"Great grip through all phases of the turn and a good blend of torsional and longitudinal stiffness," said Maybon of the Amphibio Waveflex 14. Its solid flex pattern and damp, predictable personality comes from Elan's RST sidewall construction, a wood core and two layers of titanium. Two key technologies contribute to its unique feel: Amphibio creates a cambered inside edge and a rockered outside edge (and a right and left ski) for better grip and control, while the visible waves in Waveflex absorb vibration. Ertl noted that "the inside edge feels different, but the ski is very forgiving and fun in the bumps."