Review of the Elan Magfire 78ti, 176cm ski, 2010 model
Skier: 5 foot 9, 155lbs. ski 30+ days per year. Conditions; up to 6" of new, fairly light crud, mostly moderate pitches, a few bumps.
Ski: 2010 Elan Magfire 78ti, 176cm. 78mm underfoot, dimensions 123/78/105, radius 17.2m
Review: this ski is a very nice mid-width, do everything ride that is quite high performance for the level of forgiveness. It has a soft flex, only 1 layer of metal, and feels a bit more snappy with a smaller turn radius than it is listed. Feels much more like a 15m ski than a 17m one. The energy is solid, quite a bit of snap in the tail, moderately stable in cruddy snow. On the steeper pitch, with 6" of new (fairly heavy snow) the ski was totally solid, although doesn't have the heft of the 82xti, or quite the stability and move-the-snow power. The 78ti is a also a great ski to work on improving one's skills: it provides lots of feedback, instant edge engagement, power when pressured correctly, and also teaches energy management, due to it's fairly lively nature. I have skied this on hard snow and it holds as well as any ski of this stiffness I have tried. The Elan Magfire skis quite damp, and follows the terrain well. You can see how it absorbs the terrain; I can just relax at the end of the turn and allow the ski to do it's thing, without having to fight it. Above average in the bumps (these bumps were very soft, but oddly sized and hard to ski). Forgiveness is very high for a ski of this performance. Suitability is for an improving intermediate to a lower-level expert. Probably not the best ski for the super hard charger, but a great choice for others looking for a super solid ski for most turn shapes, most speeds, bumps, crud, and just a mix of conditions.
Overall, this ski is a real winner for a wide range of skiers, looking for that narrower, one ski quiver, or a narrower end of a 2-ski quiver. It is classic Elan: smooth, fairly damp, with an energetic tail and great edgehold.