If you hear the name Elan and think I haven't heard from them in 15 years!, it's time for you to get reacquainted. Elan made its name making the original parabolic skis, then fell off the map, but the last few years have seen it come back with a vengeance, thanks in large part to the new Amphibio design found on the Spectrum 105 ALU Ski. While it's become standard for skis to have a rockered or early rise tip something the Spectrum also features Elan's the only company that designs its skis with rockered and cambered edges, too. Each ski is designated left or right, and the inside edge of each is cambered, which provides loads of edge grip when you're hammering aggressive turns, while the outside edges are rockered, letting you throw down loose, surfier turns in softer snow. The Spectrum boosts this combination of aggression and playfulness with AluBlade technology, which features an aluminum laminate over the powerful inside edge, serving up even more power without limiting the surfiness of the outside edge or adding extra weight. The wood core keeps the ski light, lively, and playful, while the SST sidewalls add some traditional bite and durability to all the space age tech. The Spectrum even riffs on the popular fun shape pin tail design with its Diamond tip and tail, which is narrower in the tail and wider in the front to slice through chop and float over soft snow if you weight your tails. Try it, and you'll see what all the fuss is about.