mm tail. Powder skiing is its main intention, an intention highlighted by a variety of technology: 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. It also has a long, 20.4 - 23.4 m radius range for big and powerful turns. For something similar but skinnier, check out the Spectrum 105 ALU and Spectrum 95 ALU. 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.