2023 Elan Ripstick 106 Black
The search for a powder ski that destroys hardpack is officially over. Designed with Glen Plake, the new Ripstick 106 Black Edition utilizes game changing QuadRod Technology to defeat the myth that fat skis are only for soft snow and proves hard charging skis can also be light and playful without sacrificing power and stability.
The evolution of the Ripstick Black Edition Collection sets the new standard for the powder category at impossibly high levels. Starting with our critically acclaimed TubeLite Woodcore that features two carbon rods following the sidecut of the ski, we then positioned two additional carbon rods in the center of the ski, in the tip and tail for optimal balance and power distribution. Next, we enhanced the Amphibio Profile by adding Carbon Line, a carbon weave placed along the inside edge for a smooth feel with great edge grip, in the tip and tail. The tech is anchored with an additional wall-to-wall layer of exclusive carbon under the binding for lightning-quick power transmission and stability, without interrupting the natural flex pattern, for unrivaled performance that is intuitively harnessed by the skier. Lastly, we cloaked this masterpiece in a stealth, black, camo wrap. The benchmark has been set for a lightweight, powerful ski that dominates powder and rugged terrain with versatility and ease, leaving bystanders speechless.
- Widest footprint
- Most flotation in category
- Best powder snow performance
- Premium materials and technology
- Expert skiers that prefer fresh snow & ungroomed terrain
Advanced - Expert
- If you enjoy hitting the biggest features in the park, aggressively carving high speed precision turns, and taking the steepest lines you can find, you will probably benefit from the features of an advanced - expert ski. These skis will be engineered with power, stiffness, and rigidity in mind. You will likely find layered construction with materials like carbon, metal and stiffer woods.
- Big Mountain and Powder skis will tend towards the stiffer side, usually with more rocker in the tip, and the tail having less. Hard chargers who prefer high speeds and bigger lines will benefit from the features these skis have to offer. These will typically be the widest skis and not be the best choice for piste.
- Touring skis are engineered to climb uphill (generally with skins) as well as ski downhill. They will generally have a lighter weight to width ratio; wider designs rocking deeper snow and skis thinner at the waist being more appropriate for spring/east coast/distance touring. These skis will work well with either telemark or alpine touring bindings.
- Freeride skis will be wider underfoot, but not as fat as a powder ski. They will perform well off piste but will still be dependable on the groomers. You’ll definitely see these skis with a tip rocker, but cambered underfoot; helping them float in deeper snow, yet keeping a grip on piste.
Amphibio (Elan Specific)
- Elan’s Amphibio technology is a hybrid rocker profile that splits camber and rocker between the inside edge and the outside edge of the ski, respectively. The full camber on the inside gives the skis precision edge grip while the rocker profile on the outside edge aids transition in turns, also providing float in deeper snow.