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Waist Width: 94
Lengths: 166, 176, 186
The BMT 94 is the narrowest ski in the three-model V-Werks BMT line of fat-but-light touring skis. It sacrifices some of the deep snow flotation of the wider models (BMT 109 and BMT 122) but gains a measure of quickness and hardpack performance the other two lack. And it’s lighter: just 1,570 grams in the 186-cm 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.