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60 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2019



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Elan SLX Fusion [click]
Type of ski : Slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
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.

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

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

Elan GSX Fusion [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom

The GSX Fusion from Elan is preselected every year for the PROSKILAB review and is unquestionably one of the market's star performers. It frequently wins or is close to first place on the podium. The ski is very much performance-oriented. With excellent grip and remarkable stability, the ski is simply majestic in long turns. Once the turn is initiated, it has incredibly solid edge hold and never seems to want to let go. The ski requires a certain degree of technical and prowess for optimum rides.

Liked: Good overall performance Excellent stability Good edge hold Loves long turns ...

Disliked: A technically and physically demanding ski Less intuitive and accessible than the Speed Master or the Hero Master ...

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