Skins are so last winter.
Sprint up the skin track with the lightweight Voile Vector BC Ski and
begin hunting for the sweetest stashes, coolest lines, and most technical couloirs. With the same dimensions and construction as the regular Vector, the Vector BC's a do-it-all ski with one important difference: the addition of an underfoot fishscale climbing pattern, which lets you handle moderate ascents without taking skins out of your pack. You'll still want them for steeper climbs, but if you're spending time in rolling terrain, the Vector BC's going to be your weapon of choice.
win-win-win combo of a rockered tip, slightly raised tail, and
traditional camber underfoot lets you lay down a solid edge on hardpack,
float through the freshies, and rally through crud without breaking a
sweat—after all, backcountry terrain can change with the slightest
difference in aspect, time, and elevation, so you need to ready for all
of it. The Vector BC was also built with Voile's legendary
lightweight construction, making it superlight, tough,
and stable, while its cap construction reduces weight for quick climbing
and easy maneuverability in tight spots. Voile topped the core off with
a carbon fiberglass laminate to add some stiffness and power without
making things heavy, and kept the Vector BC's waist wide enough for
knee-deep pow and crud without sacrificing stability. Finally, the BC's semi-wide-radius sidecut gives you high-speed stability when
you're ripping down tight tree runs or charging down wide open bowls, giving it versatility that most alpine and nordic-touring-style skis just can't match.
- Traditional camber underfoot with a rockered tip
- Slightly raised tail
- Aspen core
- Carbon fiberglass laminate
- Cap construction
- Fishscale climbing pattern underfoot
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- Q & A
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are pretty amazing. Fast and smooth for low angle stuff but more impressive is that I can skin up legit peaks with no skins and then ski down them without even realizing the scales are on the bottom.
I ride these with the BD 01 binding and ultralight Scott/Garmont tele boots. It makes for a sweet all mountain set-up that excels in mixed terrain.
I bought these a year ago and have logged ~40 days in the backcountry on them. When I'm not using these, I'm on Black Diamond Megawatt with stiff boots and NTN bindings.
I think these are a much better solution than cross country skis for anything that isn't groomed. I don't have a problem keeping up on the flats even though these are a bit wider than a classic cross country ski and with the size and cut of the boards you can actually ski downhill in them.