Volkl Three (2015)

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Rating: 3.42 / 5
Price: $995.00
Year: 2015
Level: 4
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 135
Tip/Tail/Waist: 150-135-140
Lengths: 176, 186, 196

Stability at speed: 3.46 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.53 / 5
Crud performance: 2.84 / 5
Flotation: 4.52 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.97 / 5
Overall: 3.42 / 5

"The Volkl Three is the newest (and fattest) model in the Volkl collection of fat powder skis. Its drastic tip and tail taper (the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the binding), and full rocker shape are built to offer a looser, smearier ride in deep snow. And at 135 mm, it's the fattest ski Volkl makes. No metal is used, in order to keep it relatively light and lively for a ski this wide. It's part of the Big Mountain Freeskiing collection, which includes all of Volkl's fattest skis, from the Two, which is essentially a narrower (124 mm) version of the Three, down to the venerable Gotama, which, at 107 mm underfoot, will offer a measure of hard-snow versatility. All offer the integrity of full wood cores and sturdy vertical sidewalls. Some incorporate two sheets of metal for a traditionally powerful performance, while some are carbon-reinforced so as to be lighter weight. All are sold flat (no binding). All are fully rockered tip to tail, with no camber underfoot, for maximum float and surfiness in deep snow. Here's what testers say: "It's a great AK ski for expert skiers. Just open it up in powder fields. Forget skiing it on groomers or ice, it makes you feel like a beginner." - Gordy Megroz "Fun in deep, even tracked deep. It's scary where it's hard or bumpy - only for the resort if you own the resort." - Colin Moffatt "This ski is exactly what I wanted. It floats like nobody's business. It's super playful and loose. It's got a great color and won't get lost if it comes off in pow." - Sam Bass "It's very floaty and easygoing in fresh. It's quick in the trees and through obstacles. It glides through broken snow with smooth forgiveness." - Bob Gleason

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