2020 Elan Ripstick 102 W

The Elan Ripstick 102 W is the widest women’s specific model in the Ripstick Feeride collection. The Ripstick skis have carved a niche in the industry with their blend of forgiveness, ease of use, yet high performance ceiling. They’re not the stiffest skis, and they’re impressively lightweight, but Elan’s TNT technology with 3-dimensional carbon tubes provides plenty of torsional stiffness and stability. Their asymmetrical Amphibio design utilizes more rocker along the outside edge and camber along the inside edge, which gives the skis a very intuitive and balanced feel through all sorts of different turn shapes. While this ski falls into the freeride category, we expect it to be quite versatile across the whole mountain, especially for women who prefer wider skis.

Jascha Herlihy skied the 170 cm Ripstick 102 W and seemed to fall in love with the ski. She did mention that she would’ve preferred a longer length, and there is an available 177 cm length in the Ripstick 102, so if you are similar to Jascha as a skier you may consider going longer. That said, she said it felt “short, but manageable.” That length didn’t stop her from scoring the Ripstick 102 W 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness/maneuverability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, versatility, and overall impression. “These skis are the bread and butter of all-mountain skis. You can take them from second gear to sixth with ease and they don’t crumble underneath you with speed. For an intermediate skier, these will take their confidence to the moon.” That’s something we’ve always found impressive with the Ripstick skis. They feel great at slow speed and don’t demand an expert skier, but when you open it up and ski aggressively, they respond well. “The versatility of these skis is crazy with an incredible amount of control. From chundery hard park to soft and slushy laps, these skis will go anywhere.”

Kelsey Boleski also skied the 170 cm length, and like Jascha, thought it was a little small for her. “170 cm was ok, but I could have gone longer.” Still, that didn’t stop her from rewarding it high scores, including 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness/maneuverability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression. While these ladies feel they could have gone longer, they still loved the performance of the 170 cm. Kelsey found it was quick and easy to maneuver, yet performed admirably at speeds on firm snow. “Living up to its name, the Ripstick 102 W performs like a race ski on groomers.”

Caroline Kessler, our third tester on the Ripstick 102 W, also found the 170 cm length to be a bit short. Editor’s note: these three women are all quite accomplished skiers with strong technique, so keep that in mind if you’re determining length. “Holds an edge well even at high speeds. Cuts right through crud. No speed limit even at the shorter length. Great ski for a confident all-mountain skier who wants to pop around through moguls and trees, but also rip big turns on fresh groomers.” All three of our testers on the Ripstick 102 all found a similar blend of maneuverability off-piste and ability to hold an edge well on-piste. That’s an impressive accomplishment for any ski, let alone a ski that has such a light weight, forgiving feel as the Ripstick 102 W.

If you’re looking for versatility and you like to ski a wide range of terrain and snow conditions, it’s hard to look past the Ripstick 102 W. We put it on the feet of some aggressive women skiers and it lived up to their expectations and met their demands easily. Somehow, it’s easy to ski, yet hard to push past its limits. An intermediate skier will love its approachability, lightweight feel, and forgiving nature, while an expert will be blown away by its versatility and what they can accomplish on it.


Kelsey Boleski

Age: 29Height: 5'8"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride oriented with a competitive background

Jascha Herlihy

Age: 19Height: 5'9"Weight: 195 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive and fearless with a playful soul

Caroline Kessler

Age: 24Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and aggressive, yet playful

10 Comments on the “2020 Elan Ripstick 102 W”

  1. Why not have a skier that is 5’3″ demo the ski? The women testing these skis are aggressive and tall skiers. Short skiers are also powerful – Just a thought.

    1. Hi Syyd!
      We try to do the best with what we’ve got. In this instance, it looks like the only length we had to test was the 170, so I think only our taller testers gravitated towards that one. Thanks for the feedback!

    1. Hi Sarah!
      I just weighed the 163 and it came in at 1667 grams per ski. I didn’t have the 156 to measure. Have fun, they look amazing!

  2. I demoed the 163 today at Park City. I am 5’2 and this ski rocked all conditions. Was icy in the morning then soft snow then mushy and heavy because it was warm in the afternoon Not for beginners but if you are strong I think you will like it

  3. I love the sound of the Ripsticks and am wondering about sizing. I am an advanced female skier (do a mix of backcountry, single black diamond, and double black diamond depending on conditions). I’m 5’9″ and 135lbs, looking for a bit of an all mountain workhorse that I can ride in mixed Western conditions, enjoy skiing trees, and handle the occasional powder day.

    Should I go with the 170cm or 177cm? Normally I’m good with a long ski but want to make sure a longer length can handle well in trees if I got with it.

    1. Hi Shelby!
      I think the weight of the ski and how maneuverable it is by nature puts you in the 177. Additionally, we’ve found Elan’s skis to measure short, not just feel short, so the 177 is actually more like a 175.5–we’ve noticed about a cm and a half off in the Ripstick models. Have fun!

  4. I’m looking for a pair of skis for my wonderful wife. She has a quiver but wants a ski to use to blast through crud after the fresh pow is gone. With ski essentials help she got a pair of pandora 110 and had her best pow days ever this season. But she felt that she got kicked around alot in the afternoon partly because they are so light. She has a pair of soul 7hd which she gets kicked around on as well. She also has a pair of older k2 sidekicks which she loves to bust up the crud with but finds them hard to maneuver moguls. She is an advanced level skier but is NOT an aggressive skier. I was eyeing up the sheeva 10 but now this 102 ripstick is looking good too. I had the santa ana 104 free on the list but I have read that the sheeva 10 is better at crud and chop. She likes to do short to medium radius turns at moderate speeds (below 45mph). How would these 3 skis compare? I think she would like a ski with some metal and weight for this purpose, but Elans carbon rids are kinda magical. Thank you. Happy Chad

    1. HI Happy Chad!
      I would say the Santa Ana 104 is still the most stable on that list, with the Ripstick being on the other end. The Sheeva occupies the middle in terms of crud stability and performance. If you’re looking for more power than the Pandora, I don’t think you’re going to get it in the Ripstick. The Sheeva is the next on the list with the Santa Ana being the burliest. Have fun!

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