2012 Elan Apex Review

Posted on October 28, 2011 by admin There have been 0 comments

Tested in 177cm, this ski was one of the top skis I tried over the spring, and put an order in for one soon afterwards. It was basically the same ski as the Volkl Kendo, just with a different graphic (and a lower price). This is the prototypical do-everything ski: it handles groomers just like a big GS board, has very solid edge hold, is a rock star in crud at speed, has no real speed limit, is predictable in bumps, and has no real weaknesses. It isn't as exciting of a carver as the Legend 94 reviewed above, but is more stable in big arcs, and it feels lighter on the snow than another of my 90mm favorites, the MX88 from Kastle. The crud feel is smooth, stable, confident, and unshakable, but not burly or stiff like some. This ski really does feel like it was designed with a person my weight and ability in mind. I was in tune with it from the first turn: flex was perfect, it absorbed terrain exceedingly well, and was well-suited to the speed at which I was skiing. In steeps and in un-cut snow, it was nimble and floated very, very well. I preferred it to my 1010's in some pretty deep (but light) snow, as I was able to work the ski more and had more fun on it. The Apex feels like the 888, only with a better flex pattern, larger sweet spot, and at least as much stability. Downsides: it isn't a real exciting carver; instead, it has a big, powerful GS feel to it. Also, some people may be looking for a wider ski for crud-busting.

Pros: true 50/50 all-mountain weapon, exceptional stability, great in bumps and crud, big GS feel on groomers Cons: lacking carver-like enthusiasm, less advanced skiers may desire more sidecut.

Quick ratings (based on a scale of 1-10; with 10 being best)

Stability 9

Quickness 6.5

Power on edge 7.5

forgiveness and sweet spot 6

bump-ability 8

soft snow float 7.5

smoothness in crud 9

Versatility 8.5


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