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Volkl 90EIGHT W (2017)

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Rating: 3.27 / 5
Price: $825.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 98
Tip/Tail/Waist: 133-98-116
Lengths: 156, 163, 170

Stability at speed: 3.65 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.40 / 5
Crud performance: 3.40 / 5
Flotation: 3.08 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.85 / 5
Overall: 3.27 / 5

The new 90Eight has an interesting look: thick down the middle for power, but thin near the edges to save weight. Some testers loved it for its strength and stability, others for its soft-snow surfiness, and it’s got enough of both to register a strong Overall Impression score. You don’t have to hit the gym to be able to handle it, but it helps. McElroy: “A ripper. Skis like an off-duty race ski. It’s stiff, but there’s a nice fluidity to it too.”