Rating: 3.48 / 5
Waist Width: 108
Stability at speed: 3.63 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.04 / 5
Crud performance: 3.70 / 5
Flotation: 3.91 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.90 / 5
Overall: 3.48 / 5
Volkl's new 3D Ridge construction focuses mass down the middle so the ski can be thinner toward the edges for enhanced sensitivity. Testers were awed by a lightness and quickness they didn't expect in a ski this wide. The 100Eight, widest of the new Eight series, is a floater first, but even with its lowered sidewalls it lacked little for trustworthy edginess. If the sloppy sluggishness of other extra-wides has bothered you, try this one. Rogan: "Huge range of abilities for a ski this wide. Crud, groomers, pow- der...no problem."
NOTES: The 100Eight is a new model from Volkl—a fat, flat-tailed all-mountain ski designed to float in powder and carve on hardpack with equal facility. Despite its width, 108 mm, Volkl constructs it to be light and lively, and sees it as an everyday ride for skiers who spend most of their time in soft snow. It features Volkl's new 3D Ridge construction: A raised ridge down the middle of the ski gives it strength so that it can be slimmer, lighter, and more sensitive over the edges.
It's part of Volkl's All-Mountain Freeskiing collection, which includes five midfat models built for all-conditions versatility and ranging in width from a modest 89 mm (Kink) to a powder-ready 108 mm (100Eight). The series includes two important new models, the 100Eight and the 90Eight, as well as longtime Volkl stalwarts like the Mantra and Kendo. All are built with wood cores for snappy performance and durability. Most have tapered tips, where the widest part of the ski is pulled back toward the foot, giving them a looser, more maneuverable feel, especially in deep snow. All are sold flat (no binding). The Mantra and 100Eight are fully rockered for maximum buoyancy and shock absorption. The 90Eight, Kendo and Kink have rocker tip and tail with camber underfoot for positive edge grip and more traditional feeling rebound energy.