Elan's Amphibio 14 TI is an asymetrical ski, meaning there's a left ski and a right ski, and no in between. In this case it works wonderfully, providing an ease of initiation and edge hold that suits a wide range of skiers. Except for hard charging edgeheads, who do buy a significant amount of ski in the frontside category.
It’s been awhile since we’ve had the pleasure of testing some of Elan’s innovative skis. With the Amphibio design, the brand has created asymetrical, left and right specific skis. In the 14 TI that design results in some super easy turn (and edge) initiation, and a silky smooth progressive hold. A versatile ski for a wide variety of skiers, we are happy to report this ski injected a lot of smiles into our sometimes over-serious test crew.
On the flip side, and to be blunt, some of our traditional race-style testers aren’t sold on the asymetrical construction, and would prefer something that they could hit the gates with as well. A complaint that might sound like a resounding vote of confidence to many of you.Continue Reading
Peter Kray is a co-founder of the Gear Institute, and a longtime specialist in the testing of skis, snowboards and outdoor equipment.