2023 Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Skis

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Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Skis

Following in the footsteps of two already great skis in their own right, the Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition skis blaze a new path forward, and we are totally on board. The Black Edition skis take the carbon uses that Elan is known for to the next level. With the addition of a wider and longer Carbon Line Technology, and the use of QuadRod Reinforcement, the Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Skis are as close to feeling like a ski with two sheets of metal without the metal. It's an incredibly successful effort on their part, and the addition of those two additional carbon rods makes a huge difference. The best part is that it does all of this without making the ski heavy or cumbersome. The 180 cm length ski generates an 18-meter turn radius, which is right in that middle-zone for performance, which is also where the shape takes us. The 96 mm underfoot width is right in that one-ski quiver Goldilocks zone, where it does everything really well, while not standing out or completely lacking in any one category. These skis are very well rounded, and with the extra carbon versus the normal Ripstick 96, it separates itself certainly in terms of performance, precision, and responsiveness. If you're looking for a ski that generates a ton of power but in a lighter and more playful package, the Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition skis should certainly be at the top of your list.


  • 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

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Preferred Terrain
 All-Mountain •  Groomers 


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I’m looking to pick up a set of these for a 90% resort/10% touring set up. I am 6‘4“ tall and weigh 185 pounds. What length would you suggest?
Question by: Brad Dutton on Mar 6, 2021, 10:38 PM
HI Brad!
I'd go 188 for sure. They do measure about 1.5 cm short, so it's more like a 186.5. Have fun, fantastic skis!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 8, 2021, 10:04 AM
I'm 190cm and 100kg skier and I'm looking for my new skis. I have a pinnacle 95 with hagan z01 binding. How this skis are in comparison to pinnacle?
Question by: Mat on Nov 27, 2021, 3:04 PM
Hi Matt,

Thanks for your inquiry-

Certainly, a more well-rounded ski than the Pinncale 95, as well as being more damp and powerful when things get a bit firm. This ski generates a ton of power but is fairly light and playful as well. If you are using this for strictly touring, would be a nice option. if you want to go even lighter and still get that same performance, go with new Ripstick Tour 94 skis. In general, all of the Ripstick models are fairly damp, stable, and are very versatile and maneuverable. They are great 50/50 resort resort/touring skis that blur the line between both. If you want to ride lifts and tour, go the Black Edition. Strickly earning your turns, go for the Tour 94 model.

Hope this helps and think snow!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Nov 29, 2021, 11:10 AM
Hi all, your videos have sold me on the Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition. I live in Japan and cannot find them anywhere. I notice you don't have any 180s in stock but if you did, would you be able to ship to Japan? Thanks!

Question by: chez on Dec 15, 2021, 9:44 AM
Yes, Chez we can ship anywhere. (Except Russia) Shipping a flat pair of skis to Japan would be about $190 US dollars.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Dec 15, 2021, 3:49 PM
Hi! I've been comparing the Ripstick 96 Black, normal Ripstick 96 and the Head Kore 99s, with all of your videos. I'm curious which you would suggest for me. I would say I'm an advanced intermediate looking to advance further with a ski I can grow into. I'm an expert/advanced snowboarder that mostly rides steeps, so looking for something with a similar feel on snow. Just looking to make the full jump to Skis this year to switch it up.

I'm 35 years old at 5'10 175lbs. Pretty athletic build.

Question by: Joshua McCrary on Jan 5, 2022, 3:52 PM
Hi Joshua-

Coming from a snowboard to skis you are looking for what's more playful with the terrain in skis I would say the regular 96. It does not have the extra carbon rods that make the Black stiffer. The regular 96 is more surfy feeling, where it shines in soft snow and powder where their wide tips just plain on top like a snowboard does. This ski can do it all (With the exception of the deepest of pow days) any terrain, any turn shape at any speed.

With your stats, I would go with the 181 length which we are out of right now. Should be getting a shipment in within the next 2 weeks. Check back with us.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 6, 2022, 9:47 AM
Question for Jeff- we're similar in size and ability, I might be heavier at 165... but what length were you skiing, 180 probably? Could/would you handle the 188 no prob? (I know it's more like a 186.5 I read in here somwhere) Bob is a little heavier, I assume he was skiing the 188, how would you feel about it? Seeing how you only have a 188 in stock right now, I'm thinking about the 188. Thanks! You guys make great vids and reviews :)
Question by: Sean on Mar 20, 2022, 12:52 AM
HI Sean!
I'm not here to talk you out of a good time! Yes, I skied the 180 and it was the right length for me. The 188 definitely feels on the long side, even though it does measure slightly shorter. If you prefer longer skis and are looking to get stability first and foremost, then go ahead and fire up the 188, but if you're looking for something more well-rounded, I'd suggest waiting for the 180's to come back on line so you're in the better length. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 21, 2022, 9:40 AM
Do you know when the Ripstick 96 black edition 2022 in a 172cm will be available? Elan has been unresponsive on this question. Thanks
Question by: Joseph Graves on Mar 6, 2021, 4:40 PM
HI Joseph!
We'll likely see the 172's come in with our pre-season order in late summer or early fall. Great skis!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 8, 2021, 10:17 AM
When can I get a pair in a 172cm?
Question by: Joseph Graves on Mar 7, 2021, 5:08 PM
HI Joseph!
We'll likely see that size in the late summer or early fall.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 8, 2021, 9:45 AM
Which Look pivot binding would you suggest for the 188 black edition ripstick 96? 12 or 15 pivot? And I guess a 115mn size ? I’m a 6’3” 280lbs expert skier, I used to have the early gen pivot bindings a while back and would love to ski them again
Question by: Philippe on Nov 27, 2021, 5:24 PM
Hi, I would recommend the Pivot 15, and the 95mm brake. The brake is wide enough to work with the 96mm waist width. Hope this helps!
Answer by: Alli R on Nov 28, 2021, 11:28 AM
When do you expect the next order of Elan Ripsticks Black Edition 96? I am an advanced 5ft-8in skier and am interested in 172 or 180. You advice on the length is also greatly appreciated. If the Black Edition lengths are not available, what would be my next best choice? Nordica Enforcer 94??? My goal is an excellent all mountain ski.
Question by: Paul Roy on Nov 27, 2021, 6:04 PM
Hello Paul,

At your height, we would recommend the 172 for the Ripstick Black 96. We are looking at getting a shipment of these in within the next few weeks. They will go fast, so keep checking back with us on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, we don't take pre-orders.

The Nordica Enforcer 94 is also a very comparable and is in the same miid-90's class as the Black. But beware, this is a much stiffer and more powerful ski than the Ripstick Black, but a true go anywhere do anything ski as a great one ski quiver. It needs to be driven hard and will punish you due to its metal build if you are not on your "A" game. If you can't seem to get your hands on the Black edition, check out the Elan Ripstick 96. Very similar in build and performance as the Black edition, just not quite as damp. A bit more playful in flex than the Black, but certainly enough edge hold for the firm and all mountain capability in bumps, trees and steeps.

Hope this helps and think snow!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Nov 29, 2021, 11:26 AM
Is there any difference between the 2021 Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition and the 2022 Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Skis? Thank you.
Question by: Richard Myers on Dec 7, 2021, 3:44 AM
Hi Richard,

Yes, there is. There are additional carbon rods that have been placed in the forebody of the ski, giving it increased dampness, vibration dampening and better edge hold in the newer 2022 version. Having skied both models, I noticed a marked improved in the 22 version, and is by far and away a step up from the 21 model.

Hope this helps.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Dec 7, 2021, 8:34 AM

I watched your review of the the Elan Ripstick 96 Black edition and I am intrigued. I want to buy new skis this year and was hoping to demo, but it appears that, if I want these skis I will have to buy them now (and there aren't many around). I am 73 years old, and I ski 3 months a year, 4-5 days a week, for about 5 hours each day, in the Colorado Rockies. I have been skiing Blizzard Bonafides (180 cm) for about 10 years and I am an advanced skier. I don't want to work as hard on my next pair of skis as I do on the Bonafides, but I need skis that will perform well in Black Diamond terrain (steeps, moguls, some powder). Your review gave me the impression that the Ripsticks would be an excellent choice, but some other reviews made me think that they would still be a lot of work. Can you please comment? Also, I am 5'9" and 200 lbs. The sizing info says I should choose the 172s. Do you agree?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Steve Diamond
Question by: Stephen Diamond on Dec 21, 2021, 8:18 PM
Hi Steve,

The Ripstick Black 96 has 4 carbon tubes as opposed to 2 in the Ripstick 96. This makes the Black a stiffer ski. I would go with the regular Ripstick INSTEAD of the Black. You will get all the great performance qualities that you are looking for, but just in a more approachable user friendly package.

Yes I agree, go with the 172cm length.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Dec 22, 2021, 10:13 AM
Hi, Thanks for all the great reviews. Much appreciated. I ski out west in northern BC. I am an advanced skier(former instructor of kids) who loves to carve but also ski off piste in the cut up left overs and bumps and tight trees at times. I own the 19/20 106 Ripstick Black Edition. I am thinking of purchasing the new 22 96 Black Edition or regular version for better movement in the bumps and tight spots on the mountain. I do find the 106 Blacks beautiful everywhere except in the bumps and the really tight spots because of their width. I have read the new 22 96 Regular Ripsticks essentially have the same amount of carbon in them as my 19/20 106 Blacks(Teton Gravity). I want the same feel for flex in a 180cm 96 Ripstick as I currently have if possible. Would the Black Edition 96 in the 180cm be much more inhibiting than the Regular version in the bumps? On Blister Gear and Sooth ski flex comparison it appears the flex on the 188cm regular and blacks is close. I love an even flexing ski kind of like a string pulled on a bow. I guess I need to know if I will appreciate or regret spending the extra money given the relative differences between the 2 versions. My former ski was the Enforcer 100 in a 185cm(too long for trees). I am 6:1/180lb's. thanks
Question by: Jeff on Feb 2, 2022, 1:28 AM
Hello Jeff,

96 underfoot is what we like to call the goldilocks zone for true all-mountain skiing,. That being said, the 96 black is a good bump ski, but the regular Ripstick 96 is even better. Not quite as stiff and demanding, but still a great carver, bumper, tree ski and surprisingly good floater at that waist width. Lighter in swing weight too which help that short radius turns and getting out of tight spots.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Feb 2, 2022, 11:59 AM
I’m looking to pick up a pair of Ripstick 96 and was recently able to demo a pair of 164s. They were amazing! But I am wondering about the length. They felt a little short at times and while they handled everything I threw at them, I noticed a lot of chatter while carving on the groomers. The only options they had to demo were 164 and 180. The 180s are just too long for me so I demoed the 164s.

I’m 5’6’’ and 175 lbs. I’m a 43 year old advanced skier who is about 50/50 on and off piste. I love fast runs on the groomers as well as darting around in the trees and on moguls.

Thoughts on the 172 vs 164s? Would a pair of 164 black editions be an option as well to as some stiffness to the shorter skis?

Thanks for all the info you out out, it’s very helpful.
Question by: Jay on Mar 5, 2022, 9:03 PM
HI Jay!
I'd either go 164 Black or 172 green to get the same stability. It's amazing what those green 96's can do, however, so I'd narrow focus to that in the 172.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 7, 2022, 9:04 AM
I had a pair of these in 180cm (5'10"/190, mid 40's, 75% east coast, used to be very aggressive but still ski pretty much anything). I loved these as an "anything but pure ice day" ski so was wondering, a) when will they be back in stock in 180 b) any changes for '23 and c) should I be looking at anything else instead?

Question by: Rob Sutherland on May 26, 2022, 7:19 PM
Hi Rob!

The 96 Black edition is going to remain unchanged for the 22-23 season. We should be getting new stock of 180's come this fall so keep an eye out! The only other ski I can think of that would come close to the Ripstick Black edition is the Head Kore skis. They are also a carbon fiber reinforced ski but with a lot stiffer of a build and less dampening. Its an extremely reactive ski but a bit of a bumpier ride than the Ripstick.

Answer by: Chris McClelland (Admin) on Jun 2, 2022, 11:28 AM

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