Elan Spectrum 95 (2015)


Rating: 2.73 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2015
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 95
Tip/Tail/Waist: 136-95-111
Lengths: 173, 180, 187

Stability at speed: 2.61 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.57 / 5
Crud performance: 2.81 / 5
Flotation: 3.03 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.94 / 5
Overall: 2.73 / 5

Part of the Spectrum line, with waist widths ranging from 85 to 115 mm, the 95 is a midfat built for everyday versatility in soft-snow resort settings. It features Elan's Amphibio rocker profile: cambered on the inside edge for positive edge grip on the working, downhill edge; rockered on the outside edge for easy-pivoting looseness on the uphill ski, the better to feather and adjust line. (The skis must always be worn on the same feet.) Elan enhances outside-ski edge power by placing extra-strong laminates strategically over the edge for more power. The AluBlade version uses metal for extra power and vibration-calming dampness. The 95 ALU is a wood-core construction with SST sidewalls, which are beveled inward where they meet the topsheet for relaxed edginess and to avoid cosmetic dings caused by the opposite skis edge. It was tested in the Mixed Snow West category. Here's what testers said: Sam Bass: "Really fun! Easy to ski, smeary, carvy, does it all! These are easy to jump around on." Andy Beekman: "This ski had a decently clean edge at medium speed groomers. It didn't have enough stable confidence. It got handled in bumps and steep mixed snow." Colin Moffatt: "This is the liveliest Elan I've skied in a while. It has smooth turn initiation and a solid edge hold in both soft and hard snow. It's forgiving and easy in all conditions. This ski is smooth and balanced." Dan Withey: "Has a kick-ass but forgiving feel with a solid platform. They have a smooth flex and the tip engages cleanly. The flex is nice in and could be a one-ski quiver." Gordy Megroz: "In chopped powder you can bomb and feel stable with this ski, but the ski was shaky at speed on groomers. It just felt a little floppy and unstable. It's better for intermediate skiers who won't push it." Bob Gleason: "This is the new dialed in version of the Elan. It's quick from turn to turn and it maintains a pleasing liveliness. It's quick from turn to turn and maintains a pleasing liveliness. It's friendly in the bumps and narrows. This is a ski that will help grow your skills."