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The Best Men’s All-Mountain Wide Skis of 2022: Völkl Blaze 106

The lightweight Völkl Blaze 106 can hold its own all over any ski resort, as well as deep into the backcountry.

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Brand: Völkl

Model: Blaze 106

Overall Ranking: #8

Overall Score: 3.81 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

146-106-128

Lengths (cm)

165, 172, 179, 186

Radius (m)

17 (179 length)

Waist Width (mm)

106

Gender

Male

Level

Intermediate to Expert

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Wood

Stability at Speed

3.82 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

3.71 / 5

Playfulness

3.71 / 5

Forgiveness

3.71 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.79 / 5

Crud Performance

3.93 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.68 / 5

Flotation

4 / 5

2022 Völkl Blaze 106

The second-highest ranked ski without metal, the Blaze 106 garnered high praise from testers for having guts and muscle but not requiring the user to need those things to have fun. The testers described Völkl’s 3D Radius design—which provides a shorter turn radius at slower speeds and a longer one when speed and space increase—as magical. For a wider ski like the Blaze 106, this leads to reliability in variable terrain. “Moves when it needs to move with no surprises.” says tester Mark Syrovatka.

Plentiful rocker on a wide platform gives the ski a surfy feel in soft snow, but the stability provided from a wood core that extends into the shovel keeps the Blaze 106 happy in firm conditions as well. The result is an ideal weapon for skiers who head to steep, gated terrain every day, regardless of conditions. After all, groomers get boring pretty quickly. “Fun light swing weight makes it easy to control speed through tight trees,” comments Luke Larsen. “Easy to push from turn to turn.”

With only a short strip of Titanal where the binding is mounted, the Blaze 106 is an ideal option for resort skiers who dabble in the backcountry, or backcountry skiers who demand a high level of downhill performance. Paired with a proper hybrid binding, the Blaze 106 is keen for laps off the lift, the bootpack, the skin track, and beyond. “Dependable performance in a 106mm underfoot package,” says tester Todd Casey. “It’s a great tool for lots of different skiing abilities.”

  • Strengths: Flotation (7th in category), Hard-Snow Integrity (6th)
  • Weaknesses: Quickness/Maneuverability (11th), Stability at Speed (11th)

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Völkl Blaze 106 – 2021 Backcountry Ski Review

The 2021 Völkl Blaze 106 Backcountry Ski
The 2021 Völkl Blaze 106 Backcountry SkiPhoto courtesy of Völkl

The built-from-scratch Blaze series from Völkl fits in the gray space between affordable freeride ski and backcountry-oriented do-it-all tool. With a proprietary multi-layer wood core and a vibration-damping suspension system strategically placed in the tip and tail, the construction of the Blaze 106 is relatively simple but very functional. This Völkl is particularly versatile in the backcountry thanks to the brand’s 3D Radius Sidecut, which keeps the ski nimble at slower speeds and in tight spaces, but is especially capable when going fast down the fall line. Best of all, with an affordable price tag, this ski is a perfect choice for skiers looking for an intro-to-backcountry ski that is also very comfortable off the chairlift.

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