Elan Spectrum 85 (2016)


Rating: 2.78 / 5
Price: $600.00
Year: 2016
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 85
Tip/Tail/Waist: 127-85-110
Lengths: 170,176,182

Stability at speed: 3.08 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.35 / 5
Crud performance: 1.65 / 5
Flotation: 1.65 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.08 / 5
Overall: 2.78 / 5

The Spectrum 85 is the skinniest ski in the Spectrum series, intended for both powder and hardpack snow, but more so hardpack. It has a 127 mm tip, 85 mm waist, and 110 mm tail. PST sidewalls use cap construction to hold internal elements together, designed to provide the ski with a balance of power and playfulness. Power Woodcore integrates wooden stringers (strips of wood) directly connected to the ski's laminates, designed for stability and responsiveness. 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 wider, check out the Spectrum 95 ALU, Spectrum 105 ALU, and Spectrum 115 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.