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Volkl Rise Beyond 96 – Test 2022

Volkl Rise Beyond - Test22

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL RISE BEYOND 96 * FREERIDE/POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Crushing vertical and ripping the down.  Weighing less than 1,300g per ski, we fully expected the Rise Beyond 96 to feel great on the skin track. What we weren’t ready for was how well it performed on the way down. … More »

Volkl Blaze 86W – Test 2022

Volkl Blaze 86 - Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL BLAZE 86W * NON-METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN * WOMEN * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Skiing bell to bell, any day, any conditions “Ten points!” “I love this ski.” “Sold…to me.” These were the kinds of effusive comments the Blaze brought out of our usually straight-faced testers. Whether it was wiggling through tight … More »

Volkl Blaze 94 – Test 2022

Volkl Blaze test22

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL BLAZE 94 * NON-METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN BEST FOR: The skier who plans to do it all by adding a Marker Duke AT binding.  In our opinion, the ultimate travel ski would have a mid-90s width, be relatively lightweight in your bag, have enough performance to ski hardpack (but not be so … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2022 selection

CARVING MASTER  The Deacon was already a fully loaded, frontside punisher before Völkl ordained it to the next level, the Deacon 76 Master. Upgrades are the same as the M6 Mantra: an ash wood core and tailored carbon tip, which should add energy to the turn exit, smoothness in all conditions, and light but stable … More »

Volkl Secret 96 – Test 2022

Volkl Secret Test22

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL SECRET 96 * WOMEN * METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN BEST FOR: Strong intermediates through experts looking to improve.  Like the unisex Mantras, the revamped Secret 96 retains the all-mountain performance we’ve come to expect from the ski, but where the previous iteration was out of reach for all but the most powerful … More »

Volkl Mantra M6 – Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL MANTRA M6 * METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN BEST FOR: Experts who want as much performance on-piste as off. And now for something totally different. So different, in fact, we had to convince female testers to give it a try. The extreme shape has a huge shovel and tail and a do-it-all waist. … More »

Racer Ready? 2022 Gear

Auclair Race Fusion To protect hands from gate bashing, Auclair harnessed the morphing armour of D3O. Most of the time the polymer built into the back of the glove is soft and flexible, but an impact excites the molecules, stiffening up the padding and dispersing the force. It means these premium leather and waterproof gloves … More »

Coming to a Ski Shop Near You

From the longest lift lines in memory to locked-down resorts to the continued rise in alpine touring, the one thing uniting skiers across the country is our hopeful look to next season. Gear brands are in the same gondola. (Wearing a face covering, of course!) Despite challenges with supply chains, manufacturing and prototype testing, plenty … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in the backcountry after a long skin up, there’s nothing like the feeling of choking on a face full of blower. Even untracked, boot-top fluff produces joy that’s hard to beat. This is why we eagerly wake in the dark, … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2021 – All-Mountain

As an All-Mountain skier, you’re pragmatic and easygoing—but not blown by the wind. When the lifts start spinning, you follow the soft snow wherever it takes you: early-morning groomers, bumps and jumps, or powdery back bowls. And where you go, you expect your gear to follow. That means it must be as versatile and adaptable … More »

Volkl

Volkl Rise Beyond 96 – Test 2022

Volkl Rise Beyond - Test22

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL RISE BEYOND 96 * FREERIDE/POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Crushing vertical and ripping the down.  Weighing less than 1,300g per ski, we fully expected the Rise Beyond 96 to feel great on the skin track. What we weren’t ready for was how well it performed on the way down. … More »

Volkl Blaze 86W – Test 2022

Volkl Blaze 86 - Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL BLAZE 86W * NON-METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN * WOMEN * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Skiing bell to bell, any day, any conditions “Ten points!” “I love this ski.” “Sold…to me.” These were the kinds of effusive comments the Blaze brought out of our usually straight-faced testers. Whether it was wiggling through tight … More »

Volkl Blaze 94 – Test 2022

Volkl Blaze test22

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL BLAZE 94 * NON-METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN BEST FOR: The skier who plans to do it all by adding a Marker Duke AT binding.  In our opinion, the ultimate travel ski would have a mid-90s width, be relatively lightweight in your bag, have enough performance to ski hardpack (but not be so … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2022 selection

CARVING MASTER  The Deacon was already a fully loaded, frontside punisher before Völkl ordained it to the next level, the Deacon 76 Master. Upgrades are the same as the M6 Mantra: an ash wood core and tailored carbon tip, which should add energy to the turn exit, smoothness in all conditions, and light but stable … More »

Volkl Secret 96 – Test 2022

Volkl Secret Test22

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL SECRET 96 * WOMEN * METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN BEST FOR: Strong intermediates through experts looking to improve.  Like the unisex Mantras, the revamped Secret 96 retains the all-mountain performance we’ve come to expect from the ski, but where the previous iteration was out of reach for all but the most powerful … More »

Volkl Mantra M6 – Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL MANTRA M6 * METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN BEST FOR: Experts who want as much performance on-piste as off. And now for something totally different. So different, in fact, we had to convince female testers to give it a try. The extreme shape has a huge shovel and tail and a do-it-all waist. … More »

Racer Ready? 2022 Gear

Auclair Race Fusion To protect hands from gate bashing, Auclair harnessed the morphing armour of D3O. Most of the time the polymer built into the back of the glove is soft and flexible, but an impact excites the molecules, stiffening up the padding and dispersing the force. It means these premium leather and waterproof gloves … More »

Coming to a Ski Shop Near You

From the longest lift lines in memory to locked-down resorts to the continued rise in alpine touring, the one thing uniting skiers across the country is our hopeful look to next season. Gear brands are in the same gondola. (Wearing a face covering, of course!) Despite challenges with supply chains, manufacturing and prototype testing, plenty … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in the backcountry after a long skin up, there’s nothing like the feeling of choking on a face full of blower. Even untracked, boot-top fluff produces joy that’s hard to beat. This is why we eagerly wake in the dark, … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2021 – All-Mountain

As an All-Mountain skier, you’re pragmatic and easygoing—but not blown by the wind. When the lifts start spinning, you follow the soft snow wherever it takes you: early-morning groomers, bumps and jumps, or powdery back bowls. And where you go, you expect your gear to follow. That means it must be as versatile and adaptable … More »

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