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Elan Amphibio 16 TI2 reviews 2018

PROSKILAB™ reviewers' comments

Elan's Amphibio 16 Ti2 compensates for a slight lack of performance by its great consistency and remarkable user-friendliness. The reviewers liked the fact that they were instantly in control and that the ski was so docile. "It’s simple, the ski does everything very easily" one of the reviewers said during the PROSKILAB feedback meeting. Its behavior is very consistent at all times, including at high speeds when the Amphibio is extremely reassuring. The testers also appreciated the ski’s consistency which was "enjoyable underfoot", and alternates carves, sideslips and skid turns at will. The Amphibio shows a slight preference for long loops but is still nimble in short turns. It’s a good ski, with slightly more focus on user-friendliness and comfort than the Stöckli, Dynastar or Rossignol. An excellent choice for intermediary to good riders who want to quietly polish their performance.

Review: Pros

  • A very well-balanced ski
  • Reassuring and without surprise
  • Very accessible
  • Good grip
  • Skid and slide turns
  • Overall fun

Review: Cons

  • Not quite up to the performance of the Laser SC or the Hero Elite
  • Slightly challenging coming out of turns

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?

Intermediate → Very good

Manufacturer's remarks

Let’s get straight to the point: the Amphibio 16 Ti2 ski is not for the faint hearted! With plenty of metal (the two layers of the ski tip at the back of the ski), a unique configuration, and a geometry that’s adapted to the latter, it’s the ultimate tool for the groomed runs. Riders can race down the slopes with long Giant loops, or energetic Slalom turns. Both styles are possible thanks to the unique Amphibio 4D innovation, a combination of Amphibio technology with a clever association of camber for more grip and a rocker for faster, direct turns, with two different preformed layers (one in front, the other at the back of the ski) to reduce chatter. A convex layer at the front of the ski will help you enter turns with precision, while the concave layer at the back will help you come out of the turn faster. And to cap it all, its aggressive and stylish graphics round off its special character with superb panache.

Features of the Amphibio 16 TI2

Brand : Elan
Model : Amphibio 16 TI2
Year : 2018
Family : Carvers
Size tested : 178 cm
Tip size : 121 mm
Waist size : 73 mm
Tail size : 104 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : Not available

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in La Clusaz, France, March 2017