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Volkl 100EIGHT (2017)

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Völkl 100Eight

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Rating: 3.47 / 5
Price: $825.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 108
Tip/Tail/Waist: 141-108-124
Lengths: 173, 181, 189

Stability at speed: 3.54 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.18 / 5
Crud performance: 3.81 / 5
Flotation: 4.13 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.10 / 5
Overall: 3.47 / 5

No surprise that the widest ski in the category was the best floater in deep snow. What’s surprising is how good a flat-snow carver the 100Eight is. Völkl’s 3D Ridge construction—thick down the middle, for powder, but thin over the edges, to save weight—looks like it might give up some edge power and stability on hardpack. It doesn’t. Still, powder, crud, and off-piste terrain are its specialties. Tip rocker and a tapered shape keep it loose and surfy, easy to foot-steer. And testers won- dered why you’d need anything wider, given how buoyant it is in deep stuff. It’s not the quickest or most forgiving in the bunch, but that won’t bother Völkl fans and strong skiers. Casey: “Unflappable. Smooth and precise from edge to edge.”

The 2017 Volkl 100Eight, which debuted in 2016, is a fat, flat-tailed all-mountain ski designed to float in powder and carve on hardpack with near-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 3D Ridge construction: A raised ridge down the middle of the ski that 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). Along with the newer models, the 100Eight and the 90Eight, the series includes two longtime Volkl stalwarts, the Mantra and Kendo. All are built with wood cores for snappy performance and durability. All but the relatively narrow-waisted Kink 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.

Volkl is based in Straubing, Germany (Bavaria), where it has been making skis since 1914. Affiliated brands include Dalbello and Marker. Like K2 and Line, Volkl is a subsidiary of Jarden Corp., which itself became a subsidiary of the Newell Rubbermaid consumer-products conglomerate in 2016. -J.C.

Notes: The 2017 Volkl 100Eight, which debuted in 2016, is a fat, flat-tailed all-mountain ski designed to float in powder and carve on hardpack with near-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 3D Ridge construction: A raised ridge down the middle of the ski that 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). Along with the newer models, the 100Eight and the 90Eight, the series includes two longtime Volkl stalwarts, the Mantra and Kendo. All are built with wood cores for snappy performance and durability. All but the relatively narrow-waisted Kink 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.

Volkl is based in Straubing, Germany (Bavaria), where it has been making skis since 1914. Affiliated brands include Dalbello and Marker. Like K2 and Line, Volkl is a subsidiary of Jarden Corp., which itself became a subsidiary of the Newell Rubbermaid consumer-products conglomerate in 2016. -J.C.

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