Elan Amphibio Waveflex 88 XTI Skis

SKU: 23898

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The Amphibio 88 is a Skiing Magazine official selection for this year. At 88mm underfoot this is a serious all mountain ski with boatloads of technology poured into it. Essentially the sports car of all mountain skis (since they were designed by Porsche Design Studio), these are some of the sleekest skis in shops today. They like to be skied aggressively and fast on hardpack, but since these are a little wider than usual carvers, the softer snow will be a breeze. What really gets us going is the Amphibio technology (twisted rocker) that provides easy turning and a very solid edge grip simultaneously, usually tough to accomplish on this stiff of a ski.

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Ski Sizing
       
Height (in) Beginner (cm) Intermediate (cm) Advanced (cm)
3'-3'1" 65-74 - -
3'2"-3'3" 75-79 - -
3'4"-3'6" 80-84 - -
3'7"-3'8" 85-94 - -
3'9"-3'10" 95-104 105-109 -
3'11"-4' 105-109 110-114 115-119
4'1"-4'2" 110-114 115-119 120-124
4'3"-4'4" 115-119 120-124 125-129
4'5"-4'6" 120-124 125-129 130-134
4'7"-4'8" 125-129 130-134 135-139
4'9"-4'11" 130-134 135-139 140-144
5'-5'1" 135-139 140-144 145-149
5'2"-5'3" 140-144 145-149 150-159
5'4"-5'5" 145-149 150-154 155-165
5'6"-5'7" 150-154 155-159 160-169
5'8"-5'9" 155-159 160-164 165-175
5'10"-6' 160-164 165-169 170-185
6'1"-6'2" 165-169 170-174 180-195
6'3"-6'4" 170-174 175-185 190-200
6'6" + 180 + 185 + 200 +

This chart provides a range of sizes suffice for skiers based on their height and ability level. Remember, there are lots of different styles of skis these days, so even though the ski fits into your size range, it may not be the ski for you. Use our Ski Selector if you have any doubts or questions, for a more catered list of skis that will make you the best skier on the mountain.

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Free Binding Mounting: We will mount you ski bindings for free whenever you order skis and bindings. If you order boots, too, we can adjust them so they are ready to hit the slopes right out of the box! Just be sure to fill out the mounting form that comes up after checkout.

SST Sidewall Construction: SST construction combines the durability and rigidness of cap construction with sidewall construction for more power and edge grip to form a unique hybrid sidewall design.

Right and Left Ski : Since this ski features Amphibio Rocker (explained above) these skis have a designated right and left that is labeled above the toe piece to ensure the skis do their intended job effectively.

Metal Tip Protectors: These skis have rugged tip protectors made of metal that will help fight against chipping and damage to the tips, which is both a performance and cosmetic benefit.

Sandwich Construction (SW): SW means that the sides of the skis are a vertical wall rather the the rounded Cap construction forund on most skis. Since none of the skis material needs to be exerting force maintaining shape at the edges, SW skis are stiffer than their Cap counterparts. Most people find SW skis to be damper, that is more glued to the snow, superior at high speed GS turns and top notch at busting through crud or choppy snow.

Ideal Target Skier: Weekend Warrior/Charger: These skiers were once upon a time ski bums, or very proficient skiers in college, then landed an internship that led to a 70 hour work week and a spouse and 2.5 kids. They are still great skiers, and ski hard every chance they get on steeps, moguls, powder... whatever they can get their hands on.

Waveflex Technology: Elan's Waveflex is literally waves bored out of the core of the ski, you can see and feel the topsheet has a wave-like texture. The purpose of these waves is to provide a harmonious flex pattern throughout the ski, and lightens up the overall weight of the ski without giving up torsional rigidity.

Double Titanal Layering: This ski features two layers of Titanal metal alloy, one just above the base, one just below the topsheet. This gives the ski extra stiffness and strength while creating a dampening, or shock absorbing, effect to the ski. This is usually found in the highest grade of racing and competition level freeride skis.

Amphibio Rocker Technology: Elan's Amphibio Rocker is a groundbreaking design, wherein the edge of the outside ski has a stable flat camber, great for holding edges on hardpack; and the edge of the inside ski is rockered in both the tip and tail, giving it a more surfy, easy and playful feel. The purpose of this technology is to give you a ski that is extremely fast and stable on hardpack without being painfully difficult to maneuver, as well as giving the outside edges a nice surfy feel when making turns in soft snow.

Wood Core: The standard core which has throughout time provided the best performance and durability. Each model may have it's own density level to help define flex and maximum speed but every wood core ski will be solid.

Expert Binding Choices: Some of the binding options (i.e. the Head GTO 15) available for this ski have high din ranges that start at 8 or 9. A very small percentage of skiers will be suitable for these bindings. If you know that you usually set your din at 8 or above, you are in the clear for a high din binding. Otherwise, those bindings are for EXPERT SKIERS ONLY!

Additional Info

Ability Level Advanced, Expert
Gender Men's
Terrain Type All Mountain, Alpine & Carving
Model Year 2013
Waist Width Range 80-89mm
Includes Ski Bindings No
Twin Tip No
International Availability-Prices USD United States, Canada, Australia/New Zealand/Chile/Argentina, UK, Ireland, Japan
Core Wood
Construction Hybrid
Base Sintered
SKU 23898
Country of Manufacturer Slovenia
Warranty Manufacturers one year standard warranty

Product Questions


Product Questions

Hi there, I'm 6"3, 220pounds upper intermediate skier looking to advance. I've never skied a ski this long before. Wondering if it will be too much ski for me @186cm?? Ski mostly on piste, little bit of off trail stuff. Currently skiing the Head rev 80's, skiing as aggressively as I can when I'm comfortable.
Than you for your advice.
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I want to purchase the Elan Amphibio Waveflex 88 XTI with Marker 11.0 TC EPS bindings, do you still have this binding or one that is comparable?
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Hi there, just wondering if there is any difference between this ski or the "Elan 2014 Amphibio 88 XTI" ski you have advertised for the same price? Is one simply a 2013 model and the other a 2014 model? Or are they completely different ski's? If so, what are the differences?
thankyou
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Reviews

Great ski for big guysReview by Mark
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These skis were very confidence inspiring for me at 6'6", 225 lb. Did not feel it give up on me on steep runs at faster speeds. The full camber on the inside edge really held well, except on bulletproof ice, but that probably had more to do with my technique than the ski. Not the nimblest ski for moguls or trees, but I didn't buy it for that. Great for cord in the morning and choppy snow at the end of the day. Combined these with Look Pivot 12 at the recommendation of L9, a good call! (Posted on 2/1/2016)
Great resort skiReview by STPUD
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Living in Tahoe for over 30 years I've owned a lot of different skis. Currently I have designated backcountry and powder skis that I am very happy with and have been looking for a resort ski to round out my quiver.

I got the Amphibio because I was looking for an all mountain resort ski. I've skied them for a week now, started on groomers and and bumps at Kirkwood, then a powder day that turned to crud at Squaw, then back to Kirkwood, (my home mountain), for hardpack/bullet proof and breakable crust.
After running the Amphibio through this gammet of conditions I have to say that I am pretty darn happy with them.

On the groomers they are solid up to resonable speeds. If you really push them hard going really really fast they can get a tiny bit loose but still totally managable.

The shovel and tail on these guys are both pretty wide and I found myself clicking the tails and occasionaly catching a bit in tight bumps but they were certainly acceptable in most bump fields and they come around fast went pressed.

I was very happy with them in the powder and crud, actually much happier than I expected to be. The wide shovel does a great job of floating the ski, and while not heavy the ski has enough weight to punch through the crud and I found them resposive and predictable as the the snow consitency changed throughtout the day.

On the steep hardpack/bullet proof the skis were stiff enough to dig in an edge and hold a solid line throughout the turn, (of course brand new skis and nice new/sharp edges certainly helped), I never felt like they were going to wash out on me and send me on a slide for life.

I got these with the Tyrolia 13's, I haven't skied a Tyrollia binding in years, and I only have a week on these, but so far they seem to be fine, easy to click in and out, no pre-release, and they appear to be solidly constructed.

Overall I would say the the Amphibio fills the spot in my quiver that was lacking and I'm happy with them. For advanced/expert skiers that may be looking for one ski that can pretty much do it all the Amphibios could be a good choice.

One final comment, the folks at Level 9 Sports have been fantastic to deal with, great recommendation on the skis, great prices and fast shipping. I have been singing their praises all over Tahoe and will continue to do so. Thanks guys!

Level 9 Sports (Posted on 12/24/2015)

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