Gear

Elan Spire (2011)

As the fattest ski in the category, the Spire was at a disadvantage in terms of quickness and hard-snow grip, but it held its own nevertheless. It’s fluid, supple, strong and surprisingly agreeable in bumps. And with that 98-mm waist, no one doubts its powder-day capabilities—especially with its touch of tip rocker. Flotation won’t be a problem. Aside from the rocker and width, it’s the same as the Apex (see No. 13), which testers liked for all-mountain, all-conditions applications. But if you ski lots of powder, the Spire will satisfy. “Easygoing, balanced, round and smooth in longer turns,” said Casey.

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Rating: / 5
Price: $1075.00
Year: 2011
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 130/98/120
Lengths: 181

Stability at speed: 2.98 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.85 / 5
Crud performance: 3.40 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.48 / 5