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Waist Width: 75
Lengths: 156, 166, 176, 186
The 2017 V-Werks Code UVO is the top-end model of Volkl’s Code series of racy, high-performance hard-snow carvers. Its slim, light-but-powerful 3D Ridge construction sets it apart from the other models in the series, which are standard laminate layups. It’s a carbon-rich version of the Code Speedwall L, with a similar waist width and the same rocker profile (early rise tip and tail, camber underfoot). It comes with a special V-Werks-version 12-DIN Marker binding. As part of the V-Werks collection of super-premium skis, it’s built with no sparing of expense on materials. Weight savings is the primary goal, which Volkl achieves not only by replacing fiberglass with carbon at every opportunity, but also by milling channels in the wood core and leaving them empty. Lighter skis usually trade stability at speed, but two sheets of metal and Volkl’s UVO vibration-dampening module mitigate that. The premium construction comes at a premium price: the V-Werks Code retails for $1,450, which is a couple hundred more than the next most expensive model in the line.
Volkl’s Code series includes four models built for strong, edgy, race-like performance on groomed snow, with waist widths of 74-76 mm-not quite narrow enough for racecourse ice, but ideal for carving up firm-to-velvety resort groomers. They’re essentially two steps shy of true FIS-level race-stock skis. (For even racier recreational rides, see the 66- and 70-mm Racetiger Speedwall “beer league” models, the SL and the GS.) The top model in the Code series, the V-Werks Code UVO, offers Volkl’s signature 3D Ridge construction, featuring a raised structural ridge down the center of the ski, which allows Volkl engineers to make the ski thinner, lighter, and more sensitive over the edges. The two middle models, the Speedwall L and Speedwall S, both feature Volkl’s Speedwall construction: The sidewalls are backed by extra-hard wood down the edges of the core, and because a highly edged and arcing ski has as much sidewall in the snow as it does base material, the sidewalls are waxable for enhanced glide and speed. All Code models feature Volkl’s UVO vibration dampening module, which is designed to quiet the ski at speed, allowing the edge to track smoothly and cleanly. All are full-wood-core, torsion-box constructions (where the core is wrapped in fiberglass for optimal torsional rigidity, or twist-resistance). All except the V-Werks Code have full-height, full-length vertical sidewalls for maximum edge power on hard snow. The Speedwall L and Speewall S have have top-and-bottom full sheets of metal reinforcement for extra dampness and power at the highest speeds, while the low-end Code UVO has less metal for a lighter, more forgiving ride.
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.