Just because a ski within a model line isn't the marquee stick doesn't mean it's not the best for you. In fact, the Elan Wingman 86 Ti is likely a far better choice for more skiers versus the higher-end Wingman 86 CTi. Shaped the exact same way as the stiffer brethren, the Ti lacks the carbon tubes found on the CTi version, and that's it. For skiers looking for supremely strong and agile front side performance with a tad of versatility built in, these are fantastic skis for most advanced and expert skiers. The stiffness of the ski is pretty impressive, even without the carbon tubes. We love seeing these skis all over the mountain, and for an eastern skier looking for that one ski for most any day save for the snowy days. The fact that the skis are a bit softer makes them a bit more versatile for bumps and trees or any off-piste adventures that you may think of. Overall, we expect a lot of skiers who would think the CTi is a better choice to be better matched with this 86 Ti, just because you don't have to be on it as much. A bit more playfulness goes a long way for a large number of skiers.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Groomers, All Mountain
Elan has never been one to shy away from innovation in terms of ski construction. From the old days of the SCX and the invention of the parabolic ski, they've been at the forefront of ski building and shaping, at least in terms of thinking outside the box. Their asymmetric construction has merits both in terms of the materials used and the profiling of the ski, but let's start with build. Since there's a left/right-specific ski, it frees up Elan to use more materials on one side of the ski versus the other. Since most of our energy and force is directed on the inside, or downhill edge, it stands to reason that we'd want more mass and material on that side of the ski. For symmetrical skis, that would make the ski feel loopy and strange, but for the way Elan does it, the skis are smooth and stable, with more strength and power where you need it, and less weight where you don't. It's a simple idea that plays well in real life. For the Wingman 86 Ti, the SST sidewall is what gives this thing the power on the inside edge, allowing it to have amazing edge grip and the ability to hold well on that edge while the outside edge is free to follow and track along without adding a ton of weight.
In terms of profile, the skis follow the same theory, only this time it's their Amphibio rocker profile that contributes to the asymmetrical smoothness. By rockering the outside edges of the tips and tails and cambering the inside edges, the skis roll up on edge smoothly and efficiently. This profile technology is not only useful in the wider and more freeride-oriented skis that Elan makes, but also these front siders. It makes a lot of sense here, because the way that skiers roll from edge to edge require some smoothness and strength, especially on hard snow. Even if you're a pro-level skier in a racecourse, the ability of the ski to enter the turn without feeling hooky or catchy is a huge advantage. Sometimes that uphill edge of the ski just gets caught up and wants to track higher than the downhill, and this Amphibio profile virtually eliminates that possibility.
For skiers who spend most of their time on the front side of the mountain and who like the ease of use in the initiation phase of the turn, the Elan Wingman 86 Ti is a fantastic choice. With a bit of versatility built in for all-mountain skiing, these skis have a broad range of appeal for a large number of skiers. By using Elan's innovative techniques in terms of shaping, building, and rockering the skis, the Wingman 86 Ti is a unique ski that has a ton of possibilities.