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Elan SLX Fusion 2019

Reviewed by PROSKILAB
BEST SKI

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Best ski 2019

PROSKILAB™ reviewers comments

Selected as one of the best skis on the market and reviewed for several years by PROSKILAB, the SLX Fusion from Elan has frequently got close to the top spot on the podium without ever winning it. This year, the ski finally got a well-deserved "Best ski" award thanks to its balanced combination of performance, consistency and pleasure.

You'll get plenty of performance. The ski is truly efficient in every area, from turn entry to exit with powerful rebound. "Well-balanced, it hugs the turn perfectly" one professional reviewer noted. The ski is "very precise and grippy", carving out turns with a scalpel. We reviewed a size slightly bigger than requested (170 cm) and the stick proved extremely frisky, especially comfortable in short turns, while still happy carving out great "S" shaped swoops.

The SLX Fusion is "playful and not too technical", "enjoyable and surprise-free", and particularly tolerant so it will forgive minor errors and is remarkably accessible for this category. The reviewers particularly noted its "consistent, predictable and well-balanced" behaviour.

The quality of snow contact, the ski's consistency and the moderate engagement required make it a "comfortable" ski.

The SLX Fusion is lively, precise and smooth, in short, a great adrenalin booster, and our reviewers came back with their test sheet full and a smile on their face.

The SLX Fusion once again confirmed all the qualities already noted in the past. It's the ideal ski for anyone looking for a dynamic, agile and precise slalom ski without the drawbacks of one that's too demanding.


Review: Pros

  • A lively and playful ski
  • Reassuring, forgiving and consistent
  • Top flight performance
  • Performance and precision in turns
  • Good grip
  • Versatile

Review: Cons

  • Less dynamic than the Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti with its R22 race plate.

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
19.0
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
18.0
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
19.0
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
19.0
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
18.0

Who's it for?

Good → Expert

Manufacturer's remarks

Blast from one short turn to another with never before experienced energy. The SLX Fusion redefines the term "high intensity" as this ski is packed with punch from tip to tail. Go fast, turn tight.

Features of the SLX Fusion

Brand : Elan
Model : SLX Fusion
Year : 2019
Family : Slalom
Size tested : 165 cm
Tip size : 121 mm
Waist size : 68 mm
Tail size : 104 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : 12 mm
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Slx fusion

I have to disagree with the above opinion. Way too soft and slow reaction time. It felt like playing tennis with an oversized tennis racket for older players, with a massive sweet spot. Simply not stiff enough for advanced skiers: much rather prefer the racetiger sl, atomic s9, head i.race or doberman slr in this category.

Branko
le 17/03/2019 à 19:08:09

Optimized performer

I do not support Branko's opinion about the quality of the ELAN SLX 19/20 skis. The ski is obedient, relaxing, tolerant, you can do everything you want by them, drive curving, narrow arcs, wide arcs, you can skate by them, it behaves perfectly and steadily and keeps the curve from entering to exit, physically not tiring, it's fun, but also beautiful designed and offers eyecatched aesthetic. It is true that these skis suffer in the spring, snow-capped snow, when the top of the skis sinks, loses its dynamics, but after all, ELAN has dedicated skis for these types of slopes, isn't it? I mean Amphibio and Wingman. To conclude: ELAN SLX are skis for every recommendation, that require technique, but it is very manageable, with an excellent response, does not like the unpredictable skiing reactions, offers pleasure in narrow and middle turns. BRAVO, ELAN SLX !!!

Boban
le 09/05/2019 à 17:31:03

slx race ski

i have skied on slx race skis for the last 7 years my last pair were 3 season old brand new and they kick ass i skied this year in powder hard pack they were awesome very responsive ,great edging ,though i do agree spring snow was challenging I'm a full on mogul skier love them ,wood core nothing comes close cool Spike a Kiwi skier from New Zealand

spike
le 11/07/2019 à 21:59:37

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Reviewed by PROSKILAB™

in La Clusaz, France, March 2018