ELAN RIPSTICK 106

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OUR TAKE The Ripstick’s funky pro­file may look a lit­tle warped, but our testers loved the way right- and left­ded­i­cated skis picked up the at­tributes of both cam­ber and rocker. The in­side of each ski is down-turned (cam­ber), which let us edge in hard and packed snow, while the out­side of each is up­turned (rocker), good for smear­ing and ini­ti­at­ing turns. “The 106mm Ripstick feels nar­rower and more dy­namic go­ing into turns—like some­thing in the low- to mid-90s—but skis a lot wider, like my 120mm-waisted planks,” one tester said at our in-bounds ski test.

THE DE­TAILS Hol­low car­bon tubes em­bed­ded in the Ripstick’s po­plar core shave weight with­out sac­ri­fic­ing rigid­ity, but the 106mm waist felt a lit­tle cum­ber­some on long climbs and tours with overnight packs. Nice touch: Flat tails make easy work of at­tach­ing skins.

TRAIL CRED “The Ripstick lived up to its name on a de­scent of An­drews Glacier in Rocky Moun­tain National Park,” one tester says. “I didn’t have to change my style or ap­proach when mov­ing from corn to crust, or apron to glades. Th­ese are su­per-fun skis.” $850; 7 lbs. 9 oz. (174); 174, 181, 188 (140-106-122); elan­skis.com

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