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Waist Width: 122
Lengths: 176, 186
The fattest (at 122 mm) of the three-model V-Werks BMT series of wide, light backcountry touring skis, the 2017 Volkl BMT 122 offers the most flotation in powder. It’s a big ski, but weighs just 1,940 grams in the 186 length.
The BMT series comprises three models ranging in width from 94 up to 122 mm. All are wide by backcountry touring standards-they’re freeriders designed for optimal flotation and fun in deep backcountry snow-but Volkl’s premium V-Werks construction keeps the weight down at every opportunity. All are wood-core, carbon-rich constructions featuring Volkl’s 3D Ridge construction: A raised ridge down the center of the ski that allows the ski to be thinner, lighter, and more sensitive over the edges yet just as strong torsionally and longitudinally. Volkl sells pre-cut, glueless skins (two kinds: traditional or high-tech Vacuum; both $239) to match each BMT model.
Volkl is based in Straubing, Germany (Bavaria), where it has been making skis since 1914. Affiliated brands include Dalbello and Marker. Like K2 and Line, Volkl is a subsidiary of Jarden Corp., which itself became a subsidiary of the Newell Rubbermaid consumer-products conglomerate in 2016. -J.C.