Volkl Kink (2016)

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Rating: 1.76 / 5
Price: $600.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 89
Tip/Tail/Waist: 122-89-112
Lengths: 147,155,163,171,179

Stability at speed: 1.65 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.48 / 5
Crud performance: 1.45 / 5
Flotation: 1.87 / 5
Forgiveness: 1.63 / 5
Overall: 1.76 / 5

The Kink is the narrowest, most youthful, and least expensive model in Volkl's All-Mountain Freeskiing collection. (It will sell for a "street price" of about $500 in many shops.) It's built for durability and all-terrain, all-conditions versatility, and with its twintip construction its ready for action in the terrain park. Volkl's All-Mountain Freeskiing collection 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.