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Elan Ripstick 96 (2017)

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ELAN Ripstick 96

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Rating: 3.14 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 96
Tip/Tail/Waist: 134-96-113
Lengths: 174, 181, 188

Stability at speed: 3.25 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.03 / 5
Crud performance: 2.59 / 5
Flotation: 2.99 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.33 / 5
Overall: 3.14 / 5

Elan brings back the awe- some Ripstick name for a new series of midfats that testers admired. This narrowest Ripstick is compact, light, and quick, with an arc-ready hard- snow game. It’s left/right dedicated, with full cam- ber on the working edge and smeary rocker on the uphill edge. The effect is subtle, but there’s no mistaking the Ripstick’s enthusiasm for medium arcs in soft snow. Rogan: “Stable for a lighter ski. Grippy for a wider ski.”

With its 96-mm waist width, Elan's new Ripstick 96 is a likely choice for expert freeriders who call Eastern resorts home. Wide enough for powder day fun, it's designed for hardpack performance as well, with full-camber inside edges for respectable carvability on all but the hardest snow. 

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: With its 96-mm waist width, Elan's new Ripstick 96 is a likely choice for expert freeriders who call Eastern resorts home. Wide enough for powder day fun, it's designed for hardpack performance as well, with full-camber inside edges for respectable carvability on all but the hardest snow. 

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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