Volkl skis are seeing an expansion of the 3D Radius technology into nearly all skis. 3D Radius means three different portions to the sidecut of the ski. A long tail and long tip radius allows for big turns at high speed and lots of maneuverability. A tight center radius allows for extreme ease in executing short turns at slower speeds. Combined, the skier can transform from long to short, short to long turns with ease. 3D Glass technology is being incorporated into nearly all skis as well. 3D Glass is a fiberglass weave inserted at tip and tail to provide less weight with greater torsional stability. The fiberglass is thicker over the sidewall to provide great gripping power, while a flat/non-weave glass in placed under the binding to provide greater softness allowing for easy initiation of turns at any speed.
Men’s Volkl 2020/2021 Skis at Avie’s Ski / Sports
Deacon are Volkl’s all mountain skis, but they excel on the front-side as great carving skis and are equipped with Volkl ski legendary gripping power on crusty, crunchy, icy surfaces.
- Deacon 79 $950 / $799 Avie’s Avie’s Ski Testers found Deacon 79 to be a great front-side ski. They carved well and handled anything on the groomers with ease, including hard pack and icy patches. Deacon 79 carved out big turns with ease, but jumped in and out of quick turns nicely; the extended tip and tail rocker found on this ski may be a reason. Avie’s Ski Testers agreed that Deacon 79 is a bit demanding, so skiers need to pay attention to keep the skis performing at their best. A great ripper for proficient intermediate and better skiers who love the groomers.
Volkl Blaze are all new freeride skis for the 20/21 season. Designed to give the ultimate of pleasure off piste, Blaze are designed to float, be playful, and be fun. Blaze skis are modeled after the Mantra/Kendo series of skis—which are all mountain skis—but with a more playful twist than their more serious cousins. Blaze skis are lighter in weight, more flexible and responsive, and with a lot more “pop” in all that they do. Blaze are the ski for those that seek out days in the woods, the ungroomed trails, the bumps, and the powder stashes hidden here and there throughout every ski area.
- Blaze 106 $700 / $599 Avie’s Avie’s Ski Testers found Blaze 106 to be incredible fun in the trees and through the woods, over powder and bashing the bumps. They are light in weight for uphill travel, and 3D Radius kicks in to provide great flexibility all around the mountain. Blaze 106 would be a great choice of advanced intermediate/expert skiers wanting a wider, powder-worthy fun ski that they can also use touring.
- Blaze 94 $650 / $549 Avie’s SKI magazine rated this ski as Best Value in the All Mountain category for men. Avie’s Ski Testers agree. Super light and super floaty, Avie’s Ski Testers found them a great ski on soft snow, in powder, the woods, and on ungroomed/untracked slopes. Avie’s Ski Testers found Blaze 94 fair on hardpack surfaces, and better in shorter turns due to the narrower waist. Intermediate and advanced Intermediate skiers should take a serious look at Blaze 94—a super fun ski. Pairs best with Marker Griffon binding if uphill/backcountry exploration is not in your list of things to do in the snow.
KENDO / KANJO
These skis are the Volkl all mountain freeride originals. Except that Kanjo is new for the 20/21 season. Kendo continues to be that solid performer with the titanal sheets that give it that legendary Volkl grip in the turns. Kanjo is on the softer side of the series, being lighter and more responsive. Kanjo is a bit more playful and easier skiing, but still a serious performer.
- Kendo 88 $775 / $649 Avie’s Kendo continues to be a great all around the mountain ski. It handles all conditions, and is a ski you can have total confidence in all the time every time. Good on hard pack and OK in powder. Avie’s Ski Testers continue to love the versatility and stability of this ski year after year. Intermediate to expert skiers will find Kendo to be a very, very good friend to have. Pairs well with Marker Squire or Griffon binding.
- Kanjo 84 $700 / $599 Avie’s For 20/21 Kanjo sees the addition of 3D radius inserts. Avie’s Ski Testers noticed the difference in how Kanjo handled going into and out of turns and found them to be a bit more relaxing than Kendo to ski on. Despite a 19 m turn radius, Avie’s Ski Testers found them to be light enough and poppy enough to do short, quick turns easily. Highly versatile. Kanjo is a great ski for anyone wanting a somewhat more fun, less demanding ski that is not tiring to handle, but still handles incredibly well. Any intermediate or better skier could have fun on this ski. Pairs well with Marker Squire or Griffon binding.
BASH / REVOLT Jr.
Volkl freestyle skis are designed for those who find their solace and fun in the park, in the bumps, or wherever they find the need to express their creative side though flips, spins, and other ski-bound moves. Teams of athletes, engineers, and artists worked together to come up with the Bash and Revolt series of freestyle skis. Each year new designs and new innovations will come these teams into Volkl’s freestyle skis.
- Bash 86 $500 / $399 Avie’s Bash 86 twin tip skis are a park / freestyle ski, having tip and tail rocker to help transition from air to ground, ground to air. They are also very well balanced for smooth transitions to switch and back. A solid wood core makes them super light, but incredibly stable. Bash 86 also handles the rest of the mountain with ease. Avie’s Ski Testers can attest to this, noting them to be turn-worthy, fun, light, and very playful. This will be a great ski for the advanced beginner, intermediate, and advanced skier who has that playful park personality. Pairs well with Marker Squire bindings.
- Revolt Jr. $425 / $319 Avie’s Revolt Jr. skis are light in weight but structurally stable and sound. Frontwards or backwards, front side or far side, off piste or in park, Revolt Jr. will be a great all around ski for the junior skier building skill and technique while having a ton of fun.
Women’s Volkl 2020/2021 Skis at Avie’s Ski / Sports
Flair are Volkl’s all mountain skis, but they excel on the front-side as great carving skis and are equipped with Volkl ski legendary gripping power on crusty, crunchy, icy surfaces.
- Flair 72 $600 / $499 Avie’s Avie’s Ski Testers found Flair 72 to be an easy turning, easy to handle ski. The narrow width makes them easy to initiate and end turns, and the tip rocker assists in helping the skier make turns nearly effortlessly. Avie’s Ski Testers found that Flair 72 skis carve well on edge. Flair 72 will be a great ski for beginners and intermediate level skiers who are learning and building skills.
These skis are the Volkl all mountain freeride originals. Except that Yumi is new for the 20/21 season. Yumi is on the softer side of the series, being lighter and more responsive. Yeah, a bit more playful and easier skiing, but still serious performers.
- Yumi 80 NEW $650 / $549 Avie’s Avie’s Ski Testers found Yumi 80 to be a great, fun, versatile ski. Yumi handled the hard pack crunchy stuff, but really excelled on the softer snow. Avie’s Ski Testers found Yumi 80 to be light and poppy, quick and easy into and out of turns. Advanced beginner to intermediate and above skiers will find Yumi 80 fun all over the ski mountain. Pairs well with Marker Squire or Griffon binding.
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