One look at the Amphibio Insomnia and you can tell there's something unique about it. "The big front and solid construction helps conquer crud and adds stability," said Sutton.The damp and stable feeling comes from Elan's RST sidewall construction, a Trulite wood core and a layer 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. "This ski feels damp and dependable," said Bremner. "It's maneuverable and doesn't throw any surprises."