Model: Ripstick 102 W
Overall Ranking: #11
Overall Score: 3.68 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
154, 162, 170, 178
15.8m (162cm length)
Waist Width (mm)
Stability at Speed
4.09 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability
3.64 / 5
3.73 / 5
3.50 / 5
Hard Snow Performance
3.77 / 5
3.73 / 5
Balance of Skills
3.68 / 5
3.73 / 5
Featuring a more directional shape than the other skis in this category, the Elan Ripstick 102 was built for speed and sending it down the fall line. This perennial favorite always scores high in Stability at Speed accordingly, with testers commenting it skis more like a wide race ski than a fatter all-mountain stick.
“Ripstick is a very appropriate name for this ripping ski,” comments tester Erika Northrop. “Don’t stop until you hit the lift.”
While our ex racers love this quality, some testers gripe that the ski feels a little burly and inflexible. That’s probably because this ski features Elan’s Carbon Line Technology paired with the brand’s TubeLite Core that’s also reinforced with carbon rods. That’s a lot of carbon, which is a lightweight material but one that tends to be stiff and inflexible. The result is that the Elan Ripstick 102 is sturdier than its weight lets on.
“This is a beefy ski,” comments former U.S. Ski Teamer Katie Ryan. “Felt like there were weights attached to the bases. The ski is nice and sturdy through crud because of this, and great on groomers, but not the most playful.”
Because of this, testers rated the Elan Ripstick 102 W low in Quickness, Playfulness, and gave it the lowest category scores in Forgiveness. Testers just felt that the Ripstick 102 W is a lot of work, even for strong, athletic skiers.
“These skis like to turn on groomers and at high speed, but it’s tough to get them moving at slower speeds and in crud or bumps. They’re slower to react there,” notes tester Courtney Harkins.
That said, experts who gravitate toward a no-nonsense, all-mountain ride and intermediates who need a solid and stable platform underfoot to coax them off the groomers will dig this ski.
“The Ripstick 102 W is solid, stable, and powerful,” says tester Stephanie Humes. “It rips groomers like a carver yet is completely capable off-piste. Ski it confidently and it won’t disappoint you.”
- Strengths: Stability at Speed (8th), Crud Performance (11th)
- Weaknesses: Forgiveness (13th), Versatility (11th)