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Elan SLX Fusion 2019

Reviewed by PROSKILAB
BEST SKI

BEST SKI

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
  • Very efficient
  • 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
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