Elan Bliss (2013/2014) Review

October 1, 2013
Elan Bliss (2013/2014)
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
74
Float
7
Versatility
6
Hard Snow Performance
5
Stability
5
Forgiveness
6
Value
5

The Good

  • Effortless to power through the turns
  • You don’t need ski racer quads to flex the ski
  • Lightweight enough to use as a backcountry touring setup

The Bad

  • A tad light and soft for high-speed skiing
THE VERDICT

If you’re looking for a burly, high-speed racer, this probably isn’t your ski of choice. But if you’re looking for a friendly, do-everything ride that you can take you into the backcountry or anywhere in the resort—a ski that will make you feel like a better skier in deep snow and crud—then you’ve found it.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The newly updated Elan Bliss—the women’s version of Elan’s Chainsaw—got a Trulite wood core this year, along with vertical sidewalls and a stiff piece of fiberglass. The result? A lightweight, big-mountain ski that has a lot of power given its featherweight feel.

FULL REVIEW

This ski was easily adaptable. Take it on hardpack and it’ll carve a turn, throw it into the steeps and watch it truly shine. The fat, shovel-like rockered tip plowed through crud with ease, making it a real powder skier’s tool. A great choice for advanced to expert women who want an all-mountain ski for out West.

Float
The Bliss is exactly that in powder, thanks to its rockered tip and slightly turned-up tail.

Versatility
Cruise the entire mountain like a champ and venture inbounds and out-of-bounds on one do-everything-well ski.

Length
It comes in lengths of 155, 165, and 175 centimeters. The dimensions of the ski—width, sidecut—vary slightly with each length, so the longest ski is also the fattest.

 


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MSRP
$750.00
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