Elan Ripstick 102 W 2021

Elan Ripstick 102 W 2021

Super Versatile Women's Lightweight Wide All Mountain / Touring Ski 3.2KG/Pair [138/103/117mm] R.16m

£475.00 RRP: £550.00

Women's Lightweight Wide All Mountain Skis With Full Weight Performance, A Superb Choice For A One Ski Backcountry Set Up With An Off Piste Focus.

Weight 3.2 KG per pair (162 cm)
138 / 103 / 117 (162 cm)
Radius: 15.8m (162cm)

As part of the Ripstick range developed with Glen Plake, The Ripstick 102 W are a super versatile modern wide all mountain ski. From their Freeride and All Mountain range these do it all skis have been designed for fun on the descent but combined with the right binding are plenty light enough for use as a day touring ski.

The Ripstick 102 W features Elan's Amphibio Technology, this is a clever use of different camber and rocker profiles on the inside and outside edge. The inside edge gets a longer camber profile for increased grip and precision whilst the outside edge gets more rocker to give forgiveness and easier turn initiation. This of course means that there is a left and a right ski so don't get them mixed up, you can really tell the difference when you do!

The 102mm waist makes this Ripstick more off piste and soft snow focused than the 94 and 88 but it is still super versatile, they are a good piste ski giving smooth and solid but lively all mountain ski performance, not as grippy as the 88 but they still don't feel too wide on the hard pack. The SST sidewall construction and fibreglass reinforcement add to the power transmission and grip.

Off piste, the extra underfoot width and the rocker comes fully into play giving more float and stability than the 94 and 88 versions whilst keeping the turn initiation easy, and avoiding hooking up, in powder and crud. 

At a 3.2kg per pair total weight, the Elan Ripstick 102 W are light for such a good and wide all mountain ski, if using a good lightweight pin tech touring binding they are certainly light enough for use as a ski touring ski and the tail has a profile designed to work with ski skins. Being that bit wider they will lend themselves a little more towards softer snow touring than the 94 but they can still deal with whatever you get.

They will suit women who want to do everything on their ski set up from a week of resort skiing to day tours and occasional longer multi day touring. They will also suit people who want to enjoy the descent with a fun, solid, dependable and dare I say, easy ski to ski in whatever conditions the mountain throws at you. Elan use a system of hollow 5mm diameter carbon tubes within the wood laminates to take weight out but also to add stiffness.

With a reputation for making high quality skis, for themselves and many other brands, Elan have managed to produce a superb and lightweight but also strong and solid ski at a very sensible price.


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