2022 Elan Ripstick 88 Skis

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Elan Ripstick 88 Skis

Steeps, bumps, moguls, or trees, these skis can really do it all. It's not just that they can do it all, it's how they do it that's incredibly awesome. For this year, the Ripstick 88 gets a bit of an upgrade in the carving department with the addition of Carbon Line technology. By placing an additional strip of carbon along the inside edges of the skis, you get a good deal more power and grip versus the previous model. Skiers who may have felt the "older" Ripstick was too soft underfoot will definitely like these changes. In addition to holding a stronger edge in a carved turn, the skis are also quicker thanks to this addition, as carbon really livens up the ski, especially underfoot. For quick turns and fans of moguls and trees, the Elan Ripstick 88 offers all you can dream of. They're light and fast with a ton of energy. The wood core combined with the carbon rods that run the length of the ski create an incredible amount of power for such a light weight. This makes bumps and trees totally accessible, and available for mastery for a number of different levels of skier. As a result of the versatile shape and light weight build, the Elan Ripstick 88 for presents a phenomenal blend of all things fun. Suitable for intermediate to lighter expert skiers, the Ripstick 88 is a fun-loving ski with tons of character.


  • Sidecut: 130/88/105 mm
  • Turn Radius: 15.4 meters at 172 cm length
  • Weight: 1550 grams at 180 cm length
  • Tubelite Wood Core
  • Amphibio Rocker Profile
  • Carbon Line Technology
  • Carbon Rods
  • Vapor Tips
  • Ability Level: Advanced Skiers

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I am looking for a fun all mountain ski and need some advice I have read the reviews done some research and i have a couple of questions. I am narrowing done my options to two skis and two widths. The Blizzard Rustler 9 and 10, and the Elan Ripstick 88 and 96. I spend most of my time skiing moguls and trees, and I ski the west coast, so the snow is softer. I am also 55 and so the narrower easier/quicker turning skis are appealing but is a 96 better for softer conditions? Any input would be much appreciated for models and widths
Question by: eric otten on Nov 25, 2020, 12:26 PM
You're on the right track here. If you're looking to optimize quickness in off-piste terrain, I think you'll really like the RIpsticks. The Rustlers are great skis, but with the metal laminate, they're a little heavier. From everything you've said, I think the Ripstick 96 might be the sweet spot and the way to go. 96 will give you more float for soft snow, and you're not giving up much in terms of edge to edge quickness. Considering you spent most of your time skiing moguls and trees, I think that's the way to go. If you were more of a 50/50 skier or spent more time on groomers, the 88 would be a good choice.
Answer by: Jeff Neagle on Nov 28, 2020, 11:08 AM
Hey guys,

I've been looking at the Ripstick 88, Kore 87/93, Declivity 88c, and QST 92 as a one-ski quiver for the east coast. I probably ski ~65% groomers / 30% bumps / 5% trees. I do enjoy carving big turns, though I'm not hitting race speeds. So, in short, I've been looking for an all-mountain ski that can carve at decent speeds, play in the bumps, and perhaps handle the occasional foray into the trees.

I demoed the Kore 87 in a 170 last weekend, and while I enjoyed how nimble they are, I found them a bit stiff for me in the bumps. I'm a 5'7", 148 lbs, 45 yo advanced skier. Any thoughts?

Question by: Mike on Feb 16, 2022, 3:14 PM
HI Mike!
I'd go with Ripstick 88. If you liked the quickness of the Kore, the Ripstick does the same but with a better flex pattern for bumps and trees. I'd look to that 88 in a 172. Declivity 88 is a close second.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 17, 2022, 5:42 PM
My glory days are behind me, but my best skiing is not . . . It’s just different now.

These days I spend 60-70% of my time making short turns near the edges of blue trails at medium speed skiing with my kids. When left alone, I spend most of my time in the bumps and trees (like 30-35%) and on occasion will still rip a speed run down the mountain (like 5%). I know its the Goldilocks syndrome, but I’m looking for a single quiver NE ski to use in NY, PA and VT. I otherwise have a 110 powder ski for out west, but am looking for a recommendation for a NE All Mountain ski. I’ve narrowed my search down to the Ripstick 88 and Rustler 9 based on the excellent SE reviews. What do you think as between those two skis, or is there something else that you would recommend.

Also, I am in my 40s, 5’11” and 225 pounds - what’s the right length?
Question by: J.F. on Feb 27, 2022, 4:03 PM
HI J.F.!
Welcome to the club!
For your application, I'd go with the Ripstick. Still a great option for bumps and trees but also amazing on the groomers. Rustler will give you a bit more grip and stability, but it sounds like you just don't need it all the time. I skied the 88 again last week and was reminded at how great and complete of a ski it is, from groomers to off-piste. Rustler is great, and one of the most well-rounded skis out there, but the Elan just has an energetic feel for being so easy to ski. I'd look to the 180 in either model. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 28, 2022, 10:39 AM
There have been a few questions asked about the 88 vs 96 Ripstick, but wanted to ask a question specific to my quiver. I live and ski in Idaho and only resort ski right now. I'm looking for a more fun ski to replace my Dynastar Legend 88's as a narrower all around ski to complement my QST 106's. I'm leaning toward the 88's, but I favor performance in the trees and off trail to groomers so would I be better off with the 96, or would that have too much overlap with my QSTs? Thanks for the advice!
Question by: John on Feb 28, 2021, 11:19 AM
Hi John!
I think the 96's make a good one-ski quiver, but if you are going to replace the 88's I'd replace with another 88. Especially in a resort setting, I think the 88 is more useful. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 2, 2021, 10:59 AM
I'm looking to purchase a second pair of skis. I purchased Elan Wingman 78Ti 168cm last season. While they work incredibly well on groomed trails, I'd also like to add a more versatile ski that can handle the northeast crud and slush and a ski I can also use to get into off piste terrain. My wingman are heavy, so something lighter and more relaxed would be great. I'm leaning towards these ripstick and I've read great things about them.

I've also been recommended to check out kenja,deacons, brahama and enforcers. I'm 27, 5'7" and about 160. I would say I'm between intermediate and advanced. I'll see groomed blacks but would like to be able to get into glades and more variable snow conditions. Not sure if I should go 164 or 172 with these, as the 168 wingman are between my eyebrows and top of head
Question by: Nick on Nov 11, 2021, 1:53 PM
Hello Nick,

Thanks for your inquiry,

We would recommend the Elan Ripstick 88 if you want to stick to Elan. A staff favorite one-ski quiver here at SE, it extremely versatile and is a very lightweight, approachable ski that excels in off-piste terrain- powder, trees, crud, slush, windblown, really any condition and terrain that comes its way. It also has no metal in its build yet can still ski groomers quite well.

The Kenja, Decaons and Brahmas all have metal in them and are heavy, front-sided skis like your Wingman, so very similar in front-side performance and weight.

Hope this helps and THINK SNOW!


Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Nov 12, 2021, 11:32 AM
I've been skiing the Navigator 85 and although it is a good ski it just feels to locked in and boring. Would this my best bet for daily a driver or could I go to the 96 for a daily driver and just use the Navigator for hard pack days? I'm 5'6 140 skiing 90% on trail in Idaho.
Question by: Jeff on Nov 26, 2020, 1:57 PM
If you like the idea of just having one pair of skis, then I think the Ripstick 88 makes the most sense, but if you're thinking about keeping the Navigator 85, then adding the 96 would make a nice little 2 ski quiver. What you're feeling on the Navigator is kind of part of its design with its flatter, squared off tail. It likes to be locked in and hold its edge. You'll get more versatility out of either Ripstick, although the 96 will give you more soft snow performance. Even though you're on tail 90% of the time, I'm sure you get a decent amount of days with softer snow conditions.
Answer by: Jeff Neagle on Nov 28, 2020, 11:30 AM
need some help with the Ripstick true tip to tail measurement. the 96, 106 2 yrs ago measured 4 cm shorter than the stated length, that's a lot, 1 or 2 cm is not noticeable. 4 is almost another size . i want to size down to a 164 cm in the 88. would it be possible to do a tip to tail measurement on the 88's? i'm also wondering if this could be too short for me at 5'-7'' 145 lbs advanced skier been skiing on the navigator 80 in a 165 which measured 164 cm. which was good for me on groomers medium speed, it did get a little pushed around in wet snow piles above med. speed.
Question by: david on Apr 9, 2022, 1:37 PM
Hi David!

Took a measurement of the 88's for you and the 164 is actually the closest out of the Ripstick line up to the advertised 164 length at 163.8cm. Based on your info here the 164 would fall into the intermediate category for your height and weight so sizing up would offer more stability at speed if you wanted to ski them a little more aggressively.

Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 13, 2022, 11:25 AM
Hi SE Team!

I appreciate all of your reviews and insights. I am 32 yrs old and just getting back into skiing after taking 15 years off. I was quick to pick things back up this year and would describe my abilities to be on the low end of intermediate. I stick mostly to blues and was able to tackle a few blacks out west at Palisades. I live in the east and plan to ski mostly in PA/NY, and VT with 1-2 trips out west per year. I am looking for a fun ski that requires low effort overall and into the turns, is energetic, can hold up at a moderate pace (no racing or carving too crazy), and can handle most conditions. I plan to spend 80%+ of my time on groomers with some venturing through trees and off piste. I'm 5' 11'' tall and weigh 170 lbs.

Q1: Would you recommend the Ripstick 88 relative to the Wingman 86 Ti, Rustler 9, Mindbender 90c, Declivity 88c, or similar alternatives?

Q2: Would you recommend the 172 or 180 length? The longest rentals I've skied to date are 156 cm. I'm looking for something that would not be too difficult of a transition at the start while continuing to work well in the coming years as I continue to advance in my abilities.

I look forward to hearing your perspective!
Question by: Aaron on Mar 27, 2022, 1:43 PM
HI Aaron!
When you mention fun, the Ripstick certainly juts to the front of the list. Declivity 88 also is right there, perhaps with a bit more of an on-trail personality. The 90C doesn't really have a fantastic personality, and the Rustler and Wingman might be on the more demanding side. I'd go with the 180 in the Ripstick--it runs a bit short, or the 176 in the 88C. It may feel like a jump at first from the 156, but I think you'll settle in nicely. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 28, 2022, 10:31 AM
Hi there,
I'm 5'9" 175 lbs, 60 years old. I've been skiing with Rossignol Bandit B3 at 160. Absolutely love the ski but it's time for something new. I live/ski in the east and usually take 1 trip out west. I am an advanced skier, love the bumps, groomers and bowls. When out west I like jumping into the trees and skiing some chutes. I've been recommended either the Rossignol Experience 86B, the Blizzard Brahma 82 and the Elan Ripstick 88. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks, David
Question by: David on Dec 22, 2021, 9:38 AM
Hi David,

All excellent choices for a mid-80's underfoot ski.

Out of the three, we would go with the Ripstick. An SE tester favorite, its an incredibly versatile ski. Groomers, bumps, bowls, chutes, trees, any condition (Except deep powder)and terrain this ski does it all and is very approachable.

Go with the 172cm length.

Hope this helps and happy holidays!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Dec 22, 2021, 10:35 AM
I am a 44 yr. old, 6 foot, 165lb improving intermediate skier that is interested in investing in a pair of skis after years of renting. I ski with my family (two enthusiastic kids and my advanced/expert wife) in the east on small to midsize mountains with the occasional bigger mountain (Whiteface, etc.) here and there. Looking for a fun ski to continue to improve on and the Ripstik 88 looks great. At my height and ability would the 172 or 180 be a better fit? Never skied anything longer than 170, so seeking advice on length. Comfortable skiing all greens and getting more comfortable on the blues as I improve. Ultimate realistic goal is being super comfortable on all blues with an occasional tougher run if feeling adventurous. Also considering K2 Mindbender 90c and Salomon QST 92. Any other recommendations? Thanks!
Question by: Edgardo on Sep 2, 2021, 2:12 PM
HI Edgardo!
We're huge fan of the Ripstick 88. I would say that your height, combined with the light weight of the ski, as well as the fact that the Elan's measure about 1.5 cm short, put you in the 180. QST 92 is a bit heavier and slower, and the K2 is a nice comparison to the Ripstick, just a bit wider with not as high of a ceiling. I think you'll be totally stoked on the Ripstick 88. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Sep 3, 2021, 10:26 AM
Dear Ski Essentials,

I am looking to replace a touring setup (Volkl VWerks BMT @ 186cm) I bought several years ago, which are probably the worst ski's I ever skied, especially when it comes to holding an edge in hard/icy conditions. I do a lot of touring in the Austrian and Swiss alps, where conditions can be quite variable. I don't want anything that's too wide, and not too light either; I generally find dedicated touring ski's 'too flimsy' and I rather have something that contains some metal and is a bit heavier and more focused on the descent. I am an expert skier (ex ski-racer), which is I guess also at the root of wanting a ski that 'pushes back' a little bit.

I think (hope) the Ripstick88 would work for me; it's not too wide, its not too light/heavy, but wonder whether I should opt for the 180 or 188cm (I am 6'3" @ 175lb). Alternatively, would you recommend something entirely different?
Question by: Tim on Feb 10, 2022, 1:53 PM
Hi Tim!
Looks like you won't have to reach too hard to find a better ski! Ripstick is certainly an upgrade in terms of downhill performance, while remaining light enough for the tour. I'd go 188 and not look back.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 10, 2022, 2:15 PM
I'm a 62 year old, 5'8' 160 lbs intermediate skier. Last year I bought a pair of Blizzard Brahmas on the recommendation of a local ski shop. It would seem that they are designed for skiers that are everything that I told them I wasn't. Luckily, I bought a size down and find them pretty good for me on cold hard pack days, however, on warmer days or trying bumps they are not so enjoyable. I am thinking of getting a complimentary pair of skis that are lighter, more playful but still good edge grip (I am not a hard charger and prefer turning to a more vertical faster style. Any recommendations, including sizing? I was intrigued by your reviews of the ripsticks and Volkl Blaze from last year but open to other recommendations.
Question by: Anthony Chiappi on Nov 29, 2022, 5:13 PM
Hi Anthony! Getting an inaccurate recommendation from a shop is unfortunate, and unfortunately, something that tends to happen more often than it should. I would, as a general rule, never recommend a Brahma to an intermediate skier. Ripstick 88, on the other hand, is an excellent ski for someone in your situation! Much lighter, softer flexing, and less fatiguing. You'd likely do just fine on the 172 cm length, but if you specifically prefer shorter lengths, 164 wouldn't be an unreasonable choice either. From what you've said, I think you'd prefer Ripstick over Blaze as it has a little more edge grip and precision on firm snow. The Blaze has more freeride, soft snow influence in its design and overall performance. Ripsticks are great skis. I have no reason to point you in a different direction. Hope that helps!
Answer by: Jeff Neagle (Admin) on Nov 30, 2022, 2:10 PM
I am looking to purchase the Ripstick 88 but I am unsure as to the best length. I am 5’ 10”, 165 lbs and 66 years old. I am returning to skiing after a 20 year layoff and my previous skis were Blizzard GS 200 cm. I am an advanced skier. I want to get the 180’s unless they are too long. My old skis were from before shaped skis. Thank you.
Question by: Dale Butchart on May 12, 2022, 7:52 AM
Hi Dale!

The Ripsticks run a little short so the 180 actually comes out to a 177 which would be a good fit for you given the lightweight nature of this ski.

Answer by: Chris McClelland (Admin) on May 16, 2022, 3:40 PM
Hi There - I’m a 6’1, 185 lbs, 28 year old, skier from New York. I mostly ski east coast (Stratton and Stowe) and spend about 80% of my time on piste (blue & black), 20% in the bumps / trees, and love hitting small jumps, popping over moguls or side trails.

Ive ski true center mounted park skis (line afterbang) since I was 15 which are short 166 (and feel even shorter as more ski is in the back)

My questions are 1) is the ripstick still going to be able to be fun and hit jumps? 2) I’ve never felt chatter on my current skis - is that because they’re short or because I’m not skiing fast? I’ve heard the 88s are rather flexible should that be an issue at my size / weight? 3) I heard the ripsticks run a bit short so I feel like I may be between 180-188cm. Will the jump from my current 166 to 188 be too much to handle or will that potentially better support my size / weight?

Haven’t had a chance to demo but from what I’ve been reading this seems like a good fit. Thanks!
Question by: Andy on Apr 14, 2022, 10:30 AM
Hi Andy!

1- The ripstick won't have any issues with side hits and jumps and is pretty fun taking off drops and small woods jumps, but they won't be the best at freestyle tricks and spins.

2- This definitely could be the case, chattering usually starts at higher speeds and you especially see it when carving softer skis through harpack and crud.

3- The Jump up to the longer 188 will definitely be different from what you are used too but you'll find a lot more support and stability out of a longer length, especially with this ski.

Have fun out there!
Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 14, 2022, 11:42 AM
6'0", 165lb, currently skiing a Volkl Mantra M5 177 (maybe should have been 184, but here we are) / 94.

Am I right to feel like a Ripstick 88 is going to feel like an upgrade for spring conditions and skiing something like Gun Barrel when it's basically one constant mogul? Tighter radius and lower weight are appealing, but it's all in theory for me right now.
Question by: Jeff Ferland on Apr 6, 2022, 4:32 AM
Hi Jeff!
I think you're right on the money, the Ripstick 88 is an amazing ski for hitting bumps and woods. With the lightweight build and carbon reinforcements you get some great pop from bump turns and a ton of maneuverability. When you get out onto groomers and hardpack the dedicated inside edge grips but is easy to release when needed. These skis definitely have a top speed but if all you want to do is rip moguls and trees all day then these are the skis to do it on.
Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 7, 2022, 3:33 PM
I'm trying to decide between the 172 and 180's. I'm 5'8, 160 pounds and i'm an expert skier and I ski mainly in UT and MT. I have a pair of rustler 10's (in 180cm) that I love when there is a lot of snow and I want to use the ripstick 88s for groomers with my kids and bumps. Which length do you recommend?
Question by: Bill on Dec 15, 2020, 12:15 PM
Hi Bill!
I think the drop from a 180 Rustler to a 172 Ripstick 88 would leave you wanting the 180. Even for kids and bumps, I think your stats and application puts you in the 180. We've also noticed through the years of the Ripsticks that they actually measure about 1.5 cm shorter than stated, so that 180 is really like a 178.5. And the 172 is more like a 170.5, so take that into account as well. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Dec 17, 2020, 6:58 AM
I'm deciding between the Ripstick 88 & 94. I'm 70, 5'6 128 - between intermediate & advanced. I ski out west - love powder tho rarely over 5-6", crud, bowls, soft bumps, trees - ski groomers when I need a rest. As I age & have less energy, which would be fun, easy to push thru mashed potatoes yet easy to quick turn in moguls or trees?
Question by: Nan on Mar 6, 2022, 1:54 PM
HI Nan!
The 94 is still a pretty quick ski. I think if you're out west and are looking for something with a slightly wider platform, the 94 is a better option than the 88. You'll lose a bit of quickness in terrain like bumps and trees, but overall I think the 94 will work out great.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 7, 2022, 8:38 AM
I am 6', 180lbs, 38yo, athletic (I swim/bike/run 7 days a week) beginner skier. I've been out a handlful of time on rentals (longest ski's the rental has is 170...). I will mostly be skiing on midwest man-made groomed runs with my kid, but I would like to venture out west and east with my best friend (he is expert level) a few times a year - Colorado and Killington. I've been looking at the Head Kore 90X, Fischer Ranger 92TI, Blizzard Rustler 9, Black Crows Captis/Serpo, K2 Mindbender, and Elan Ripstick 88/96. Likely 177-180cm length depending on the ski. I want to be able to ski out west, but I also realize that I will be on midwest "snow" much of time time (live in Chicago).

The Ski's in that list are a wide variety...metal/no metal...but am I on the right track? Could you help me narrow this down? I've watched your 2022 Ski Essentials...and the individual Ski tests on all of these...thanks for posting these!
Question by: Mike on Mar 4, 2022, 10:05 AM
HI Mike!
You're pretty close, there's a lot of skis on that list, and most of them will suit your needs. I'd say the Kore 93 is a better choice than the KoreX, and I'd put that right up there with the Black Crows Serpo as a strong and energetic low-90's underfoot ski that excels on firmer snow but also has softer snow capabilities. Ripstick 88 is a good choice for a narrower and lighter ski that still has amazing energy in and out of a carved turn--I would not overlook that one. I'd narrow focus to Kore 93 and Ripstick 88, with the ultimate decision based on desired width, although I do think that the 88 will be fine for pretty much anything you do. I'd go with the 180 in that ski or the 177 in the Kore 93 (or Kore 87 if you like the stiffness of the Kore but in a narrower width). Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 4, 2022, 11:54 AM
I have decided on the Ripstick 88 but need some advice in sizing. I am 48, about 170lb and consider myself an advanced+ skier. I ski mainly in the northeast on all types of terrain but am definitely drawn to the bumps and trees. I am currently skiing old salomon x-wing tornados at 170cm. I have demoed 180cm skis and they have felt great but worried about them being too long especially doing tight turns in the trees/bumps. So i am trying to decide between 174 and 180. Looking forward to any advice.
Question by: Marc on Dec 23, 2020, 8:53 AM
Hi Marc!
I think the 180 is the way to go. We've noticed that Elan skis actually measure about 1.5cm shorter than stated, so that 180 is more like a 178.5. At the same time, the 174 ends up being like a 173.5. They're light and quick, so I don't see anything wrong with going for the 180. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Dec 29, 2020, 1:37 PM
hi guys
i had asked last week for some options for my all around ski situation and your advise was the rip 88 the only draw back as you guys can see is it gets a bit chatty at speeds so what speeds are we talking about when you notice it ? and is there anything with all the qualities of the rips that dont have a any issue with speed second question which bindings do you recommend with the rips 190lbs 5'8" good intermediate east cost mostly occasional trip west physical restraints will keep me an intermediate (artificial hips and back surgery) but want be as advanced an intermediate as i could be maybe hit some blacks on smaller mountains thanks so much you guys do an incredible job !!!
Question by: mike sacco on Feb 26, 2022, 11:33 AM
HI Mike!
At 225 pounds, I find the shovel chatty at about 30 mph, which is pretty darn fast. I think that most skiers who aren't pushing it too hard will never find that limit. We pair them with Tyrolia Attack 13 bindings and they work great. I think it's a great choice for a skier like you. Head Kore 87 is a similarly light ski that's a bit stiffer overall. I'd go 172 in the Ripstick 88. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 28, 2022, 12:35 PM

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