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Elan Ripstick Tour 104 Ski

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Glen Plake. Do I have your attention now? This signature model ski is fully backed by the legend himself - can you imagine how much more rad, "Blizzard of Ahhh's," would have been if Elan's Ripstick Tour 104 existed back then? This ski is sure to become as iconic as his beloved mohawk given its ability to float in the deep stuff and keep you out of trouble when conditions take a turn for the worst. The moderate sidecut makes this ski want to arc big, beautiful turns that are just too much fun some days. A great mix of a damp ride with a supple feel is achieved by utilizing two layers of carbon as the bread with a woodcore as the peanut butter and jelly. Carbon is further utilized in the Carbon Bridge Technology feature. This construction includes a carbon tube that runs the length of the ski to absorb vibration and create a progressive flex underfoot. In addition, Elan added Amphibio edge-to-edge rocker so you can easily initiate turns no matter the conditions. Want to stand out without needing a crazy hairdo or skiing unreasonably dangerous lines? You can do just that with a set of Elan's Signature Edition Ripstick Tour 104's.

  • Multiple carbon sheets add torsional rigidity to avoid deflection in the tip of the ski keep you headed in the right direction.
  • Carbon Bridge Technology creates a stable ride that absorbs vibration for an enjoyable experience.
  • Amphibio profile* means an edge-to-edge rocker in the tip for easy turn initiation.
  • 360° pyramid-shaped ABS sidewall cuts weight while adding durability.

* For those not familiar with Elan's signature tech, you will have a left and a right ski with Amphibio.

Lengths (cm) 166, 173, 180, 187
convert to ounces
1465g [166]
1505g [173]
1555g [180]
1665g [187]
Weight (pair) 2930g [166]
3010g [173]
3110g [180]
3330g [187]
Sidecut   129-104-122
Turn Radius   19.0m [166]
21.5m [173]
23.0m [180]
25.4m [187]
Skin Fix   Tip notch, flat tail
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   Amphibio edge-to-edge asymmetrical rocker
Shape   Tapered tip and tail
Construction   Carbon Bridge Technology
Core   Carbon, fiberglass, woodcore
Skimo Co Says
Usage Deep days mixed with wind scoured faces
Notes Huge turning radius makes this ski want to charge
Bottom Line Versatile powder ski that handles itself well outside of its wheelhouse
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Zesheng H
Hi, Skimo. What's the popular mounting position from most of skiers by using this ripstick tour 104. I have it mounted on recommended position, but instantly found riding on it, feeling unexpected diving into deep snow, not floating on this kind width of skis. Compared with my other touring skis, it has less rocker, also when I go uphill and break the trail (deep snow), it's much easier submerged, makes a little frustrated. I don't know if re-mount the binding at -2 position would give any better result?

Answer from Carlos M
Hi Zesheng,

This is a ski that we would say overall prefers a more neutral stance, and isn't as much of a driver. We think it skis well on recommended, for the right skier and boot/binding setup, but we would also note that for larger and more aggressive skiers, stiffer boots, and/or more forward lean (or binding delta), it could be worth mounting a little behind recommended. In this situation we would generally recommend going 1cm back, although I have talked to folks who have done -2cm.
Answer from jbo
Hi Zesheng, it's also worth noting that the recommended mounting point changed after the early release of this ski, so some in the wild are mismarked. We always measure when mounting these.
Answer from Zesheng H
Thank you guys for all these information. It's so helpful.
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Scott Simmons (used product regularly)
6' 2" 180lb without gear and bought these in the 180cm. Mounted with ATK Raider Evo's -2cm from recommended.

What lead me to get these skis was my love for the ripstick 96. My wife rides the RS96 in a 180cm and the few times I've ridden them they've been awesome, although very short and light for me. With that said it led me to think this 104 would be the ultimate touring ski. Well, I was wrong.

My first few days on the RS104 was early season inbound uphilling at PCMR. They felt fit, really easy to initiate and predictable. Pretty chattery but that was to be expected. Overall I was satisfied.

Since then I've taken these on 15+ tours. I am by no means an amazing skier or even close to the talent level of manyof the riders we have here in the wasatch. Most of my tours are 2500'-4000' in elevation gain. I've skied these on mostly mid angle slopes and have skied these on 3 steep couloirs. I've only taken this ski out in soft snow. Mostly blower powder, but plenty of suncrust and wet heavy snow. I feel very meh about this ski.

In this length (180cm) of ski I have a really hard time having the confidence to any some speed as it just seems like the tips will randomly go for a dive or the ski will hook on variable snow. I find myself having to ski in the backseat constantly to keep the tips up. For a ski in the wasatch, I dont think I would recommend this one. If you go with this ski its worth sizing up but I would recommend you look elsewhere before choosing this.

Okay enough of the negativity, it hasnt been all bad. So where have I enjoyed this ski? Honestly, on the early season groomers at PCMR I was stoked on this ski, it was really fun to ride (although not stable at all). I've also had a bunch of fun on days where its only skied 2" or so and tip diving isnt an issue. I imagine it'll be an epic ski for harvesting corn later this spring as well. It does great in tight trees when you arent having to ride the back seat and overall it makes you smile. Its just not the ski for someone who wants to ride in the front of their boot. Expect to ride extremely centered when skiing this ski.
Reply from Zesheng H
I have the same feeling (diving and not so floating in the deep snow) as quick as skiing on it.
Reply from Jacob B
Same here. I moved the mount point to -2 and still feel like I have to ski perfectly centered or the tips dive. I’ll be finding a new ski for next season
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Question from Quintus
How is the torsional stiffness on these? Worried about grip on hard pack in consequential terrain
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Quintus,

They ski well on hardpack for a 104! Elan's shape gives you a lot of effective edge, and although these are a wider model, we find that they have a good edge to them and ski pretty damp. They aren't the stiffest ski out there, but they are stiff enough to perform well for an aggressive skier. We don't find them lacking in torsional stiffness. Also, the amphibio profile does make a difference, allowing your outside ski to bite more while keeping your inside ski hook-free.
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Question from Terrie
I have Ripstick 88 and Rossignol Rallybird 102 (which I want to swap out for a different POW ski). Looking for a POW ski that floats, handles high speed, more playful, more responsive. Feel like Rally floats great, but not as playful and responsive as my Ripsticks (taking into account of the waist differential). Want a POW that can float, handle high speeds and will tackle the moguls (at times). Since I'm in love with my Ripstick 88, and debating btwn Ripstick 102 and 104. Any preference or suggestions?
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Terrie, the Ripstick 104 is a carving platform that's made in a wider waist width. It definitely hits the criteria you're looking for. Please do note that the model on this page is the Touring version, it's a lighter layup and not as damp or forgiving as the resort models, which sounds like the use case you're describing.
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WCJ (used product regularly)
I’ve been wanting to contribute for awhile but lacked confidence in my convictions because these skis are different than what I usually ski, and didn’t want to post anything negative because I just wasn’t used to them. But having more days I feel like they deserve more reviews.

I got the 180 but they are a 178cm straight pull because the tips are cut pretty flat. This is just how Elan measures their skis. (I also have the Ripstick 96 with Shifts as my resort ski and they’re the same way, but ski way differently.) I appreciate Elan’s finishwork with all their skis - very well made and these have a real sidewall unlike many other lighter weight touring skis. Having a left and right ski is a little weird to get used to, and I don’t know if it really does what they say, I just hope I don’t blow out the inside edges and have to ski them on the wrong feet to find out.

At 6’ 2” and 175lbs without a pack, they skied shorter than I was expecting. They’re pretty soft flexing and at higher speeds felt a little wobbly for my likings. I should have gotten the longer ones. The biggest thing that I have noticed with these and some newer touring skis is the relatively straight side cut - not much tip to tail taper (129 tip & 122 tail) - the narrower tip for a 104 likes to ski *through* powder rather than poke above it and pivot like something with a more rearward mount point, bigger shovel, more tip taper, and more tip rocker (DPS 112). With the recommended -6.75 mount point I can see why some say to mount 2cm back. I tried -1 and -2 and for my directional noodling I prefer -2 although they are very fun, easy to turn and pivoty on consistent snow with a more forward mount. Softer boots should drive these pretty easy.

I’ve relegated these to an early spring quiver spot when the corn is thick and I want more float. The longer sidecut radius is great for spring skiing and they’re light enough for big missions. Spring is also a great time to match those beautiful top sheets to the alpenglow.

(I’m including the photo just to show how snow is sticking almost exactly to the black top sheet sections.)
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Eric S (used product a few times)
Ok, it's perhaps a bit early to be giving a "star" rating since I've only been and twice on these skis. But I thought it might be appreciated by those on the fence. I have given them "4" but only because I haven't skied them enough yet. There's nothing to suggest they aren't a 5. I'll report back later this season.

Bottom line so far, having skiid them in wet powder, real dry powder, chalk, and icy sections (all in one day, Mt. Baker ski area), I like em.

Both days were in the resort, and while these won't normally be my resort skis (which are Salomon QST 106s) , I felt that they did well. They are a lot damper than my old Voile Vectors, and really not any heavier.

One key thing I'd note: I have read various reviews suggesting they "want to go fast" and that they aren't the best at slow speeds. I call B.S. I never felt like the ski was getting in my way at slower speeds. And when did open up a bit, I didn't feel like the ski was holding me back.

I'd very much like to A/B these against a pair of Armada Locators, which seems to be the most common ski folks are comparing these with. I may try to rent some and report back.

Bottom line: These skis don't seem to have garnered much interest out there -- I've yet to see another pair in the backcountry, or inbounds. But I dont think that's has anything to do with how they ski. I suspect it's because the Plake colors are just too much for many folks. Personally, I think they are stylin'!
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Question from Zesheng H
Hi: Skimo

The official recommends C-Raider 12 binding. But I do own raider 10, usually I don't need 4 riser options. Is ATK Crest Binding a good option to drive this pair of skis? Because Elan Ripstick Tour 104 is relatively heavier than other peers. In order to save some weight and try other model.

Thank you
Answer from Jeff
Zesheng, I looked at your recent mounting form, a binding with a top release of 10 is plenty for you.
There are no rules for which binding and ski, regardless of the size of the ski to use. Small, lightweight bindings will ski pretty much the same as a heavier Tech binding. You have rather accurately pointed out the main difference between the Raider and Crest models, one less riser flap. The Crest 10 would be a good choice to save a bit more weight and $.
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Question from Jespef
I bought these for days where I want to go on longer tours (I have a pair of bent chetler 110 with cast for “shorter” tours and pow days) but am wondering what you think of the mounting points? I’m a skier who likes to play around a lot and want to be able to maneuver in slushy conditions since I think that’s when I’ll mostly be using them. Would you say recommended or perhaps +1? I’m just scared mounting them + will make them more wiggly and hinder me from skiing fast big turns.
Answer from Emmett I

I'd stick with the recommended mount point. These are super easy to manage edge to edge to begin with thanks to the asymmetrical rocker profile, so I'd be hesitant to sacrifice stability at speed for more maneuverability.
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Question from Eric S
Apologies for asking the same question in two different places.

Can I safely mount the atk r16 plate on these skis? It’s not clear how wide the mounting area is.
Answer from Emmett I

No worries about the duplicates!

You'll have no issue mounting a R16A plate on this ski.
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Spencer (used product regularly)
I've put quite a few scratches on my pair of Rip Stick Tour 104 skis, but thankfully haven't core shot them...yet!

I bought 3 other pairs of backcountry skis before arriving at these, and these are easily the best. They turn the easiest, float the best, are the most stable at speed, and they look cool too. They feel surffy and pivot easily. They're not too heavy and they're not too light. They seem to be just right, weight-wise.

Initially, I had mine paired with some light-weight carbon fiber boots, then remounted my bindings for a beefier pair of boots. I recommend the former configuration, but I can live with the decision I made. You don't need a beef boot to drive these skis. I recommend a nice light-weight, carbon fiber mountaineering ski boot. Then you'll have the ultimate setup.
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Question from Deborah J
I'm wondering if I've come across two "heavy" pairs of the Riptick Tour 104 in a 173 length, but the two pairs I've weighed (on different scales) have come in at 1570g and 1604g. Are mine heavier than the norm?
Answer from Niko M
Hi Deborah,
That is slightly heavier than the average, but not by an unusual amount. Due to the varying densities of wood used, amounts of glue used, etc, there are some weight discrepancies between individual skis of the same model. Thanks!
Answer from jbo
Hi Deborah, we have noted a tick-up in weight since the first batch that arrived in late 2021, but we have not encountered any over 1600g! The average of recent batches is more like 1535.
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Question from Greg
Hey- thinking hard about these as a daily driver in CO to complement V8s for softer days. Also to take on bigger multi-day alpine tours. Thoughts on those uses, and comparison to M-Tours? Also- can I fit a 100mm dynafit ski brake and crampon on these (mounted -1 or -2cm as suggested)?
Thinking 180 over 187 as a 5'11" 170ish expert but not super hard charging skier? Are these true to length? Thanks.
Answer from Patrick C

First - the numbers. The 180cm ski measures 178cm tip to tail. At 5'11" I think that the 180cm would be plenty of ski. The 100mm brakes would be fine, but the ski crampons would need to go up a size to fit over this ski. Compared to the M-Tour 99 this ski is going to want to go fast and make big turns. The Dynastar will be happier in hardpack conditions, although for a wider ski the Ripstick 104 handles itself nicely. Another ski you may consider as a complimentary option to your V8 would be the Ripstick Tour 94. This will be better handling in variable conditions and save you some weight on multi-day trips. Just a thought!
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Question from Joe j
How does the Ripstick tour 104 compare to the Armada Locator 104?

thanks a ton

Answer from Emmett I

They are pretty similar skis, both amazing. I would say the Armada has a bit more energy to it - the more you push it, the more energetic it gets, almost to the point where it's too energetic. The Ripstick is very quick edge to edge, having a left and a right ski does actually make a big difference. Not sure how much of a difference the rocker at the tip would make in powder, but it was definitely noticeable on groomers.
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Question from WCJ
How would you compare these to the Hyper Manti’s as an all around winter touring ski encountering variable snow conditions (in the Sierra)?
Answer from Tristan M

Happy to weigh in. The Voile Hyper Manti is a great all around ski. With a shape aimed at a wide range of conditions, it will float in powder, handle in the trees, and hold an edge in more variable snow. typical of Voile skis, the Hyper Manti is playful, with a more manageable turn radius. It will be lighter than the Elan Ripstick Tour 104.

The Elan Ripstick Tour 104 is a super versatile ski. It has a medium turn radius, with a really lively feel. Although heavier than the Hyper Manti, that weight will make it more damp in chundery snow. Easy to initiate, this ski is great in powder, fun to carve, and reasonably maneuverable. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to!
Answer from WCJ
I wanted to share something others may already know but the Ripsticks all measure short, the 180’s are actually around 177-178’s depending how you stretch the tape. The regular Ripsticks as well. Maybe this is normal for certain factories? My Blizzard ZG85’s are 2cm under stated length too. Just a heads up if you’re deciding on what length to go with — subtract 2cm.
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Question from Eric S
I'm curious if you guys have gotten out on these skis yet, and if you have an opinion of their suitability for the typical fresh "powder" that isn't really powder which are the typical conditions I'd experince when seeking real powder here in the PNW.
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Eric,

I have had the chance to get out on the Elan Ripstick Tour 104! Here is my rundown:

The Ripstick Tour 104 has a flatter supportive tail, with a rounder flex in the tip. It is quite damp, with a medium turn radius. I find this ski has tons of energy, and works well with a wide range of skiing styles. It is pretty easy to bring around, but is still a great platform to push off for harder charging skiers. This ski really shines in variable snow. It will do a great job of absorbing whatever cascade concrete has to offer. Also, the wide shovel will do well in powder, even higher water weight stuff.

One thing to add, from what we have heard, the Ripstick Tour 104 skis best about -2cm of recommended.
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Question from Eric S
I am wondering if you can let us know the actual measured length of these skis? I understand that the regular Ripsticks are quite short -- e.g. the 188 is actually about 184. Is that the case with these too?
Answer from Zak M
Hey Eric, the actual full measured length of the ski does measure 180cm. Are you talking about the measured running length?
Answer from Eric S
I wasn't talking about measured running length. The full measured length of the non-tour version of the Ripsticks are about 4 cm shorter than their nominal length.

So I was wondering if that is also true of the Ripstick tour. Sounds like it isn't.
Answer from Brett S
Hey Eric, when measuring the 173, it was 2.5cm shorter than advertised. I hope this helps!
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Question from Anthony O
Besides the amazing colors, these are the first skis to catch my attention in awhile. Minimally cambered, high turn radius, generous rocker. Light but not too light for charging weight. I know you guys are fans of downsizing but I've been really appreciating the extra length on relatively progressively mounted generously rocker skis. Been skiing 190 4frnts and 186 BMT 109s lately.

I think you guys know my weird tastes now, as I would describe currently as loose, slarvey, pivoty, but just as easy to jump turn and have great edge engagement on hardpack and stable at speed. No hookiness allowed. I guess these days I don't mind lack of dampness as long as it's stable. Basically I want a similar feel to a 4frnt or BMT 109, but want to see how light I can go before performance fades. Generally I find high turn radius generous rocker, minimally cambered skied to fill the void in my heart. This looks decambered to have similar effective edge to a 4frnt Raven.

Will this scratch my itch? Does it fulfill the niche of reasonably light but modern loose freeride shape? Secondly back to my first rambly sort of question-180 or 187? Is it rockered enough and have a progressive Mt point that 187 is more appropriate? Or does it feel more traditional and would b fine to down size? I ski neutral and laterally, not a cuff abuser and like to ski fast and centered when I can get away with it. Anything off my radar? 1500g 100-110, with the above-mentioned attributes? All other skis seem either too sidecutty, or too traditional/locked in edge wise. Thx fam. Addicts helping out other addicts.
Answer from Ben
Following, I drive my skis like I drive my car, neutral, not a steering wheel abuser
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