2020-2021 Elan Ripstick 106

Ski: 2020-2021 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm

Available Lengths: 167, 174, 180, 188 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 183.8 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1951 & 1953 grams

Stated Dimensions: 143-106-120 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 142.8-104.3-120.1 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (188 cm): 19.5 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 58 mm / 23 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 2.5 mm

Core: Poplar/Paulownia/Maple + Carbon Tubes + Carbon Edge Reinforcement + “Vapor Tip Inserts” + Fiberglass Laminate

Base: sintered

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -9.7 cm from center; 82.2 cm from tail

Luke Koppa reviews the Elan Ripstick 106 for Blister
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

The Ripstick collection has been serving as Elan’s freeride lineup for a few years now. We’ve been on the Ripstick 106, Ripstick 96, and Ripstick 106 Black Edition and have come away pretty impressed across the board. The skis are quite light and easy to ski, yet can still be pushed quite hard for how light they are, making them some of our favorite options for 50/50 use inside and outside of the resort.

For 20/21, Elan is tweaking the whole Ripstick collection (including the women’s skis, which we’ll be reviewing this year). So how much has changed, what’s stayed the same, and how does the new Ripstick 106 compare to the current market?

Construction

This is the biggest update.

The core construction of the Ripstick is still pretty similar, carrying over a blend of lightweight woods in the core, carbon tubes running above the edges, lightweight plastic inserts at the tips, and a fiberglass laminate.

The notable change here is Elan’s addition of a carbon-fiber weave placed over the front-inside edges of each ski. This carbon weave is placed at a 45° angle to the ski and further extends Elan’s “Amphibio” design by making the actual construction of each Ripstick ski asymmetrical.

Luke Koppa reviews the Elan Ripstick 106 for Blister
Elan Ripstick "Carbon Line Tech" construction

The idea is that the new Ripsticks will offer better power transfer and edge hold where you most need it (inside edges) while not adding a bunch of weight or making the outside edges excessively difficult to slide and release.

Shape / Rocker Profile

Not much change here. Elan says they tweaked the shape of the Ripsticks’ tips and tails, though our pairs of the 19/20 and 20/21 versions look and measure almost identical. The Ripstick 106 is still a moderately tapered ski, in line with skis like the Kastle FX 106 HP, Line Sick Day 104, Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, and Salomon QST 106 when it comes to shape.

The new Ripstick’s retain the old versions’ “Amphibio” rocker profile, which basically means that the rocker lines on the outside edge of the ski are a bit deeper than the rocker lines on the inside edge. As with the new construction, this is meant to give you a looser feel where you need it, without making the ski feel super loose on the inside edges.

Just like the previous Ripsticks, the asymmetry of the new Ripstick 106’s rocker profile is extremely subtle and barely noticeable to the eye. With that said, the old Ripsticks did offer a nice blend of pivoting and carving performance, so we expect something similar of the new versions.

Overall, the Ripstick 106 has pretty shallow rocker lines compared to most skis in its class, especially the more playful and forgiving ones like the Sick Day 104, Blizzard Rustler 10, and Armada Tracer 108.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Ripstick 106:

Tips: 6-6.5
Shovels: 7-8.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-8.5
Tails: 8-7.5

No huge change here, but we do notice a few subtle differences. The new Ripstick 106’s flex pattern stiffens up a bit more quickly as you move to the middle of the ski, and the new ski is a bit stiffer around the bindings.

The new Ripstick 106 is still far from a super burly ski, with pretty accessible tips and tails and its tails aren’t drastically stiffer than its tips / shovels. The flex of the new Ripstick 106 is still very similar to the Line Sick Day 104, which we’re happy about.

Mount Point

No change here — the Ripstick 106 still has a pretty traditional mount point of around -9.7 cm from true center.

Weight

The Ripstick 106 is still a lightweight ski, with our pair of the 20/21 version only coming in a bit heavier than the previous version. The average weight per ski of our 20/21, 188 cm Ripstick 106 is 1952 grams, while the previous version came in at ~1885 grams.

The new Ripstick 106 is now coming in slightly heavier than other 50/50 skis like the Sick Day 104 and Tracer 108, but the Ripstick 106 is still much lighter than most dedicated inbounds skis.

For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.

1755 & 1792 Line Sick Day 104, 179 cm (17/18–20/21)
1787 & 1793 Fauna Pioneer, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1828 & 1842 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition, 188 cm (19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–20/21)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1883 & 1898 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender, 178 cm (20/21)
1951 & 1953 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (20/21)
1993 & 2026 Black Crows Atris, 184.2 cm (17/18–20/21)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1999 & 2020 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 180 cm (20/21)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2006 & 2065 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2027 & 2052 K2 Reckoner 112, 184 cm (20/21)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2079 & 2105 Kastle FX106 HP, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2110 & 2119 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2153 & 2184 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 187 cm (20/21)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2170 & 2180 Dynastar M-Free 108, 182 cm (20/21)
2177 & 2180 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110 Free, 185 cm (17/18–20/21)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20–20/21)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2202 & 2209 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm (19/20)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2232 & 2242 Blizzard Cochise 106, 185 cm (20/21)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–20/21)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2325 & 2352 Folsom Blister Pro 104, 186 cm (19/20)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) Given its slightly stiffer flex pattern and the addition of more carbon over the inside edges, how different will the new Ripstick 106 feel when it comes to edge hold and power?

(2) Will the new Ripstick 106 feel notably more demanding than the previous version?

(3) The Ripstick 106 hasn’t gotten much heavier, but will its new construction make it feel notably more stable?

Bottom Line (For Now)

Elan hasn’t drastically changed their Ripstick skis, but the new Ripstick 106 looks like it could potentially take most of what we love about the previous version and make it a bit more powerful and better on firm snow. We’ll be getting it on snow very soon, so stay tuned for updates.

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4 comments on “2020-2021 Elan Ripstick 106”

    • The 20/21 Ripstick 116 gets the same construction updates as the 106 (addition of carbon to the inside edge), but we don’t know of any other changes to the shape, rocker profile, etc.

    • According to their catalog, the 20/21 Ripstick 116 is supposed to come in at 1900 grams ± 50 grams for the 185 cm length. Given that that they say the 180 cm Ripstick 106 comes in at 1790 g per ski, I think the 116 will come in on the heavier side of that stated weight range.

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