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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