All-Mountain Skis

Elan Ripstick 96

2021 Men's All-Mountain Ski Review

Brand: Elan

Model: Ripstick 96

Overall Rating: 3.75


Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)


Lengths (cm)

164, 172, 180, 188

Radius (m)



3.5 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

4.11 / 5


4.05 / 5


3.78 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.5 / 5

Crud Performance

3.72 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.89 / 5



2021 Elan Ripstick 96 Men's All-Mountain Ski
2021 Elan Ripstick 96 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Elan

On the scale of damp, heavy metal skis to playful, energetic types in the All-Mountain category, the new Elan Ripstick 96 would be the top dog on the latter side. Earning high marks for Quickness and Playfulness, the ski’s new Carbon Line Tech—a laminate placed over the asymmetrical ski’s inside edge—adds another level of energy that testers really enjoyed. The Ripstick is also light enough for backcountry use, adding an important level of versatility for skiers across the country. Elling: “Responds to whatever language you speak to it. Very versatile, easy to jump on and go.”

STRENGTHS: Quickness, Playfulness

WEAKNESSES: Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity

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