Elan Ibex 94 Carbon XLT Ski
The Elan Ibex 94 Carbon XLT has a unique feel that everyone should try. A smooth and easy longitudinal flex paired with a hook-free tip and solid torsional stability makes skiing fun again. The relaxed demeanor and Mountain Rocker tip come together in joyous matrimony to provide a lively, surfy feel in powder and corn. However, when the snow gets firm and slope angle increases, the torsional stability ensures plenty of grip to get you down safely. It’s just good, old-fashioned fun. The Ibex 94 Carbon XLT is Elan’s ultralight touring ski that’s perfect for surfing low-density powder in the Rockies, feeding on corn in the Sierra, or anything in between.
- Bridge Technology is a length-wise reinforcement that ensures edgy performance without resulting in an overly stiff ski.
- Mountain Rocker provides solid flotation when it counts and will stay out of the way when you lay ‘em down.
- Carbon Power Shell is a weight-saving, power-increasing, cocoon that wraps the ski.
- Tubelite Wood Core replaces a small amount of the core with two 5mm carbon tubes that contour the sidecut of the ski for added power at a reduced weight.
- Burly aluminum mounting plates are lightweight, will hold screws like a vise, and will survive a remount.
- Vapor Tip Inserts at both ends of the ski help deaden vibrations so you stay calm and collected under pressure.
Update 2019/20: Elan slighly updated the graphics on this ski.
|Lengths (cm)||163, 170, 177, 184|
|Weight (pair)||2480g 
||Tip notch, flat tail|
||Mountain rocker, moderate tip and tale rocker, camber underfoot|
||Tapered tip and tail, medium radius|
||Carbon power shell, Bridge technology|
||TubeLite Wood Core|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Ski touring, all-mountain|
|Notes||Shape helps prevent snow from sticking|
|Bottom Line||Casual ski with a buttery feel|
|Compare to other Mid-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
Briefly owned the Voile Hyper V6.
Pros: phenomenally easy turning, surfy powder ski, unique, excellent hybrid rocker. Top sheet, non-glossy texture and mostly white color for snow shedding, not perfect but best in class.
Cons: too wide underfoot for practical touring ease/taste with my boots Atomic Backlands. 100 underfoot was driving my leg rather than the opposite while side hilling/skinning.
Invested at Skimo in shell punching and Intuition liners for the Atomic Backlands. Fit, weight, added warmth, and improved downhill performance as good as the compromise gets for my needs, BC pow touring in the Tetons. Not inclined to buy up to heavier, beefier boots to drive a wider ski. Skis in quiver:
Rossignol Seek 7 touring version 122-86-108 (182cm), lightweight, forgiving rockered tip, great touring, but as expected not as surfy/floaty in pow as a wider ski underfoot.
Solomon MTN Explore 88 127-88-113 (184cm), reasonably lightweight, good for boot top pow, sketchier snow, overall a bit stiffer/less relaxed than I'd like.
Mid-fat, 90-ish underfoot, softer, rockered, backcountry powder biased skis seem a hole in market offering.
The Elan Ibex 94 Carbon XLT is as wide underfoot or as heavy as I dare go given my boots and 50/50 touring/skiing style, "it's not all about the down." Don't believe the top sheet bevel would appreciably help snow shedding, and certain the black color would be a detriment especially as our winters get warmer.
Guesstimating the Elan Ibex 94 Carbon XLT and Voile Hyper V6 are similar. Particularly interested in any insights as to differences in longitudinal flex, tip/tail rocker, recommended mounting point, and effects on powder skiing performance. The Voile Hyper V6 forward mounting point is very noticeable making it "ski short", owned the 183cm. In the Elan Ibex 94 Carbon XLT I'd get the 177cm.
I am wondering what the Ibex 94 has for sidewall construction. Sounds like a nice ski (I have a pair of Ripsticks), but skiing in the East and Europe, I need the edge hold only full sidewalls can offer.
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