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Elan Amphibio 80 ti review 2017

PROSKILAB™ reviewers' comments

The Amphibio 80 ti is notable for its overall facility and consistent performance, judged excellent by the reviewers. The ski is very versatile and is happy in all types of ride and turn.

It's very user-friendly, even if it performs less well than the Speed Zone 7... The ski is intuitive and requires little technical prowess; it's extremely reassuring for intermediate riders. Turn entry is very easy, and rides at medium speed are particularly consistent and agreeable. Some reviewers felt that the relatively noticeable tail was a bit too grippy in skid turns, but it wasn't a major problem.

The transition from skid turns to carves was fluid and one of the major features of this model. It's extremely adaptive and the ski's performance remains globally efficient at higher speeds in tighter trajectories.

However, we noted (logically in view of the programme) weaker performance on hard pack at high speeds.

Halfway between the Dynastar (very easy to handle) and the Rossignol (with a focus on performance), the Amphibio 80 ti offers an interesting compromise. It's a perfect ski for relatively fair riders who love parallel turns and skid turns and want to improve their carving skills.

Review: Pros

  • Good accessibility overall
  • Tolerant
  • Versatile
  • Sound and reassuring, no-surprise behaviour

Review: Cons

  • Lacks accessibility compared to other models in the selection
  • Lacks character
  • Performance limited on hard pack at high speed

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
Stability/turning performance
Short turn performance
Long turn performance
Skid turn performance
Snow contact
Soft snow fluidity

Who's it for?

Basic → Good+

Manufacturer's remarks

The Amphibio 80 TI is a versatile All mountain ski, offering excellent performance on all types of terrain and all types of snow. It's a great choice for all-rounders who know how to enjoy the combination of Amphibio technology (a left ski and a right ski, with a rocker and camber on the same ski) and 4D technology (convex titanal plates in front and concave plates at the back). These technologies result in a ski that's more precise and offers better performance both on and off piste.

Features of the Amphibio 80 ti

Brand : Elan
Model : Amphibio 80 ti
Year : 2017
Family : Intermediate
Size tested : 176 cm
Tip size : 120 mm
Waist size : 80 mm
Tail size : 108 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : Not available

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in La Clusaz, France, March 2016