SEASON 2014-2015 UPDATE:
For this next 2014-2015 season, the Elan Race SLX Fusion has not changed much. The ski basically comes from the same mold and it features the same technologies from the past season such as the Amphibio profile, the Powerspine, the RST Sidewall, a laminated woodcore and the addition of a double titanal layer.
The changes in the Elan Race SLX Fusion 2014-2015 have fallen onto the cosmetics. There is less green in the mix (the excess of which was critized in last season´s review) and the white color has gained prominence. It looks more modern, although the composition remains the same. Appearance is always a very subjective matter, but many will agree the renewal has arrived for good.
As of performance on the snow, everything explained on the following article for the 2013-2014 season´s model applies entirely for this upcoming winter. Here’s the complete review, enjoy….
The Elan Race SLX Fusion lives on top of the Race range as an SL ski. It is a well rounded ski, without complications. You can push it hard once and again in the short turns and it will never complain. It comes in at every turn, round and easy. In the mid-long turn it feels a bit out of place, as if it wasn’t capable of edging. It holds on to the edge, but it barely transmits it. As it happens with all SL’s worthy of that name, it doesn’t like to ski very fast. It faces that circumstance decently, but it feels like a penguin in a garage. Lost.
The manufacturer defines it as follows: “It is not necessary to choose between speed and precision”. But as I said just one line above, this is nonsense. An SL ski is not a fast ski or meant to be fast. Therefore, among other aspects, they are shorter than “regular” skis. Because of this you have to choose. Example: if you want to drive fast, you don’t buy a 4×4, you buy a sportscar. The same rationale applies in here.
Leaving the nonsense marketing apart, it is a good Slalom ski. It has an excellent cut touch, a bit thin but honest all the way. It chains all turns absolutely flawlessly and without any kind of strong rebound. In fact, its best feature is the flexibility without coming back to its natural position violently. Therefore, you can chain all turns without any problems provided the pilot doesn’t commit a mistake.
The Elan Race SLX Fusion feels balanced, specially in all the turn phases and packed with measured reactions. “Sweet” would be a bad word for this ski because it is quite demanding for many people, but noble fits like a glove. Turns can be drawn in a diabolic fast pace. You can also cut and slide those icy walls where our wishes and fears collide, without those unwanted tail-nailing turns or having the feeling of wearing something heavy. In fact, it is a quite light SL ski. Here lies the reason why the manufacturer speaks out the following phrase in the model’s description: “The Elan Race SLX Fusion gives all you need to have a superior Slalom experience”.
The Elan Race SLX Fusion is not the best Slalom ski ever. But it is not any Slalom ski, either. Those skilled enough will enjoy all short turns in every kind of circumstance. It has a nice behavior even in the bumps.
Aesthetically, the problem is the color. Too much green. The asymmetric tips are quite squared, which give it a more aggressive styling. It also incorporates some plastic protectors in the tip, ressembling chromed metal. Nice detail.
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