Model: Blaze 106 W
Overall Ranking: #5
Overall Score: 3.75 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
158, 165, 172
14m (165cm length)
Waist Width (mm)
Wood, Titanal Laminate
Stability at Speed
4.00 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability
4.25 / 5
4.06 / 5
3.81 / 5
Hard Snow Performance
3.06 / 5
3.81 / 5
Balance of Skills
3.81 / 5
3.75 / 5
With a name like Blaze, it should come as no surprise that this ski impressed testers with its zippiness and dominated in the Quickness and Playfulness skill departments. And yet, it is a little surprising considering Völkl’s tendency to design skis with more serious personalities (we’re looking at you, Völkl Kenja).
But the Völkl Blaze 106 W, first introduced last season, is the opposite of what we’ve come to expect from a traditional Völkl ski. Testers call it an easy, forgiving ski that is most at home off the groomed and in tight, technical terrain.
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“Super nimble and easy to get around in anything,” notes tester Courtney Harkins. “It crushes crud and bounds around bumps easily. It definitely prefers short-swing turns.”
What’s more, testers praised how approachable the Blaze 106 W is to a wide range of ability levels—another quality we’re not used to in a Völkl ski. They just wish the Völkl Blaze 106 W had a smidge more of that traditional Völkl oomph for tackling crud and hardpack.
Unlike a lot of Völkl sticks that include a layer of metal throughout the length of the ski, the Blaze 106 W only features a Titanal laminate right underfoot, which helps reduce the weight of the ski while still reinforcing a critical area. This means the Völkl Blaze 106 W is much better suited to playing in powder and soft snow than its Völkl siblings, but it’s not as stable or dependable on hardpack and on edge. “It tends to get overpowered on harder snow and in big bowls,” notes Harkins.
But that’s a shortcoming that testers are willing to live with because the Völkl Blaze 106 W is such a fun, playful, and accessible deep snow ski. This Völkl is much more accessible than other models and would make a great powder ski for intermediate and expert ladies alike, especially if those ladies find themselves drawn to lightweight, playful skis.
“This is a superstar-building machine,” sums up tester Georgie Bremner. “You could put any woman or man on this and train them to center stage. Builds confidence and tackles all terrain with a great attitude.”
- Strengths: Quickness (1st in category), Playfulness (2nd)
- Weaknesses: Flotation (6th), Crud-Performance (6th)