Ski: 2022-2023 Elan Ripstick Tour 104, 187 cm
Available Lengths: 173, 180, 187 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length (straight-tape pull): 184.3 cm
Stated Weight Per Ski: 1610 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1576 & 1592 grams
Stated Dimensions: 128-104-122 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 129.4-103.4-121.9 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (187 cm): 25.4 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 52.5 mm / 20.5 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5.5 mm
Core Materials: paulownia/poplar + 1 carbon rod + carbon & fiberglass laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -6.25 cm from center; 85.9 cm from tail
[Editor’s Note: In the interest of getting you information sooner on some of the products we’re reviewing, we’re posting here some of our measured specs and manufacturer details, and will update in the future. Take a look, and let us know in the Comments Section below what questions you’d like us to answer.]
What Elan says about the Ripstick Tour 104
“Glen Plake´s first signature model has been a long time in the making and with the combined experience of Plake and Elan, a ski worthy of his signature is born. The Ripstick Tour 104 was designed and tested from the ground up by Elan ambassador and freeskiing pioneer Glen Plake, and blends the lightweight construction necessary for efficient ascents with the legendary performance and style of Glen.
Developing a signature model ski with world-famous freeskiing legend Glen Plake was an honor. Plake is among the best freeskiers in the world and knows what skiing represents, which is why we broke the mold to create something worthy of wearing Plake’s name. The Ripstick Tour 104 chassis is 104 mm underfoot and utilizes ground breaking carbon construction, to achieve what was believed to be an illusion; the perfect blend of freeride power and touring agility. Packed with lightweight carbon and Carbon Bridge Technology, it merges mind-blowing downhill performance with lightweight uphill capability. Plake’s signature model was tested and confirmed with our C-RAIDER 12 tech bindings that are known for being strong, reliable, and lightweight, at just a mohawk-hair over 300 g. To complete the package, the Ripstick Tour 104 hybrid skins made with a mix of 65 % Mohair and 35 % nylon to achieve the perfect glide and grip ratio to support the ski in all situations. From the Alps of Europe to California’s Sierra Nevada, Glen’s ski is the choice for any freeskier seeking legendary performance and punk rock style.”
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Ripstick Tour 104:
In Front of Toe Piece: 7-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8
The Ripstick Tour 104 has a significantly softer front half when compared to the standard Ripstick 106, but the flex does not differ much between the back halves of the two skis.
We’ve got several touring skis lined up to test this spring, including the new Ripstick Tour 104. Stay tuned for updates on this ski and let us know of any questions you’d like us to answer.