Pugski Ski Tester
- Nov 1, 2015
- Reno, eNVy
Here is a Cage Match that could have happened last year, but no one requested it. It is hard to argue with what Head is doing right now. It is hitting on all cylinders, and the Kores are no exception. Head has been able to produce a light yet powerful ski with the Kore, and it’s a winner ... but Elan brings the Plake inspiration to this Cage Match. As with many of the comparisons, the best option might not be what you expect. Glen is not just a weatherworn face under a mohawk: he is becoming a pretty good engineer and understands what makes a ski ski well. One of Glen's areas of focus is adding lightness to the design.
With taper at the tip and some shape at the extremities, the Kore’s profile excels in three-dimensional snow and still works on the wind buff. At 105 mm, it is is not a powder ski but it's still enough in any single-digit snowstorm. It is amazing how a light ski like the Kore can be so solid and retain a warm analog feel rather than getting pingy or digital in feedback.
The Elan Ripstick is like a Australian Shepherd puppy, it needs to be doing something fun, an unusual trait for a One Oh Something. Just like you can throw a puppy tennis balls until your arm falls off, the Ripstick wants to make turns, porpoise in and out of the snow, and just play. These characteristics have a lot to do with the tip shape and Elan’s unique amphibio profile with a tad more rocker on the outer edges.
- Why choose the Kore 105? You want a bit more power and want to charge.
- Why choose the Ripstick 106? You put a premium on playfulness but want a ski with a traditional tail, not a twin.