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- Elan Ripstick 96 Skis · 2022
- Elan Ripstick 94 W Skis · Women's · 2022
- Elan Ripstick 88 W Skis · Women's · 2022
- Elan WILDCAT 76 LS Ski w/ ELW 9.0 GW SHIFT BLK/PURPLE Bindings · 2022
- Elan Wingman 86 Ti Skis · 2023
Elan Ripstick 96 Skis · 2022
The tip-to-tail length on these skis is actually about 4mm shorter than advertised so they would be a solid fitting ski for you. A bit on the heavier side compared to say a Head Kore 93, but these skis are still great sticks that will rip, no matter where you are. A traditional poplar wood core comes together with Fiberglass and carbon tubing for some torsional stiffness, making this a true all-mountain ski that can handle some powder and whatever else you want to take it through. Elan's unique "Amphibio" rocker profile to provide better edge grip and precise, dialed in turning.
Carving, charging, destroying everything in your path, leaving behind a wake of frozen trenches. Powerful yet super lightweight and versatile to accommodate any conditions all over the mountain. 96 mm waist is perfect to take all over the mountain and truly is a one ski quiver. Handles well on ice and powder.
An approachable and fun ski that is just as happy in the deep powder stashes as it is on the first lap of the day on fresh corduroy. The ski has a big rockered tip to allow for surprisingly good float for a 96mm ski, but keeps the tail flat to allow for enhanced edge hold in firm conditions.
Elan Ripstick 94 W Skis · Women's · 2022
Great all mountain ski; good in all the terrain font and backside. Good camber for hold on the stiffer snow, metal and wood in the core for durability, damp and good pop in the turns. One of the best reviewed skis, the Ripstick is a very reliable ski with a consistent flex pattern. It's damp and can cut through the crud and frozen chicken heads. The women's specific design on the Elan line was designed in concert with some great women to deliver a product that is excellent. Not a *modified* male or unisex ski; this is designed by women for women.
Elan makes incredible skis, and these are no exception. 94 underfoot gives you enough width to handle new snow and variable conditions, but their unique right and left designed ski offer superior stability while carving as they are designed specifically for both the inside and outside edge. Their amphibio concept allows for an ultra light weight ski while still being stable, and up for the task of conquering whatever the mountain throws at you that day.
Honestly, it can be skied all over the mountain. These really excel in soft snow and blasting through crud. Great long term and one ski quiver for where you ski! If you plan on spending most of your time poppin around the soft bumps, taking some quick turns through trees, and then laying down some carves on the groomers these will be perfect.
Elan Ripstick 88 W Skis · Women's · 2022
They have a special sidecut shape for the left and right sides to give a one of a kind turning feel that no other brand has! They're extremely lightweight for easy maneuverability but still stiff enough to tackle anything on the mountain with ease! A bit narrow for super deep powder but they're so light giving pretty good powder performance as well!
Elan makes great skis, and their Ripstick line is some of the best! Super carvable and has a lively feel. These skis are unique in the fact that they have a left and right ski making the design specific to both the inside and outside edge providing excellent control and stability!
Elan WILDCAT 76 LS Ski w/ ELW 9.0 GW SHIFT BLK/PURPLE Bindings · 2022
This is an awesome option for intermediate riding for the resort! A super stable click in binding will give you security and confidence whether it be crusiing with the kiddos or making some faster laps on your own! These have a full wood core making them lively and responsive without adding a lot of weight. At 76 underfoot, these will perform great on groomed runs and will initiate turns with ease maiking them a fun-all-day kind of ski.
Elan Wingman 86 Ti Skis · 2023
The wingman 86 TI's RIP. These get edge to edge effortlessly and are packed with Titanal. A metal beam in the ski keeps it stiff under foot and slightly softer on the tip and tail. Fun ski for east coast groomers.
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