Elan Ripstick 96 Skis · 2023
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The Ripstick 96 is an incredibly capable ski that excels at providing powerful edge-to-edge turns on-piste but is no stranger to big mountain terrain. There aren't many skis that are equally as fun to carve as ride in powder, but the 96 might be that. Their only drawback is that they can be hard to maneuver in close quarters... but you can't have it all, right?
- Powerful carving machine
- Lightweight yet damp and stable
- Incredible versatile
- Not the easiest for making short turns
- Wouldn't recommend for a touring ski.
Praised by magazine testers and professional skiers alike for it's unique blend of lightweight performance, the Ripstick 96 is proven to be the ultimate freeride ski in all snow conditions.
If a smoothness indicator existed for skis, the Ripstick 96 would be off the charts! It is a true freeride ski that doubles as an all-mountain ski for those who want ultimate versatility on the mountain. It utilizes Amphibio Carbon Line Technology for dynamic power and precision and a re-shaped tip and tail taper design make it a perfect choice for every day, every turn shape, on any surface. It's wide enough to handle powder, yet narrow enough in the waist to grip and rip on the front side. With Amphibio profile for exceptional maneuverability and edge grip, SST sidewalls for direct power transmission, and Amphibio Carbon Line technology for stability and ease at any speed, the second generation of this multiple award winning ski provides a silky smooth ride no matter where your mountain exploration takes you.
The Elan Ripstick at a first glance looks impressive. The unique asymmetrical shaped skis have a designated left and right ski. It have a very wide Tip shovel at 136 and a tail width at 110 witch makes these ski excellent for powder days! As for the flex of the ski the tip is a very soft flex while at the underfoot and tail its very stiff making it the ultimate All-mountain ripper!
These skis are excellent at carving, you can really hard charge these on the groomers, but be carful they do tip chatter at very high speed. while the asymmetrical shaped give a unique fun feeling while carving they are a little weird to get used to.
As for the off-trail, they can actually handle pretty well in the soft snow thanks to the wide/soft tip shovel that the Ripstick have and they float really well as good as most powder skis even at a 96 underfoot. These feel really comfortable in the glades especially on a fresh powder day. however on a hard pack day I would stick to the groomers as the Ripstick doesn't do too well in the hard pack moguls due to having a stiffer tail. You have to really lean into the tips to initiate a quicker turn due to having a very soft flexing tip.
Over all these are fantastic skis and I really recommend these to anyone who favors groomer but occasionally go like to go off-trail.
- All Mountain, Favors more on-piste terrain
- Float in soft powder Great in trees
- Very Lightweight
- Asymmetrical shaped took me a few runs to get used to
- hard to turn in on hard pack moguls
- Not stable at high speed
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