Maciej P.wrote a review of Voile V8 Ski on February 5, 2016
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The binding pulled out of a beloved set of Voile Busters last year, so I decided to try their replacement, the V8. Based on many reviews, I expected a slightly more nimble version of the Buster.
The Busters were easy to turn, but rewarded driving the shovels and skiing aggressively (maybe that's how my Dynafit toe ripped out?).
The shovels on the V8's are utterly gutless....I mean they fold like a lawnchair if I get on them. In windblown powder or cream cheese, I have to back WAAAAY off and make smaller turns or I get bucked into the backseat. To be fair, if the shovels aren't loaded by snow (groomers, ultra-dry powder, or firm snow) this issue isn't as severe. However, this problem has also reared its head on steep firm terrain.
To add insult to injury, that backseat has almost no support. If I get pushed back there (or land a drop further back than I'd like) things get squirrely.
6 or 7 years ago this ski would have been a revelation-able to go downhill ok but light enough to make touring easy. Today, skis like the Armada KUFO's or Volkl Nunataq's (personal fave I've demoed) are light for the up, easy to thread through the trees but still have the horsepower to rip a line. The sweet spot (fore and aft as well as speed) for V8's is unacceptable when the competition has a notably broader spectrum of competence.
At least they're cheap.
Oh, and as for me I'm 5'9", 155-160 pound avid backcountry skier who likes 4-6k vert tours and going fast on the down. Skis are 176cm mounted with Radical ST 2.0's, boots are BD Primes with Intuition liners. Skis have been used in SE Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Teton Pass, and Rogers Pass (B.C.) in just about every kind of snow.