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Volkl

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 »

Völkl Blaze 106 ski test

SKI TEST 2021 VOLKL BLAZE 106 * Editors’ Choice * BEST FOR: Mount a Marker Duke PT and you’ve got a freeride and touring quiver of one. The Blaze is part of a growing category of skis that blend do-it-all performance with backcountry-capable weight. Reports from the front line suggest the Blaze might be one … More »

Test 2020 – Volkl Deacon 84

BEST FOR: A high-end skier looking for a dedicated groomer ski. LENGTHS:              162, 167, 172, 177, 182 DIMENSIONS:         132/84/115 RADIUS:                 16@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1300 OTHER MODELS:    80, 79, 76, 75, 74  For this winter, Völkl expanded its Deacon series of on-piste rippers with several wider models. The 84 is the biggest of the clan, but … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Volkl Mantra V.Werks

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACKCOUNTRY MANTRA Völkl’s Mantra V.Werks is the super light version of its popular M5 Mantra, an on-piste, all-mountain weapon. While not a backcountry-specific ski, its wood core is lighter than the M5, optimizing it to play out of the ski area. The V.Werks has a carbon topsheet, while the … More »

Test 2019 women – Volkl Secret

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews DON’T TELL THE GUYS The women’s version of the popular Völkl Mantra M5 (now in its fifth reincarnation) is the Secret. It shares many of the same attributes that make the M5 one of the most anticipated skis coming out this year, including a Titanal frame, carbon tips and … More »

Test 2019 – Volkl Deacon 74

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews A DEACON IN THE ICE Global warming is a bitch. It means variable snow is more likely at your resort. It’s for those days that Völkl made the Deacon. The iconic German brand’s newest carving ski is loaded with technology for skiing freeze-thaw conditions, in other words carving on … More »

If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … More »

Combo: Chilkat Pass and Volkl VTA 98

Where: Northern Coast Range between Haines Junction, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska. Why: Wide-open ridges heading off in every direction. Suggested ski:  Völkl VTA 98 When the well-known spines of the mountains around Haines are socked in, the Chilkat Pass, just up the road and serviced by a good paved road, is often sunny and ready … More »

He Said, She Said

Heard at the ski trade show last winter “We’re a downhill, go-fast brand.” —Chris Vanderknokke, Head Winter Sports Manager “It’s the consumer that leads where the product is going.” —Virginie Murdison on Atomic’s move into the backcountry “We’re competing with computer gaming. With our built-in heaters, now you can go skiing and not freeze your … More »

What’s Trending

from Buyer’s Guide 2015 He said, she said Overheard at Denver’s  2014 SIA trade show: “If that were a bicycle, it would be a $10,000 frame.” Michael Kay talking about Völkl’s BMT chassis. “Duuuuude. It’s legal now. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Next year they’ll be selling it at Walmart.” Some random guy with beady eyes … More »

Volkl

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 »

Völkl Blaze 106 ski test

SKI TEST 2021 VOLKL BLAZE 106 * Editors’ Choice * BEST FOR: Mount a Marker Duke PT and you’ve got a freeride and touring quiver of one. The Blaze is part of a growing category of skis that blend do-it-all performance with backcountry-capable weight. Reports from the front line suggest the Blaze might be one … More »

Test 2020 – Volkl Deacon 84

BEST FOR: A high-end skier looking for a dedicated groomer ski. LENGTHS:              162, 167, 172, 177, 182 DIMENSIONS:         132/84/115 RADIUS:                 16@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1300 OTHER MODELS:    80, 79, 76, 75, 74  For this winter, Völkl expanded its Deacon series of on-piste rippers with several wider models. The 84 is the biggest of the clan, but … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Volkl Mantra V.Werks

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACKCOUNTRY MANTRA Völkl’s Mantra V.Werks is the super light version of its popular M5 Mantra, an on-piste, all-mountain weapon. While not a backcountry-specific ski, its wood core is lighter than the M5, optimizing it to play out of the ski area. The V.Werks has a carbon topsheet, while the … More »

Test 2019 women – Volkl Secret

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews DON’T TELL THE GUYS The women’s version of the popular Völkl Mantra M5 (now in its fifth reincarnation) is the Secret. It shares many of the same attributes that make the M5 one of the most anticipated skis coming out this year, including a Titanal frame, carbon tips and … More »

Test 2019 – Volkl Deacon 74

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews A DEACON IN THE ICE Global warming is a bitch. It means variable snow is more likely at your resort. It’s for those days that Völkl made the Deacon. The iconic German brand’s newest carving ski is loaded with technology for skiing freeze-thaw conditions, in other words carving on … More »

If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … More »

Combo: Chilkat Pass and Volkl VTA 98

Where: Northern Coast Range between Haines Junction, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska. Why: Wide-open ridges heading off in every direction. Suggested ski:  Völkl VTA 98 When the well-known spines of the mountains around Haines are socked in, the Chilkat Pass, just up the road and serviced by a good paved road, is often sunny and ready … More »

He Said, She Said

Heard at the ski trade show last winter “We’re a downhill, go-fast brand.” —Chris Vanderknokke, Head Winter Sports Manager “It’s the consumer that leads where the product is going.” —Virginie Murdison on Atomic’s move into the backcountry “We’re competing with computer gaming. With our built-in heaters, now you can go skiing and not freeze your … More »

What’s Trending

from Buyer’s Guide 2015 He said, she said Overheard at Denver’s  2014 SIA trade show: “If that were a bicycle, it would be a $10,000 frame.” Michael Kay talking about Völkl’s BMT chassis. “Duuuuude. It’s legal now. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Next year they’ll be selling it at Walmart.” Some random guy with beady eyes … More »

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