Slovenian based Elan Skis have just released what they’re claiming to be the “world’s first folding all-mountain ski” with their all-new Voyager ski.
Although their previous attempt at making a folding pair of backcountry-specific skis ‘folded’, Elan have gone back to the drawing board and applied their folding ski technology to a different market. This time, Elan have targeted the travelling skier, with the Voyager promising to allow “you to bypass the wait at the oversize luggage belt.”
By making use of a hinge in the centre of the ski that takes inspiration from “aviation iconography,” you’re able to fold these skis in half by unlatching the binding and sliding it towards the nose. This then allows you to fold the skis in half. The 160 cm length folds up to 87 cm and a 172 cm length folds up to 93 cm, which, Elan hopes, will make your life that bit more streamlined while travelling with your skis.
“Is it really worth putting convenience at the top of your ski buying needs?”
We love to be a big sceptical bunch here at Mpora, so it’ll come to no surprise that we’re pretty dubious about the point of these skis. Is it really worth putting convenience at the top of your ski buying needs? Although we’d not get behind their claim that the skis will “carve up groomers, float through powder, attack moguls,” as well as many other skis on the market, we’re sure that they will be able to hold up as well as many other piste-specific skis on the groomers.
The main question worth asking yourself is, is it really worth having a big joint in your skis, with the durability, weight and flex issues that come with this? And, are these skis going to be added to the pile of pointless ski equipment innovations, or are we soon going to be seeing 90cm long ski bags everywhere in airport queues?
The jury’s certainly still out on these skis, but it’s still interesting to see these developments in the industry. Check out our thoughts on these skis in this week’s episode of Piste Off TV below.
If you’re interested, you can take a look at more information on the Elan Voyager here.