Volkl Ski 2013Written by Dan Morgan, Monday, 13 February 2012
Light is the name of game from the German ski behemoths for 2012-2013 as Volkl slim down components in skis and bindings in an effort to increase performance and fun whilst still retaining power and grunt when you need it.
Volkl V-Werks 2013
The high-end Volkl V-Werks lightweight “flagship” skis are available within both the Volkl Code and RTM series and combining Carbon, Aramid and Titanium for edge grip whilst keeping weight down.
The V-Werks Code measures 122-76-104 sizing from 171 though 185, while the fully rockered RTM variant is 129-84-111 and is available in a 171 through 181.
Volkl Freeski 2013
On the freeski side – few new faces but plenty of upgrades across a well established line.
The powder-killing Kuro (164-132-139) has been updated with partial titanal belts for increased stability and transfer of powder that will go nicely with the smile you’ll be wearing if you have any “need” to be skiing on a pair of these. Minor tweaks for the Kendo too.
On the freestyle side, Volkl’s new kid Kink along with the returning Step (a premium version of the Ledge) and Ledge have tip and tail rocker for versatility and handling in the pipe and on rails. The Volkl Kink comes in at 122-89-112, with sizes from 147 through 179 and provides a freestyle ski with a bit of width in the middle and a meatier sidecut.
Volkl Ladies 2013
Ladies have a whole new range of skis for the front side in the Essenza series covering the full spectrum from a 120-73-105 up to a 127-79-100. Like the V-Werks, all the Essenza models are light – significantly lighter then their predecessors in fact thanks to Volkl’s BIO-LOGIC xtraLIGHT which is exclusively available in this range and works on the stance, core, flex, geometry and even the rocker to shave off those extra few grams and appease the ladies. The stance factor actually makes the toe higher than the heel for a more efficient, less tiring day on the slopes.
Volkl’s Ladies freestyle range sees the PRL swapped out with the Pyra. The Pyra measures up as a symmetrical 112-85-112 along with tip and tail rocker. For aspiring or cash-strapped freestylers the Gem returns. The Kenja freeride ski doesn’t escape the rocker treatment, with early rise tips and a revised sidecut (131-96-114).
Volkl Tour 2013
The comprehensive touring range returns with everything from the fully rockered Nunataq to the regular camber Amaruq, all with the mandatory and probably more justified range of made to measure skins in a mohair and nylon mix across the board.