Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 85
Where the fully cambered Wall is the go-to ski for serious park competitions, the Step, with its tip and tail rocker, offers a more versatile everyday ride that is still park-oriented. With its symmetrical sidecut and center mounting point, the Step is just as adept at going backwards as the Wall, and at 85 mm in the waist, it's roughly the same width. But it's considerably less expensive. Volkl's Freestyle series includes five models of men's park and pipe skis ranging in width from 81 mm (the affordable Alley) up to 95 mm (the new Revolt). All but the value-priced Alley are full wood-core, vertical-sidewall, torsion-box constructions, built to take a beating in the park and all over the mountain. All are sold flat, giving the consumer the option of adding whatever binding he chooses. Prices range from $445 for the Alley to $650 for the Wall. The Wall and the Alley are both full-camber skis-with carving power and rebound energy that's good for jacking high out of the pipe. The rest have rocker tip and tail for enhanced flotation, shock absorption, and maneuverability in soft snow.