Elan Twilight 76 (2017)

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Price: $500.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 76
Tip/Tail/Waist: 126-76-103
Lengths: 140, 146, 152, 158, 166

The Twilight 76 is an all mountain expert women's ski intended to tackle a variety terrain, but more focused on hardpack snow rather than powder. It has a 76-mm waist and short sidecut radius (9.6 to 14.2 meters, depending on length) designed for quick and snappy turns. It's also packed with technology, starting with Wavelight technology, in which the top of the ski from the core up has a series of structural waves designed to make the ski stiff laterally yet still supple-flexing longitudinally. (Think corrugated cardboard: easy to bend in one direction, rigid in the other). Early Rise Rocker lifts the tip and tail slightly up and off the ground, designed to maneuver through powder and other various conditions. Furthermore, with the tip and tail rockered, less edge is making contact with the snow, designed for responsiveness and minimized turning effort. Trulite Woodcore, a women's-specific core, is comprised of a variety of lightweight wood layered from throughout the ski, designed to increase playfulness and maneuverability. For something similar but wider in the All Mountain Women series, check out the Twilight 90, Twilight 90 Carbon, and Twilight 84. Elan is based in Behunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, where it was founded during World War II to make skis for Yugoslav partisans. Partner brands include Alpina boots. Long state-run, it was privatized in 2015, when a Russian venture capital fund acquired a 95 percent stake. -C.D.