This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
The Ripstick 106 first appeared in our shop as an all-black prototype ski about six months before Elan brought it to market. It was, frankly, a stunner in both look and performance. That black topsheet was killer, and the ski crushed variable spring conditions. Most of us spent at least a few days on that prototype in March and April, surfing spring powder at Eldora, navigating slushy bumps at A-Basin, or ripping corned-up groomers at Copper. The Ripstick handled everything we threw at it. It was wide enough to float in the deep, nimble enough for tight spaces, and stable enough at reckless speeds. Elan built its reputation on precise frontside carving machines, but the Ripstick 106 takes aim at the freeride category. And, in that world, it's a winner. They should've left it black, though.
In Depth Staff Reviews:
Elan Skis, Back in Black.
2020 is coming in hot with Elan's new lineup. Over the past few seasons, the Ripsticks have been a wild success, and Elan harnesses that momentum in 2020 with some big advances. We're most excited for Elan's carbon-driven Black Edition skis and their brand new Wingman Series. Check out what's in store for 2020 Elan Skis.
2020 Elan Skis Highlights
Elan's new Wingman series will take off in 2020. The Wingmans provide a hot new take on the tried-and-true Ripsticks. The Wingmans have the power, rebound, and spirit of the Ripsticks in a narrower package. Plus, they have Elan's asymmetrical Amphibio shape, which gives the skis a long effective inside edge for carving, and a rockered outside edge to enable tighter turns. What's not to love?
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By: Matt McDonald
Check out our preview of 2020 Elan skis.
Highlights from the 2019 Elan skis lineup:
Special Edition Ripstick
Elan's Ripstick series, an ultra-versatile all-mountain/big-mountain line that incorporates their Amphibio technology, have been met with widespread approval over the last couple years. They're light, skiable, fast, stable, and just plain fun.
To celebrate the line, they introduce a limited-release Black Edition Ripstick 96 this year that features more carbon and profiles as a harder charging version of its cousins.
Light Touring Skis, New Amphibios
Elan brings back their line of carbon-happy, lightweight touring skis for 2019. The possibilities for a Ripstick/Ibex quiver are pretty enticing.
That said, Elan also brings two new faces to ... Continue Reading
2020 Elan Ripstick 106 Description:
The Ripstick 106 doesn't get the fanfare it deserves. Like a stealth fighter jet it flies under the radar of the ski industry, but if you happen upon it the ski will reward you with powerful and confidence inspiring performance in every condition across the entire mountain. Elan uses their TNT technology to keep the weight down and the flex supportive by utilizing full length carbon tubes and vapor tip inserts. The rockered tip lends float and the flatter tail gives the ski a smooth and confident exit to turns. The radius strikes a sweet spot between straight line stability and corduroy ripping agility. Elan's Amphibio technology means that these skis are designed to work as left and right specific skis. The rocker profile is oriented specifically on each ski to allow for better float, but also easier turn initiation and a more intuitive ride. The Ripstick line of skis is a favorite of Powder7 staffers, and we feel confident saying it will be a favorite of yours this season. You know you've always wanted a stealth fighter jet.
2020 Elan Ripstick 106 Specs:
|Weight:||3660 grams (per pair for size 181cm) Learn more about ski weights|