"What I look for in my ultimate freeride ski is plenty of float, maneuverability and playfulness. And you should be able to lay some trenches on the slopes as well. Weight reduction is all important for easy turning in difficult circumstances."
The Elan Spectrum 105 Alu is a freeride ski that performs well anywhere on the mountain. Whether you want to ski next to the piste, plunge into powder snow, swerve through the trees or make big carve turns on-piste, it all suits the Spectrum 105 Alu very nicely. The flat tail ensures stability at high speed and a good on-piste performance. Most skis that have a shovel this wide, are susceptible to heavy tip vibrations. Not the Spectrum 105 Alu. You would think that the flat tail would make it difficult to turn in deep snow, but it's not. Therefore this ski deserves a 4 star rating.
Different left and right ski
Elan has put its celebrated Amphibio technique in the Spectrum series as well. That means that the left and right ski are different in shape. The tip and tail have rocker on the outside and camber on the inside of the ski. That makes the ski very easy to turn whithout loosing edge grip. That must be the reason why the Spectrum 105 Alu carves so well on piste and at the same time is easy to steer in powder snow.
Elan about the Spectrum 105 Alu
"Skiing in deep fresh snow is the ultimate skiing pleasure. It is skiing at is roots. The Spectrum 105 Alu is the choice for these kinds of conditions. Alu Blade technology provides lightweight, responsive stability. Functioning like an arrow with its Diamond tip technology this ski easily floats through powder. And Amphibio® profile, with its cambered inside edge and rockered outside edge ensures effortless turns and handling. This ski can be used with fixed or heel flexible binding systems. Spectrum 105 Alu is a responsive and dynamic ski created for pure big mountain adventure.", says Elan. This certainly is a great top to bottom ski. Also a ski, with the exception of icy conditions, you might enjoy every day. A one ski quiver.
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