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Rating: 3.34 / 5
Waist Width: 98
Stability at speed: 3.45 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.92 / 5
Crud performance: 3.48 / 5
Flotation: 3.87 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.90 / 5
Overall: 3.34 / 5
The 98-mm-wide 90Eight covers what has become a key waist width that is popular with ski buyers, but it does so in a unique new construction from Volkl. Like the 100Eight, its built with Volkl’s new 3D Ridge construction, in which 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. The 90Eight is lighter and quicker to edge than the 100Eight, and will handle more responsively on hard snow. Volkl sees even Eastern skiers using it as an everyday ski when conditions are right.
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.