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Elan Ripstick 106
Buy Now — $700.00
While not the lightest choice for a pure touring ski, the Ripstick 106 punches in well above its weight class making it an ideal 50/50 resort-backcountry quiver of one. Loaded with more tech than a Space-X rocket, the patented Tubelite wood core is reinforced with full length carbon rods and ABS sidewalls for seamless power transmission. Pair this with Elan’s unique asymmetrical Amphibio rocker profile, and you get an easy turning ski that rails when you lay it over. The large shovel at the tip gives the ski lots of float in deep snow and chop, while the round flex pattern and energetic tails provide a responsive feel. Put all this together and the Ripstick 106 will have you charging down the mountain no matter what terrain appears below.
FREESKIER tester thoughts:
“Slightly heavier than a dedicated touring ski, but that feeling goes right out the window when you point ‘em downhill. Great all-around option for a hybrid binder.”