Elan Puzzle TBT (2014)

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Price: $600.00
Year: 2014
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 112
Tip/Tail/Waist: 119-85-112
Lengths: 166, 171, 176, 181

The Puzzle debuted last year and was the first model to feature Elan's easy-to-pivot Triple Base Technology (see below). It's a slopestyle specialist with near-symmectrical sidecut (just 8 mm wider in the tip than in the tail) for switch-riding ease. Waist widths vary from length to length (85 mm to 88 mm), to keep sidecut radius and performance roughly similar. Like the powder-jibbing Boomerang, it's a metal-free, glass-reinforced construction with durable, medium-edgy SST sidewalls (which are angled, rather than vertical, so as not to be overly grippy). The men's Freestyle collection comprises seven models of mostly park-oriented twin-tips. All are built on full wood cores for responsiveness and durability (except the value-priced Pinball, which has wood stringers surrounded by lightweight foam). The Boomerang offers a powder-ready waist width for backside jibbing; the others range from 80 to 85 mm in width and are more traditionally park-oriented. All models have either symmetrical or near-symmetrical sidecuts for optimized switch-riding performance. Three key models (Boomerang, Puzzle and Slingshot TBT) feature Elan's unique Triple Base Technology, in which the outside edges are raised off the snow at the tip and tail, while the center portion of the base stays flat. This is designed to make them easier to pivot without risk of catching an edge.