2023 Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Skis w/ Tyrolia Attack2 14 GW Bindings
Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Skis with Bindings
For responsive versatility and a ton of stability at a lighter weight, the Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Skis with bindings are a fantastic setup for advanced and expert skiers. We talk about the mid-90's skis a lot for their general well-roundedness, and these take that theory to the next level with the addition of more carbon in this second iteration of the Black Edition skis from Elan. The big change comes with the amount and application of carbon used in the ski. They've added two separate carbon rods in the central chord of the ski, with one placed in the forebody, and the second running through the tail. These rods provide 360-degrees of stability and stiffness, providing accurate and precise feedback on the trails. The amazing part is that Elan is able to create this performance level without adding weight. In addition, the Carbon Line Technology that started up this past year on all Ripstick skis is added and extended in the Black Edition skis, with the carbon stretching from edge to edge underfoot and longer through the shovel and tail. This, combined with the extra carbon tubes, makes for an insane about of precision and performance at a fraction of the weight of metal laminates. It's one of the most successful uses and applications of carbon we've seen in a ski, and you'll be the beneficiary of it all with the Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition skis with bindings.
- Sidecut: 136/96/110 mm at all lengths
- Turn Radius: 18 meters at 180 cm length
- Weight: 1710 grams per ski at 180 cm length
- Carbon Line Technology
- Amphibio Rocker Profile
- SST Sidewall
- Tubelite Wood Core
- QuadRod Reinforcement
- Vaper Tip Inserts
- Ability Level: Advanced and Expert Skiers
All-Mountain • Groomers
The Ripstick is quite a bit lighter and quicker, just not quite the stability or precision of the beefier Mantra. The Ripstick has the most successful application of carbon that I've seen, and at 6/2 220, I'd ski it every day here in VT. It's a better floater, bump ski, and tree ski. The only place really that the Mantra sets itself way apart is in very aggressive carving turns--the shovel of the Ripstick is still lighter and more flexible. I preferred the 188 over the 180 in that Elan, as they do measure about 1.5 cm short. I'd ski the 184 in the Mantra. Have fun!
The 180cm would be a good fit for this ski. Thanks.
a little quicker than the Kendo. Thanks
Thanks for your inquiry-
At your height, weight and skiing ability, we would recommend the 181 cm length for the Ripstick 96 Black. Someone that is 6'2 195 should be on a ski that is at least 182cm in length. But the Volkl Kendo is a very stiff ski, so downsizing there was a good choice. As you are well aware if you are not on your "A' game all the time w this ski, it will ski you.
The next size down offered in the Elan would be a 173cm which would be too short and we would worry that you would overpower this ski size based on the fact that this ski has no metal in it and is is softer in flex than the Kendo.. Still a very capable carver, this ski has much better maneuverability than the Kendo with a lighter swing weight and shorter turning radius and will ski better in bumps, powder, trees and in general, off-piste conditions.
Hope this helps and think snow!
The main difference between the Ripstick 96 and the Ripstick 96 Black is the addition of carbon rods in the Black edition to make the ski stiffer. If you like skiing primarily GS turns, I would go for the Black Edition which will be stiffer and damper and will hold up better at higher speeds. Both of this skis are excellent one ski quivers. At your height, weight and skiing ability, I would go for the 174cm length.
At your height, weight and ability level, you should be on the 180cm length. We are currently out of stock in this size, but are expecting a shipment from Elan within the next two weeks. Check back with us for updates.
Appreciate all the info and content you put out. Its been really helpful as I get into skiing. I am 6'1, 185, and a former college athlete. I am a quickly progressing intermediate looking for a one ski quiver I can use out west in Tahoe. Would the 180cm Ripstick 96 black edition be a good ski to grow and progress with? Or is it too much ski for where I'm currently at? If it is too much, what are some other options you'd recommend?
We strongly believe that the mid-90s range underfoot is ideal for all-mountain skiing. The Ripstick Black 96 is an SE Tester favorite for a one ski quiver. Powerful but approachable and very nimble and can ski any condition (Except for the deepest powder) and any terrain very well. Also a nice ski to progress with and will grow with you as you ability level does. At your stats the 180 would be a size for you.
Great ski, good length! Easier and more flexible than the Kore, but still a very high-end ski, especially when you get it up on edge.
More fore/aft flex in the Ripstick versus the Kore. This allows you to access the sidecut of the ski easier, but the torsional stiffness still grips tight and pulls you through the turn with power and finesse. I prefer the Ripstick in the bumps and trees over the Kore, but just by a bit. I'd go with the 180 in that ski. Have fun!
My personal response is to put Pivots on everything. Opt for the 15 over the 14 if possible. There's nothing wrong with the Attacks that come on these skis either, but it's kind of fun being a Pivot snob.
My friend Sean just ordered the green rip stick 96 from you guys
Not this year unless we see a closeout, but that's unlikely as well. We have greens, but won't get more Black Editions until mid-summer.