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Waist Width: 86
The new RTM 86 UVO is the widest and highest-performing model in Volkl's RTM line. Its 86 mm width gives it some soft-snow flotation that keeps it from trenching too deeply in soft snow, but it's forte is long high-speed arcs on groomed snow and hardpack. Its wood core is reinforced with two sheets of metal. It's sold as a system only, with either a 12-DIN ($1,175) or 14-DIN ($1,350) 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.