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Waist Width: 81
Significantly narrower than the top of the line RTM 86, the 81 is also lighter weight. It's designed to be quicker edge to edge, livelier, and more forgiving for skiers of lesser skill, with no top-and-bottom metal reinforcement or UVO dampening module as found in the more expensive models. It's sold as a system only, with a sturdy 12-DIN Marker binding appropriate for all but the heaviest and hardest chargers. The RTM (Ride the Mountain) line is Volkl's six-model collection of frontside all-mountain skis built for everyday resort performance. RTM skis range in width from 75 up to 86 mm, with higher-performing models at the wider end of the spectrum. The collection is updated this year with the introduction of new 3D Ridge construction in the three widest models (81, 84, and 86). Borrowed from the V-Werks line of super premium skis, it features a raised ridge down the center of the ski, which allows the ski to be thinner, lighter, and more sensitive over the edges. The top to models, (84 and 86) now come with a Marker WideRide binding interface designed to deliver more power to the edge on wider skis. All RTM skis are wood core constructions. Tip and tail rocker enhance maneuverability, shock absorption, and maneuverability. Volkl's UVO dampening module quiets the vibrations that occur at speed, allowing the ski to track more cleanly through the snow.