We like what we're seeing from Elan these days, both from the freeride world and the front side/all-mountain skis. The Wildcat series is new for 2021, and represents the lady's version of the men's Wingman skis. At 82 mm underfoot, it's on the narrower side for all-mountain skiing, so it more falls in line with the front side crowd. And it does that very well thanks to the build, shape, and profile of the skis. Light, fun, and easy to turn, the Wildcat 82 C starts out with a fiberglass-laminated wood core that generates a ton of snap and pop. The glass does a great job at adding energy to the ski, and while the epoxy involved in the construction does add a bit of weight, it also provides some structure and heft for energetic carving performance.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Groomers, All Mountain
Intermediate and advanced skiers will love the ski's ability to get from edge to edge both quickly and efficiently. While the upper-end models have the CX build consisting of the tubelite wood core, the C does not, so what you miss out on in technology, you make up for in simplicity, and there are a lot of skiers out there who like that aspect of the ski. Additional carbon is placed along the inside edges of the ski thanks to the true line technology. This consists of a strip covering the inside portion of the underfoot (and beyond) portions of the ski, and this adds a whole new level of edge grip and performance for skiers who love to rip carved turns on the groomers.
As far as the profile is concerned, this is where Elan really separates itself from the herd. Elan's Amphibio profile is unique in that it only focuses on the necessary parts of the ski that would benefit from this shaping. Rather than typical tip and tail rocker, Elan rockers the outside portions of the ski and cambers the inside parts. This creates an incredibly smooth transition between turns, and creates an incredibly smooth feeling in any and all snow conditions and terrain. While this ski will certainly be better used on firmer and smoother snow, the technology applies to more than just this application. When the snow gets soft and choppy, this really highlights the ski's ability to perform in a variety of conditions with a floaty and smooth personality.
For skiers from the intermediate levels and up, the new 2021 Elan Wildcat 82 C skis are a fantastic choice if you're looking to spend most of your time on flatter and smoother terrain. While not the hard-chargers of the CX build, the C does just fine. From groomers and bumps to trees and beyond, these are great skis at a tremendous value that will satisfy a ton of skier types and skiers.
Contributors: MJ Carroll and Kristal Fresco.