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Elan Black Edition Ripstick 96 (2020)

2020 Men's All-Mountain Ski Review

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Brand: Elan

Model: Black Edition Ripstick 96


Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

134/96/113

Lengths (cm)

167, 174, 181, 188

Radius (m)

18

Gender

Male

Level

Advanced

Quickness / Maneuverability

3.93 / 5

Playfulness

3.57 / 5

Forgiveness

4.14 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

4 / 5

Crud Performance

3.93 / 5

Flotation

3.86 / 5

 

2020 elan ripstick 96 black edition
The Elan Black Edition Ripstick 96.Photo courtesy of Elan

Building off the success of the Ripstick line, the Slovenian brand added a layer of black carbon to the Black Edition Ripstick that gives the ski a unique level of smoothness throughout the turn, and provides even more stability at speed. Testers gave it highest marks in forgiveness, indicating that this Ripstick won’t punish you for being a little less than perfect at the end of a ski day.

STRENGTHS: Forgiveness, Stability at Speed

WEAKNESS: Playfulness

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