Gear

Völkl Flair 81 E

2018 Hard Snow Ski

Overall Rating: 3.99


Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

128-81-109

Lengths (cm)

149, 156, 163, 170

Radius (m)

14.7

Symmetrical

Yes

Binding Included

Yes

Gender

Female

Level

Expert

Waist Width (mm)

75-89

Though the Flair 81 was new (and a medal-winner) last season, Völkl’s German engineers don’t turn off their laptops that easily. This season, they took the already light and strong construction and decided to integrate 3-D Glass, which wraps torsionally rigid and lightweight fiberglass over the sidewall underfoot where you pressure the ski. The result is even better edge grip—and a category-topping overall score. Testers were impressed that a ski without metal could be so damp and smooth—noting it flowed downhill like a river. “Combines the feeling of silkiness and suction,” Barnes said. “Instills confidence at speed.”

Strengths: Balance of Skills/Versatility, Overall Impression 

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