2020 Elan Ripstick 88 Women's Skis
Elan Ripstick 88 Women's Skis
The all-new 2020 Elan Ripstick 88 Women's skis are an ideal choice for ladies who love to rip up the whole mountain. Built mainly as a front-side stick with all-mountain capabilities, the Ripstick 88 W is a new shape that builds off of the other Ripstick models in Elan's line. Best when used by intermediate and above skier levels, the Ripstick 88 W has a high-performance ceiling and a high-end feel. Built with Elan's tubelite wood core, the skis have a very light, yet stable feel, mostly due to the carbon tubes that line the wood core. This technology increases the fore-aft stiffness and makes the ski hold a strong edge. The vapor tip inserts replace the wood in the tip with a composite material, and this increases maneuverability and quickness by lowering the swing weight of the ski. With more material and mass in the underfoot areas, the skis have a strong carving prowess while remaining fun and playful in the tips and tails. In the softer snow, you'll love the Amphibio rocker profile. This creates more of a sidways rocker versus a front to back. As a result, the skis have more pressure and material over the inside edge of the ski and a more playful and flexible feel on the outside or uphill edge. The end result is a smooth-as-silk turning feel, and when you get in the softer snow, it'll help with floatation up and over fresh snow and crud. Advanced lady skiers will love the versatility of the 2020 Elan Ripstick 88 Women's skis.
- Sidecut: 130/88/105 mm at 163 cm length
- Turn Radius: 14.2 meters at 163 cm length
- Tubelite Wood Core
- Amphibio Rocker Profile
- Vapor Tip
- Fiberglass Laminate
- Ability Level: Advanced Skiers
They'll definitely make a good dual-purpose ski--we talk about the Ripstick line all the time in that regard. Have fun!
I've been downhill skiing since I was 2 y.o. I switchd to nordic ski racing from 16-22 y.o., and have been touring in lighter A/T set-ups ever since.
I'm looking to get back on on-piste with my alpine boots this winter and charge downhills again without the chatter of my lighter skis, and enjoy being more aggressive in a different set-up. But I'm also so used to the maneuvarabilty of lighter skis in the woods and on bumps at this point, I don't want to get something too heavy. Still want to feel playful! And eventually still transition this ski to a heavier A/T set-up if needed.
I watch your 2022 Women's Review (amazing, thank you for taking women's skis seriously with technical information!) and the Elan Ripsticks, K2 Mindbenders, and Salomon QST Lux's all stood out to be as interesting options. Your thoughts?
We have just the ski suggestion for you, skis light enough for the up but still provide a capable downhill resort experience through all you would encounter- groomers, ice, bumps, trees, steeps, etc. Put the right kind of 50/50 resort tour binding on them like a Salomon Shift or a Marker Kingpin and you have a set up that can tour as well as do hot laps on the lifts. Here are our recommendations:
Elan Ripstick Tour 94:
Nordica Santa Anna Unlimited 93
There are also wider and narrow widths available for both of these skis, but the mid-90's width are best for all-mountain versatility.
Hope this helps and think snow!