The theory is this: The wave-shaped structure of this ski is supposed to allow for an easy longitudinal flex without sacrificing torsional rigidity for edge hold. It's a good idea, but earlier models sometimes buckled under loadand had a tendency to skitter away from you. This year Elan has finally perfected the technology, and our testers found it a breeze to vary the Speedwave 14's turn shape by backing off for longer arcs or jumping on them for shorter swings. The edge hold matched the more race-inspired skis in the test, and the overall feel was of a buttery carving ski. 123/72/105; $900; elanskis.com
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