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You can always have a V8.
With a wide, rockered tip, ample waist, and narrower tail, the Voile V8 Ski floats through pow and powers through crud, all while feeling light as a feather. This backcountry ski keeps the weight down with its lightweight cap construction, so the climbs are quick and easy. A moderate sidecut radius makes turning in any condition a breeze, from tight turns in trees to wide-open arcs on expansive bowls. This is Voile's new and lauded fat ski.
- Rockered tip, classic camber, and raised tail
- Cap construction
- Aspen wood core
- Carbon and fiberglass laminate
- 115-millimeter waist
- Large radius sidecut
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I'm also looking at this for a tele ski....
I'm also looking at this for a tele ski. I'm 5'7" and 170lbs. I currently ski a rossi T4 @ 168. Would you suggest 176 or165? It would be at the resorts as much as backcountry.
Looking at this for a tele ski. 5' 10, 145...
Looking at this for a tele ski. 5' 10, 145 lbs. 176 or 186? East Coast so tighter tree vs. open terrain.
You could certainly do well on either length but I would recommend the 176 as it will give you a little better maneuverability for East Coast snow and terrain.
more camber than I expected but its ok
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Im 6' 165 lbs. The 186 is about right. Had em out 2 days backcountry. 2 Mile flat approach, logged 4 or 5 thousand vertical. They tour excellent. Dynafit tlt5 boot is a nice match up. My first turns on this ski were in trees with a sumerged windslab. So I got worked a bit. Chipped out the topsheet pretty bad cause Im a tad sloppy. They dont seem that durable if you have control issues. Had em out today for a resort powder day with the tlt boots again. Had a great time. When I blew through coldsmoke down to suncrust they held well. No chatter. Im coming from coombacks so Im adding 30mm waist. The floatyness tends to translate into speed which took a little getting used to when cruising trees. Generally thrumbs up on the v8 achievement. My only beef would be that I prefer less camber when skiing backcountry powder. Maybe not quite as mellow as I'd like. but the camber adds versatility. I do expect that I'll be digging them in general because long days in the backcountry are what I like best. They might be lighter than my buddy's dps setup.
More than I expected!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these skis for the deep days when breaking trail is difficult even with 100mm wide skis. I haven't had any deep days yet but I have had these skis out in the backcountry twice and at the resort twice. The V8s are so much fun! They carve like crazy and with the early rise tip and tail they float through moguls. I weight 185 pounds and bought the 186 cm length which seems to be just right. Mine are mounted with Dynafit bindings at the manufacturer recommended position which looks too far forward but works great. My other skis are Skilogik Ullr's Chariots and Atomic Janaks. The V8s combine the best of both skis by touring well but having lots of exciting performance features.
Another sizing quesiton---does 6'5" and...
Another sizing quesiton---does 6'5" and 220 put me on the 193 if I am looking for primarily a powder ski, but one I will end up skiing most everything else on as well? I demo'd the 186 last year and loved it, so I'm torn... The 193 wasn't available to demo. Thanks!
Some powder ski models come in anoyingly broad sizes with as much as a 10-12cm gap in between. The Voile is an exception where you would really fit well on either the 186 or the 193. If you are looking for a strictly powder ski to round out your quiver I would definitely recommened the 193. However, if this will be an all mountain ski for you and you have loved riding the 186 in the past, you should not be afraid to go there. With their rocker profile you should still ride high in the 186cm.
Just the usual sizing question. I am 6'2",...
Just the usual sizing question. I am 6'2", 205 lbs. Looking to use this for a soft snow backcountry ski, mostly Roger's Pass/Revelstoke area. My others skis are G3 Saints and Manhattans both in 185cm. Thanks!
Im very similar in size to you and I've found myself happy on skis anywhere from 185cm to 195cm (id say my sweet spot is 190cm -192cm). It really depends on your skiing style and the type of skiing you plan on doing.
I presume since you're up in BC (lucky sob) that you find yourself with big open faces of powder where you can really open up the turns and rip fast. For that kind of skiing I'd recommend the 193. It will give you a longer turn radius and more stability at higher speeds. You ski 185s now so you understand how that length feels. If you like that nimbleness for trees, pillows, and tighter chutes, then go with the 186. Since you have 2 skis in that length already, might not be a bad idea to size up and expand the quiver. Based on your size you wont be overwhelmed by the length, you just have to know your own skiing style and decide from there.
Hope this helps!
What are the height/weight recommendations...
What are the height/weight recommendations for the 176? I'm 5'9" , 155 lbs and feel like I might be "in-between" 176 and 186. Skiing mostly backcountry powder. Has anyone ridden these things yet?? Can't wait to see the reviews coming in!
I haven't skied them yet, but I skied last season on Voile Busters in the same length. I'm 5'11 and 155 lbs, and I found that the Busters a teeny bit too long. On the uptrack, I found that the tails got in the way of kick turns, and in tight gullies and trees, they felt slightly cumbersome and I wanted a just a little less length. I think my ideal would be exactly in the middle: if Voile made a 181 cm, I would choose that.
Given that I'm a couple of inches taller than you and the 186 felt slightly too long, my advice to you would be to go for the 176.
The Voile website doesn't give a lot of guidance: suggested skier weight for the 176 cm ski is "120-190 lbs", and for the 186, "140+ lbs". See http://www.voile.com/voile-skis/voile-v8-skis-2013-2014.html
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I just got a pair of these in 186, and I...
I just got a pair of these in 186, and I plan on mounting them with some dynafit radical st's. any suggestions between getting 130 brakes or 110 brakes and just bending them out? It seems that 130 might be a little big.
Lou Dawson's WildSnow blog has long been the best resource for all questions Dynafit. So with a tip o' the hat to Lou, I think you'll be able to get 5mm. There are two things to do, first, you can get some extra room by shaving down the inside plastic on the brake. (Keep in mind, you don't want to expose the metal else the entire plastic foot will be easily lost.) Second, you can bend them out. Here the issue is that in the past the metal has been brittle. However, there is some good discussion on WildSnow. Look for the post entitled "Dynafit Brakes ? How Wide? Another Chapter in the ?Ask Louie? Series".
If I am approximately 165lbs and expert...
If I am approximately 165lbs and expert skier, what is the best size for this ski.
Thanks for the question. It'll depend on the turn shape that'll make you smile the most. For an everyday, every turn ski go with the 186. But if really opening up your speed and only long drawn out turns will do, the 193 will suffice so long as you have the running room to use it as it will get a bit unwieldy in tighter spots. An overall fantastic backcountry ski for areas that get a fair amount of snow.