LIGHT-WEIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR WANDERLUST EXPLORATION
Legendary skier Glen Plake sat down to discuss his latest project with Elan Skis. Over the past 18 months, Glen and Elan have worked to develop Ripstick Tour, a collection of backcountry skis that deliver freeride performance at a fraction of the weight. In this video, Plake talks about his history as a professional skier, gives a behind the scenes look at the ski development process, and unveils his new signature model ski.
RIPSTICK TOUR 104
Glen Plake signature model
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.
RIPSTICK TOUR SERIES
The Elan Ripstick Tour was created for touring skiers with the intent to deliver the superior downhill performance of a freeride ski at a fraction of the weight for uphill efficiency. The series is designed from the ground up with the goal of pushing skiing performance to the maximum without losing focus on the functionality necessary for comfortable climbs. The engine that allows us to blend these concepts is Carbon Bridge Technology; a revolutionary solution where a single carbon rod is placed on top of the ski, to provide stability at speed and vibration absorption through the tip in variable snow, without a weight penalty.
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GRIP & AGILITY
Confidence in any terrain
Superior blend of edge grip and flotation. Ripstick Tour has the capacity to tackle variable snow conditions found in the backcountry.
STRENGTH & STABILITY
Powerful feel for downhill confidence
Proprietary Carbon Bridge gives the Ripstick Tour, stability, dampening, and vibration absorption through the tip. With a freeride personality at the weight of a touring ski.
Adapting to changing conditions
Amphibio Profile delivers grip where you need it and manuverability where you want it, making tight spaces and variable snow easy to navigate.
Tested and approved by the mountain community
An early launch was conducted through the ISPO Early Innovation platform, which garnered nearly 900 total applicants seeking to participate in the prototype testing phase. Of the applicants, 100 total testers were selected, many of whom are IFMGA Mountain Guides, members of the Slovenian Mountain Rescue Team, and other mountain professionals.
Elan by ATK BINDINGS
Performing through lightness
Elan by ATK touring bindings are engineered to the highest performance standards. Providing the lightest, most reliable and enjoyable approach to the mountain. Quality and safety are some of the most important features when considering touring equipment. That is why Elan bindings are designed and tested in the ATK laboratory to assure every binding meets exact standards to provide predictable release, retention, and
CAM RELEASE SYSTEM
The patented CAM RELEASE SYSTEM® is fitted inside of our touring bindings heels in order to drive the boot step-in and vertical release in case of fall.
SNOW PACK PROOF
A special design of the toe part that avoids any snow/ice/debris build-up under the hooking elements.
EASY ENTRY SYSTEM
This system is characterized by a new geometry of the toe part elements.
MAGNETO HEEL FLAPS
Simple magnet system providing stabilization of the heel flaps.
ELASTIC RESPONSE SYSTEM
Grants the natural ski flex, also in case of big jumps/compressions.