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Rating: 3.32 / 5
Waist Width: 84
Stability at speed: 4.00 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.65 / 5
Crud performance: 3.20 / 5
Flotation: 1.85 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.40 / 5
Overall: 3.32 / 5
Long a top seller for Volkl, the RTM series has been redesigned. Its new 3D Ridge construction (thick down the middle, thinner toward the edges) saves weight; a new binding interface grapples the binding from the sides for enhanced energy transmission to the edge. The result is a return to the top of the rankings. As the second-widest ski in the category, it promises a bit of soft-snow versatility. And testers praised its performance at moderate speeds and even in bumps, but the RTM really shines at crazy speeds on hardpack and soft groomers, loving long arcs especially. “With its dampening system and new shape, it really hugs the terrain. No speed limit. A thrilling frontside ripper.”
NOTES: The new RTM 84 UVO is similar to the RTM 86 UVO-a frontside, all-mountain everyday trail-oriented ski. But in addition to being very slightly narrower, the 84 lacks the more expensive top-and-bottom Titanal metal reinforcement of the 86, making it lighter and livelier, if not as calm at high speeds. Like the 86, it’s sold as a system only, with either a 12-DIN or 14-DIN Marker binding.
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.