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Volkl Confession (2017)

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Völkl Confession

Rating: 3.26 / 5
Price: $875.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 117
Tip/Tail/Waist: 144-117-133
Lengths: 179, 186, 193

Stability at speed: 3.84 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.94 / 5
Crud performance: 3.59 / 5
Flotation: 3.98 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.93 / 5
Overall: 3.26 / 5

Völkl makes wide, slashy surfers that are loose in the snow (e.g. the One and Two), but this isn’t one of them. The Confession takes over where the retiring Shiro left off, with strong, locked-in performance for guys who like to put the hammer down in deep snow. There’s rocker at both ends and a little bit of slashy taper in the tip. But the Confession is built to be unrepentantly directional. There’s metal in the layup for stability—a single band down the middle, rather than two sheets—plus a layer of light, snappy carbon for power and rebound energy. Go ahead, confess your sins, but don’t expect forgiveness. Elling: “A full-throttle big-mountain charger. Better know how to stand on it, or it’ll expose your weaknesses.” 

The 2017 Confession is a new member of Volkl's four-ski collection of wide-waisted powder freeriders. Like the old Shiro, which it roughly replaces in the line, it's a fat deep-snow surfer built for a classically "directional" feel-no powder jibbing, no backwards skiing, no twin-tip. To that end, it's the only ski in the series with camber underfoot (for a stronger, edgier feel and more rebound energy) and both metal and carbon reinforcement in the layup (for high-speed stability and power). It also has a little less tip and tail taper than the other models, for quicker, less smeary turn initiation. 

Volkl's Freeskiing/Powder series includes its four fattest powder-surfing skis-the Confession (117-mm waist), the Two (124 mm), the One (116 mm) and the V-Werks Katana (112 mm). (The massive, 135-waisted Three and the long-admired Shiro have both been dropped from the line.) All of the powder freeriders except the Confession are built with subtle full-length rocker-a Volkl hallmark-rather than the usual tip and tail rocker (which is what the new, more "directional" Confession gets). While the Katana's special V-Werks superlight construction sets it apart, the rest offer the integrity of full wood cores and the edge power of sturdy full-length vertical sidewalls. All except the Confession are metal-free constructions, for lightness and liveliness. The Confession is reinforced with a band of metal down the middle, for extra stability and calmness at high speeds. All are built with tapered tips and tails, where the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot, giving the ski a looser, driftier, more maneuverable feel that promotes greater creativity of line choice and easier speed control in deep snow. All are sold flat (no binding). 

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 Confession is a new member of Volkl's four-ski collection of wide-waisted powder freeriders. Like the old Shiro, which it roughly replaces in the line, it's a fat deep-snow surfer built for a classically "directional" feel-no powder jibbing, no backwards skiing, no twin-tip. To that end, it's the only ski in the series with camber underfoot (for a stronger, edgier feel and more rebound energy) and both metal and carbon reinforcement in the layup (for high-speed stability and power). It also has a little less tip and tail taper than the other models, for quicker, less smeary turn initiation. 

Volkl's Freeskiing/Powder series includes its four fattest powder-surfing skis-the Confession (117-mm waist), the Two (124 mm), the One (116 mm) and the V-Werks Katana (112 mm). (The massive, 135-waisted Three and the long-admired Shiro have both been dropped from the line.) All of the powder freeriders except the Confession are built with subtle full-length rocker-a Volkl hallmark-rather than the usual tip and tail rocker (which is what the new, more "directional" Confession gets). While the Katana's special V-Werks superlight construction sets it apart, the rest offer the integrity of full wood cores and the edge power of sturdy full-length vertical sidewalls. All except the Confession are metal-free constructions, for lightness and liveliness. The Confession is reinforced with a band of metal down the middle, for extra stability and calmness at high speeds. All are built with tapered tips and tails, where the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot, giving the ski a looser, driftier, more maneuverable feel that promotes greater creativity of line choice and easier speed control in deep snow. All are sold flat (no binding). 

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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