Ripstick Black Edition
The Elan Ripstick Black Edition ski is an all-mountain ski with a heavy big-mountain influence. These 96mm sticks are extremely quick edge to edge and provide excellent edge hold and powerful control on firm pack, as well as lightweight durability, thanks to a forward thinking Amphibio profile and a carbon centered construction.
The Amphibio profile is foot specific because it combines camber on the inside edge with rocker on the outside edge of each ski. This combination allows for enhanced edge hold when carving combined with forgiveness and easy turn initiation so that you can slice and dice groomers with ease. Working with this progressive design the Tubelite core features two 5mm diameter carbon rods inside a wood core that help drive power to your edges and provide enhanced rebound. Finally carbon laminates and SST sidewall construction create a durable and damp ride that responds to your every move.
- Ski that blends all-mountain precision with big-mountain stability
- 96mm waist is quick edge to edge and provides decent float in pow
- Foot specific profiles blend edge hold and easy turn transitions
- Short radius promotes quick turns and excellent firm snow control
- TNT construction is lightweight while remaining high performance
- Tubelite wood core provides torsional rigidity and powerful rebound
- Carbon laminates enhance rebound and rigidity while remaining light
- Item #ELA001D
- Q & A
SR-71 of the ski world
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This ski is rad; matte black graphics and the ability to mach all over the mountain. Super light weight, but can still charge packed powder, crud, crust, and fresh groomers. Can't say how well it does in deep powder yet... Doesn't quite have the "no speed limit" like the Kastle MX89 and 99's that I demo'd, but at half the cost and weight it does pretty damn good and is more versatile all over the mountain. The stealth black graphics with neon green sidewalls and tip look killer. Hard to tell how much of a difference the amphibio tech makes, but it certainly doesn't hurt. Edge to edge transitions are super smooth and responsive. The 19m turn radius on the 188's allows for a quick nimble ski in bumps and trees, while still allowing for long, hip down-hand dragging, carved turns on the groomers. I was looking for a ski to use between powder dumps as an on-piste ripper that was capable of venturing into the trees and mixed snow conditions while still being super fun to rip down groomers. Super happy with this selection so far! Should note: the Backcountry description mentions nothing about the binding in the picture. I asked the gearheads and they said the ski doesn't come with a binding, but it does. It's an Elan branded Tyrolia attack 13. However, it doesn't come with a brake for some reason, luckily my local ski shop had one that would fit.
These ski like a dream the amphibio technology makes turning so easy. Handles great in the powder, on bumps, and even ice. Highly recommend