2023 Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Skis w/ Tyrolia Attack2 14 GW Bindings

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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

Ability Level:

Preferred Terrain
 All-Mountain •  Groomers 


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How do these compare to the Volkl Mantra M6? I'm 6' 2" 200 lb advanced skier that enjoys carving and small jumps on east coast piste. Any size recommendations? Much appreciated...you guys have the best reviews out there!
Question by: Mark on Feb 16, 2021, 9:00 AM
HI Mark!
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!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 19, 2021, 10:55 AM
I'm 6'0",170 pounds advanced skiier. Ski all over the mountain in PNW. Interested in Ripstick black, but unsure what length. I have bonafides at 180 and moment wildcats at 184. Wanting a quicker ski for moguls, trees, and lighter powder. Should I go for 180 or 188 with the Ripstick black?
Question by: Ron on Sep 14, 2021, 1:51 AM
Hi Ron,

The 180cm would be a good fit for this ski. Thanks.
Answer by: Mark Van Liere on Sep 14, 2021, 1:24 PM
Are you going to stock 172cm?
Question by: Jim on May 8, 2021, 10:04 AM
Thanks for your inquiry. Yes, once we receive our new 2022 inventory later in the summer as we approach the upcoming ski season! We will most likely be launching a 2022 Pre-Sale later in the summer as well. Stay Tuned.
Answer by: Mike Aidala on May 10, 2021, 1:03 PM
Similar size question, I'm 6'1" 180lbs expert skier. I currently ski Kastle FX94 186cm. They're great carving but looking for something a bit more maneuverable, that I can get around a bit easier off trail, in trees, and in the bumps. These seem like a great option but worry, 188cm length will offset gains in maneuverability, while 180cm seems too short. Any recommendations? Great reviews!
Question by: Jason on Aug 4, 2021, 4:35 PM
The Ripstick 96 BE would be a great option for a lighter and more playful ski. The Ripsticks do ski slightly shorter and if you are happy with your 186cm FX94, the 188cm Ripstick will have a similar feel.
Answer by: Pat Kerwawycz on Aug 5, 2021, 3:24 PM
Question by: doug Golenski on Oct 13, 2021, 7:49 PM
1 year
Answer by: Eric Eric McDonough on Oct 14, 2021, 3:12 PM
Hi, Currently skiing 2019 Volki Kendo in 177cm. I'm an advanced skier (6'2"/195lbs). What size would you recommend for the Elan Ripstick 96 Black. Looking for a ski that will turn
a little quicker than the Kendo. Thanks
Question by: Vinny Foden on Nov 18, 2021, 3:19 PM
Hello Vinny,

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!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Nov 19, 2021, 10:35 AM
I’m a 5’7” 140 pound (distance runner without much power) intermediate-advanced skier considering the Ripstick 96 Green & the Black for my 1-ski quiver. Can you give me your recommendation for which ski and what length would work best for me? I live in Colorado and will be skiing in state and in resort. My style is primarily GS turns (up to 40 mph) on groomers but would like to improve on moguls and do a bit of tree skiing. Thanks in advance!
Question by: Ian on Dec 24, 2021, 2:08 PM
Hi Ian,

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.

Happy holidays!

Answer by: Mike Aidala on Dec 27, 2021, 9:40 AM
Hi, I’m 5’10 180 lbs and consider myself an advanced skier, however I had to step away for almost 8 years only to start back up last year. I ski mostly groomers in northern MI and in the NE with the annual trip out west. What size ski do you recommend? Thanks.
Question by: Brandon on Jan 3, 2022, 8:30 PM
Hi Brandon,

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.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 4, 2022, 9:37 AM
Hi Team,

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?
Question by: Isaac on Jan 5, 2022, 1:23 PM
Hi Isaac,

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.

Have fun!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 6, 2022, 9:37 AM
I was recently skiing the Kore 99s at 170 and 177. i'm advanced, 177cm tall, 160 lbs. I spend equal time in trees and on groomers - I was pretty split in preference on the 2 Kore lengths, but wanted something easier to get on edge and maybe less chattery on the east coast. These came recommended; was thinking 172, as 180 seems slightly too long - thoughts?
Question by: Jeff on Feb 25, 2022, 2:23 PM
HI Jeff!
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.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 25, 2022, 2:25 PM
Thanks to all of you for providing awesome info! Two questions: 1) I currently have 2019 Head Kore 93, and love how they are light, playful skis. How different would Elan Ripstick 96 Black feel compared to Head Kore 93? 2) I am 5'11'' 195lbs. What length would you recommend? Thanks.
Question by: JesseJS on Feb 28, 2022, 1:52 PM
HI JesseJS!
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!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 28, 2022, 2:01 PM
Love this ski, only question is what binding to mount. Choosing between Pivot 15s and 14s. Like the bulletproof-ness and overall feel of the P15s, but wounding if the added weight will be a positive or negative on such a light ski. Appreciate the advice.
Question by: Ron on Mar 21, 2022, 12:25 PM
HI Ron!
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.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 21, 2022, 4:27 PM
Will you restock the 182 black rip stick for 2022?

My friend Sean just ordered the green rip stick 96 from you guys
Question by: Gilbert Martini on Mar 27, 2022, 1:16 PM
HI Gilbert!
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.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 28, 2022, 11:24 AM

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