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What will I replace my Elan Ripsticks with?

post #1 of 16
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We just returned from five days at Smugg's. Every trail was open and we skied everything imaginable.

I can't say enough about my Elan Ripsticks. We aggressively skied large moguls. The Ripsticks have a soft enough tip to allow mogul skiing. With the race like construction and titanium plate they are also unbelievable carving skis. Ice was of little concern and they seemed to easily hold an edge.

Slalom turns, GS turns, crud: all no problem. Very stable at high speed. In the East where there can be ice between moguls they seem to be the ticket.

Upon returning home and inspecting the skis for damage, I realized this is the most fun ski that I have ever owned! I also realized that if I keep skiing them like a maniac I may need to replace them. When the time comes I have no idea what I can replace them with (as they have been discontinued). Any suggestions for a similar ski would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 16
Elan GSX Fusion Pro..

or check out the Nordica All Mountain skis.. I keep hearing good things about both but have skied neither.

Cheers.. :
post #3 of 16
Dawgcatching has some leftover Ripsticks available at great prices. Drop him a PM.
post #4 of 16
Believe it or not..there will be something better coming down the road..there always is.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by yakmanic View Post
Elan GSX Fusion Pro..

or check out the Nordica All Mountain skis.. I keep hearing good things about both but have skied neither.

Cheers.. :
Can you tell me more about the Elan GSX Fusion Pros?
post #6 of 16
From what I've heard, that's the present day Ripstik. (Elan GSX Fusion Pro)
post #7 of 16
i think the gsx fusion is the same ski, but has 2 sheets of metal instead of 1.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by tomrh View Post
i think the gsx fusion is the same ski, but has 2 sheets of metal instead of 1.
I just looked at Elans website and I think you are correct. The tail on the GSX Fusion Pro is also several mm narrower.
post #9 of 16
Fischer Progressor
post #10 of 16
I just tried out some "SuperShape Speed". They're pretty good.
post #11 of 16
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The Fisher Progressor and the Supershape Speed are two of the skis I am considering.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Dauntless View Post
The Fisher Progressor and the Supershape Speed are two of the skis I am considering.
Also the Supershape Magnum is a great choice. I am partial to the RIPstick though. It had a combo of GS stability and energy that is rarely found and hard to beat. Another, similiar ski is the Nordica Mach 3 (not the Power). All of the mentioned skis should be on your radar.
post #13 of 16
I tried the Speed and the Magnum back to back, from the same demo tent. The Speed is the better performing ski imho. It's got better edge grip, more stable, lay it over and cut a beautiful turn. The Magnum sacrifices too much performance for forgiveness; it might be better for bumps though.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post
Also the Supershape Magnum is a great choice. I am partial to the RIPstick though. It had a combo of GS stability and energy that is rarely found and hard to beat. Another, similiar ski is the Nordica Mach 3 (not the Power). All of the mentioned skis should be on your radar.
How would you rate the Supershape Speed vs. the Supershape Magnum?
post #15 of 16
I spoke to the Elan rep at a local demo last weekend and he said that Elan would have the Ripstik back next year. I don't think it will carry the same name though.

Cheers,

Doug
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks Doug!
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