All-Mountain Wide Skis

Best Men’s All-Mountain Wide Skis of 2022: Elan Ripstick Black Edition 106

These black betties love to go fast and float in deep pow. Check out how they did according to the SKI Magazine SKI Test Crew.

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Brand: Elan

Model: Ripstick Black Edition 106

Overall Ranking: #5

Overall Score: 3.87 / 5


Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)


Lengths (cm)

164, 172, 180, 188

Radius (m)

18.1 (180 length)

Waist Width (mm)





Intermediate to Expert

Rocker Technology


Core Material

Wood, Carbon

Stability at Speed

3.93 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

4.14 / 5


3.86 / 5


3.96 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.64 / 5

Crud Performance

3.64 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.79 / 5


3.96 / 5


While a top-five overall score in the All-Mountain Wide category is noteworthy, what’s most impressive is the Elan Ripstick Black Edition 106 is that it’s the highest-ranked all-mountain wide ski without metal. What makes the Black Edition a great ski without Titanal is the additional asymmetrical carbon laminate over the wood core. The core also has additional rods running lengthwise through the ski in key locations, a technology the brand calls “QuadRod Technology.”

The result of all this additional carbon is an extra level of snappiness. Testers loved it, giving the Ripstick Black Edition 106 the highest category score in Quickness/Maneuverability. It was especially comfortable in terrain that dictates where to turn. “Felt right at home in tight trees.” says tester Mike Britt. “Very quick and maneuverable with a balanced feel.”

Another key aspect of the Elan Ripstick Black Edition 106 not having metal is that it’s easy to manage and even more enjoyable at more moderate speeds, which testers rewarded with a second-place score for Forgiveness. Plus, relative to some of the heavier hitters in this category, it also has a weight that transitions into the backcountry well. “This Ripstick was very smooth and fluid,” notes tester Todd Casey. “It held very well in multiple turn shapes, sizes, and different speeds. It was pretty unflappable traveling between groomer and crud at a decent rate of speed.”

  • Strengths: Quickness/Maneuverability (1st in category), Forgiveness (2nd)
  • Weaknesses: Crud Performance (12th), Flotation (10th)

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