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Elan Ripstick 94 W (2017)

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ELAN Ripstick 94 W

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Rating: 3.26 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 94
Tip/Tail/Waist: 134-94-109
Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177

Stability at speed: 3.69 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.30 / 5
Crud performance: 3.24 / 5
Flotation: 3.19 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.36 / 5
Overall: 3.26 / 5

The Ripstick line is a sudden, significant improvement for Elan. Remember it’s left/right dedicated, shaped so you get a knifey, cambered inside edge and a smeary, rockered outside edge. The result is multitool versatility. It’s unaccountably buoyant for such a narrow ski, yet its hard- pack arcs are better than expected from a 94-mm waist. Ratico: “Somehow both damp and nimble, which gave me the confidence to really push it.”

Though designated a women's ski, the Ripstick 94 W makes no condescending compromises in performance. It's the same construction as the men's models, with virtually the same dimensions as the men's Ripstick 96. It expects to be driven hard, likely by expert freeriders in Western locales. 

The Ripstick series is a new collection of fat freeriders from Elan, replacing the Spectrum series. Ripstick waist widths range from a powder-specific 116 mm down to 96 mm, with a women's specific version at 94 mm. All feature Elan's unique Amphibio profile. Amphibio skis are right/left dedicated, with mirror-image rocker/camber profiles in the forebody of each ski. The inside edges are cambered all the way to the tip, so the working ski has the benefits of camber: tip-to-tail edge grip, and rebound energy out of the turn. The outside edges are rockered, so the uphill edge is looser in the snow, easier to pivot and steer, better able to absorb terrain shocks. All Amphibios are wood-core constructions, with Elan's new Tubelight reinforcement: sections of foam with embedded hollow carbon tubes, running tip to tail near each edge, delivering the strength and rebound energy of wood without the weight. Elan's Vaportip Inserts are designed to banish the tip-flap that plagues some rockered skis: Two shallow channels are milled into the top of the core through the rocker zone, then filled with sheets of elastomer foam that dampen vibrations without adding weight. All Ripsticks are built with Elan's SST sidewalls, which are angled inward at the top for moderate edginess and to withstand abuse from the opposing ski's edge. All are metal-free, for light weight and lively performance. All are sold flat (no binding). 

Elan is based in Behunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, where it was founded during World War II to make skis for Yugoslav partisans. Partner brands include Alpina boots. Long state-run, it was privatized in 2015, when a Russian venture capital fund acquired a 95 percent stake. -J.C.

Notes: Though designated a women's ski, the Ripstick 94 W makes no condescending compromises in performance. It's the same construction as the men's models, with virtually the same dimensions as the men's Ripstick 96. It expects to be driven hard, likely by expert freeriders in Western locales. 

The Ripstick series is a new collection of fat freeriders from Elan, replacing the Spectrum series. Ripstick waist widths range from a powder-specific 116 mm down to 96 mm, with a women's specific version at 94 mm. All feature Elan's unique Amphibio profile. Amphibio skis are right/left dedicated, with mirror-image rocker/camber profiles in the forebody of each ski. The inside edges are cambered all the way to the tip, so the working ski has the benefits of camber: tip-to-tail edge grip, and rebound energy out of the turn. The outside edges are rockered, so the uphill edge is looser in the snow, easier to pivot and steer, better able to absorb terrain shocks. All Amphibios are wood-core constructions, with Elan's new Tubelight reinforcement: sections of foam with embedded hollow carbon tubes, running tip to tail near each edge, delivering the strength and rebound energy of wood without the weight. Elan's Vaportip Inserts are designed to banish the tip-flap that plagues some rockered skis: Two shallow channels are milled into the top of the core through the rocker zone, then filled with sheets of elastomer foam that dampen vibrations without adding weight. All Ripsticks are built with Elan's SST sidewalls, which are angled inward at the top for moderate edginess and to withstand abuse from the opposing ski's edge. All are metal-free, for light weight and lively performance. All are sold flat (no binding). 

Elan is based in Behunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, where it was founded during World War II to make skis for Yugoslav partisans. Partner brands include Alpina boots. Long state-run, it was privatized in 2015, when a Russian venture capital fund acquired a 95 percent stake. -J.C.

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