Remember the Elan SCX? It was probably the first shaped ski you ever saw (the idea of a "shaped" ski is pretty quaint now, huh?), and if it sounds old-fashioned, it's only because it was so successful that no one ever bothers to specify if a ski is shaped anymore, because it would be like asking if your pizza was going to come with crust. Point is, Elan revolutionized the ski industry and probably didn't get the credit they deserved. They're back at it again, though, this time with Amphibio technology, which puts a new twist on now-standard rocker technology: as well as applying early-rise to the camber profile of the ski, Elan has given the edges of the Spectrum individual rocker/camber profiles, designed to make turning effortless regardless of where and how you're skiing.
It's a pretty simple concept, if you get down to it—you have designated left/right skis, both of which have cambered inside edges and rockered outside edges (at the tips and tails). When you're turning, the cambered inside edge of your downhill ski locks in for sure grip, and the rockered outside edge of your uphill ski engages more gently, making it easy to break out of a turn or adjust your line. Why has no one thought of this before? Good question.The Spectrum also features an ALUblade aluminum layer, which covers the whole ski but is markedly thicker and stiffer over the cambered edges, increasing their grip and torsional stiffness, while the lighter, softer outside edges float better in powder. There are also burly SST ABS sidewalls that stand up to impacts, and a laminated wood core that's tough enough to rail turns but made to excel when the snow gets soft, making the Spectrum an ideal tool for serious big-mountain skiers who come to life when the terrain opens up.