Why we chose the Elan Ripstick Tour 104: Lightweight, versatile, Glen Plake’s sticks
Lengths (cm): 166, 173, 180 & 187
Sidecut (mm): 128 / 104 / 122
Radius: 23m (180 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1540g (180cm)
For over 75 years, Elan has been quietly handcrafting some of the finest skis in the Slovenian Alps. Their goal? Build world-class products that deliver an unparalleled skiing experience. The Elan Ripstick Tour 104 is freeskiing pioneer Glen Plake’s signature touring ski, blending that perfect combination of lightweight uphill touring capability and mind-blowing downhill performance.
“That perfect combination of lightweight uphill touring capability and mind-blowing downhill performance”
Elan took a chance with Glen’s ambition for this ski that strayed slightly from Elan’s usual ski design template. However, the risk definitely paid off and the product is the sick-looking and highly functional Ripstick Tour 104. Glen Plake designed the Ripstick Tour 104 as a ski that can easily access the best terrain in the backcountry and still perform the way you need it to on the way down.
Elan Ripstick Tour 104 Build
The Ripstick Tour 104 features a ‘TubeLite’ wood core which consists of two lightweight carbon tubes that run for the full length of the ski. These carbon tubes provide torsional stability, and a powerful rebound. It’s a solution we’re surprised many other brands haven’t made use of in lightweight skis before before.
“Glen Plake designed the Ripstick Tour 104 as a ski that can easily access the best terrain in the backcountry”
Elan’s Carbon Bridge Technology features in the build of the ski. It involves a single carbon rod being placed on the upper part of the ski which, again, works to bring more mass out towards the tips and tails. This helps to reduce chatter without adding too much weight to the planks.