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Elan Morpheo 8 Orange QT (2014)

Morpheo 8 Orange QT

Elan

2014

price$600

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH104mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST125-76-104

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS152, 160, 168, 176

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The Morpheo 8 shares the same carve-ready geometry as the Morpheo 10 Ti, but will sell for about $100 less in most shops. It lacks the higher-tech integrated Fusion binding interface, as well as the Mono Ti titanal core reinforcement of the 10. Otherwise, the two are identical. The Morpheo series of women's narrow-waisted frontside cruisers includes four models, three with 76-mm waists and a value version with a 70-mm waist. All are sold with 10-DIN Elan bindings. All are built with just a touch of easy-pivoting tip rocker. All but one (the value-version Morpheo 4) feature Elan's Waveflex technology, in which the top of the ski from the core up has a series of structural waves designed to make the ski stiff laterally yet still supple-flexing longitudinally. (Think corrugated carbord: easy to bend in one direction, rigid in the other). The higher-end models (10Ti, 8, and 6) are built using Elan's Dualite Woodcore construction: five wood stringers - thicker ones near the edges, three thinner ones down the middle - surrounded by lightweight foam, to yield the benefits of wood (durability, integrity, responsiveness) at a weight appropriate to women. The value-oriented Morpheo 4 gets a still-lighter core with a single wood stringer down the middle, and it's a simple cap construction, lacking Elan's Waveflex structure. Sidewall constructions vary as well, with moderately edgy partial sidewalls on the 10 Ti and 8 giving away to softer, less-aggressive cap constructions in the 6 and 4.