Welcome to another installment of Gear Spotlight from FREESKIER. Here, we provide a close-up look at the gear and accessories that everyone should know about. The goal? To point you towards the best brands and products on Earth so you can trust your equipment whole-heartedly and have as much fun in the mountains as possible. Read up on Elan’s Ripstick 102 W 2017-2018, below, then visit us again tomorrow for more awesome gear coverage.
The first thing you need to know about the all-new Elan Ripstick 102 W is that there is a specific left and right ski. This is due to Elan’s “Amphibio” profile, comprised of a cambered inside edge to grip the snow and provide stability and a rockered outer edge for greater maneuverability. Testers responded very well to this feature; one noted that she “felt in control and fluid at all times, even when blasting through chunder.” Another said, “This ski is like a Cadillac ride—so smooth, dependable and predictable in mixed snow and moguls.” Special composites in the tip and tail provide another nod to chatter-free skiing. Advanced and aspiring female skiers alike will appreciate taking this ski on challenging terrain, no matter the conditions.