2022 Elan Ripstick 106 Skis
Elan Ripstick 106 Skis
The Ripstick line has undergone some nice upgrades for 2022 and the Ripstick 106 model is a prime example of a modern freeride ski. Built for skiers looking for fun and excitement in softer snow conditions, the Elan Ripstick 106 skis are a perfect choice. These models are all about having fun and using the mountain as your playground. The 106 benefits from a new tip and tail shape that makes turning, smearing, and carving easier and more enjoyable. This new shape makes it easier to slide into turns while the tail is a bit straighter to accommodate a more linear finish to the turn. They're not hooky or grabby, so playfulness is certainly at a premium here with these 106's. Elan has added Carbon Reinforcement to the skis, and in true Elan form, this only takes place on the inside portions of the ski from the midpoint to the tip. They're keeping the skis asymmetrical, and this is a good thing as far as we're concerned. It makes the ski function as more of a cohesive unit rather than two independent sticks. The roundness of the overall shape and build of the ski really sets it apart from the competition. Like years past, the carbon rods and tubelite wood core carry through, and again, this is a good thing. The carbon tubes that run the length of the skis are able to do a good amount of heavy lifting in terms of energy, without weighing much themselves.
- Sidecut: 143/106/120 mm
- Turn Radius: 18.1 meters at 180 cm length
- Carbon Line Technology
- Tubelite Wood Core
- Amphibio Rocker Profile
- Vapor Tip
- Carbon Rods
- Weight: 1790 Grams per Ski
- Ability Level: Advanced and Expert Skiers
All-Mountain • Big Mountain • Powder
Thank you for reaching out. The major difference in the two has to do with the carbon rods in the Black Edition that are not in the standard ripstick. That being said, Elon added more metal to the 2021 version of this ski so you end up with actually a very very similar skiing ski between the two.
Regarding sizing, I would say the ski skis a bit short however, use your opinion of the 181 you skied to dictate which size is best. If you liked the 181 than the 180 might be best for you here.
I am a 49yo 5'9" 165 West coast skier that is currently skiing Volkl Kanjo's that are 168mm in length. I am looking to add a ski to compliment the Kanjos that will better suited for soft snow/powder, trees and all around more versatile over the entire mountain (I will be keeping the Kanjos). I was originally thinking the Ripstick 96 but then started looking at the Ripstick 106, what are your thoughts on the 96 vs 106 for my situation? And what are your recommendations on the length?
Both the Ripstick 96 and 106 could work well for you as a powder ski. You'll get superior float with the 106 and with the 96, you get a somewhat quicker and more maneuverable ski but with slightly worse powder performance. Either ski would be a great compliment to your Kanjos. Sticking close to the length you're used to is the way to go, and the 172cm Ripstick should suit you well. Have fun out there!
We don't sell demo bindings or a system for this ski, unfortunately.
I'd lean to the 172. The skis are wide enough and stable enough to offer the proper amount of agility and flotation. Have fun!