Advanced slalom piste skier Heyman's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
en-US - * - 3105
"Edge grip and accelleration are crucial elements for a slalom ski. Edge grip to challenge you each time to turn sharper and go almost horizontal through the turn. Accellaration to shoot you into the next turn until your legs burn."
The Elan SLX FIS Plate is a thoroughbred slalom race ski. It's all superlatives: extremely stiff, razor sharp edge grip, super tight turning, fast as lightning, horizontal carving, incredibly direct and the torsional stability of a concrete block. Everything an expert slalom skier might hope for. So at the end of a long run you feel 10cm shorter due to all the G-forces you had to endure. Surprisingly though the SLX FIS Plate is accessible for an advanced skier as well. This is due to Elan's Amphibio technique: a little rocker on the outside of the tip and tail and camber on the inside. That provides exceptional edge grip for supertight carving without limiting the ski to do only that. An old school slipping turn is possible as well, so you may relax a little bit once in a while.
Little rocket skis
Skiing on the Elan SLX FIS Plate feels like you have strapped a pair of rockets under your feet. That's what the acceleration of this ski is like. It's a real leg burner. But when the last drop of energy has left your legs, you just stand up straight, wiggle your tail a little and slip and slide to the bottom of the slope. Brilliant!
Elan about the SLX FIS Plate
"The Elan SLX FIS Plate was developed for the most demanding skiers who are looking to gain precious tenths of seconds in every turn. Not only FIS approved, this skis are 100 % approved by the racers themselves", says Elan. And 100% approved by me. What a ski!