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Never mind the gap between the terrain park and the rest of the mountain.
The Volkl Bridge Ski is your connection to ski-slope fun. A curvy ski that spans the gap between an all-mountain and pipe-n-park due to a fairly short turning radius, the Bridge begs for slaloms, trick parks, and trees. While you won't encounter flying monkeys, you might find stashes of untracked powder, and 95mm underfoot means you can handle that, too.Volkl's full rocker and Extended Low Profile mugshot shows a flat camber underfoot, finished off by rocker tip and tail. The modus operandi of the ELP is easy handling in soft snow without abdicating all control on hardpack groomers. Given that the ski lies flat against the snow, it will be harder for a novice skier to put the ski on edge than with a positive-cambered ski, but well-seasoned park players and all-mountain maniacs will be in heaven.
Unlike the Tacoma Narrows Bridge built in 1940, the Bridge ski is a solid piece of German engineering. The multi-layer Sensorwood core creates a solid foundation atop which Power/Tough Box sidewall construction sits. If you envision the core in thirds, the center portion is made of ash, providing stability and secure binding-screw retention. The outer thirds of the ski are made from a poplar and beech laminate. Softer than ash, the laminate offers snap without sass, so you can ride the rails, land your jumps, and cruise the blues.
The Bridge is made using traditional vertical sidewall construction. First, the wood core is wrapped in a fiberglass sheath for side-to-side stability. Then, carbon-fiber stringers are then laid vertically over the ski, for tip-to-tail stability. By using different materials, Volkl's Power/Tough Box construction creates a ski that pops when you want it to, follows your lead, and dampens vibrations for a smooth ride.
- Full rocker, Extended Low Profile (ELP)
- Multi-layer Sensorwood core
- Torsion box internal layup
- Traditional sidewalls
- 95mm wide
- 16.5m turn radius @ 163cm
Share your thoughts
If I am an intermediate to advanced level...
If I am an intermediate to advanced level skier who likes moguls,glades,pow and some groomers, would the full rocker profile be tough for me to handle as there is no camber underfoot, or is this the ski for me? (Keep in mind, I am 5'4 110 and about to hit my growth spurt coming off of 64 underfoot rossingols rented from my local ski shop). Would the sick day 95 be a better ski for me if the camber is easier to put on edge or make tight turns?
I think you will struggle getting responses from people this time of year but another resource besides myself is to call and talk to one of the gearheads on backcountry. Make sure you are talking to a skier though.
Going from narrow rental skis anything is going to feel very different. If you are wanting to spend more time in the bumps, trees, and powder and less time on groomed snow then my advice is to stay with the full rocker bridge. It will surf, pivot, and smear easier than the Sick Day 95 off piste but not by much. Volkl skis have a tendency to be a little more powerful due to their construction vs the Line.
You may find the SD95 does roll up on edge quicker and easier than the Bridge on groomed snow, it has a more normal/traditional feel to it with the camber. Like I said before you will have to adjust to any ski over what you have been on, night and day different.
If you want to stay with a less drastic change then look at Atomic Vantage Panic, Salomon Threat, Armada El Ray, etc.. They aren't as wide and have less rocker but will be cheaper, lighter, and not be as much of an adult ski as the other two. This is just an option I throw out to my smaller and younger skiers that are afraid of jumping up to bigger skis.
You really can't go wrong with anything as long as you get the correct size for a growing teenager. Depending on which ski you choose I would size the length so when you stand next to them they range from your forehead to top of your head. This way you will get a couple years out of them.
Hope that helps but call Backcountry and pick a couple skiers brains for further advice if needed. Or walk into a local shop and stroll the ski wall unless they put everything away. Offering growing teenagers is sometimes hard, especially when you are coming off narrow and short rental skis.
I'm 5'11 and weigh 160 and still...
I'm 5'11 and weigh 160 and still growing, I am an intermediate to advanced skier what size should I get
Depends on what you are comfortable on now. You dont want to get something to big that wont be fun. I'd put my money on the 179cm, your pretty tall but, you do not weigh that much. If your an aggressive skier though you shouldnt have a problem flexing that ski, the 187cm would just be to big. What are you currently riding?
I'm 5'9" 180 and can't decide...
I'm 5'9" 180 and can't decide between the 171 or 179. Any recommendations? I'll be using this more for mixed snow West and hopefully powder. My skill level is advanced, but not expert.
179cm without any hesitation. If you were beginner to intermediate I would maybe suggest the shorter 171cm but at your height and weight the 179cm is the way to go.
If you were a hard charging expert level skier in a big resort area that encounters tons of snow some people would try to get you into the 187cm. But I'm a firm believer in agile, nimble, and fun if somebody is on the fence about lengths. Then as your ability increases and needs change it's time to either go up a size or jump on a different ski.
I think you will love the 179cm as a one ski quiver, 171cm will be too short when encountering anything deep. Let me know if you need anything else and hope that helped.
Received the 179s yesterday in the mail. Next to my 171 RTM 84s these look perfect! They're gonna sit around until next season, but can't wait to get them out there. Thanks for your help skifreak, will be sure to review them after a few runs.
That's awesome Jon,
Can't wait to hear from you next year. Enjoy the summer.
made in Germany; good for intermediate
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am not an expert ski reviewer, but coming from a 2005 Volkl camber skis. Just wanted to chime in to say that even though I'm more beginner/intermediate and not even close to an expert, the skis were a huge upgrade. I was worried that the width was too wide for me as a West coast skier, but works great even on crud.
Wish the graphics were a bit brighter but it's unique. Also, the evo Seattle folks said that for 2015 the graphics wouldn't be updated.
I'm a 5'10" and 180lbs and purchased the 179cm length and don't regret that at all.
Skier Ty Peterson gets a little wild on his Volkl park skis.
This is how the magic happens, folks.
Proof that this ski is also down for a little night skiing.
Are these made in Germany? I noticed the...
Are these made in Germany? I noticed the Ones and the Twos are 'designed in Germany and made in China'.
Past iterations of the Volkl Bridge were made in Germany, but the current model year are made in China.
Actually I purchased these 2014 Bridge skis and they are made in Germany.
A great all mountain ski
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I decided to get a 171cm pair of Bridges this year to use as an all-mountain ski. So far I have used them in the park and on groomers and they do not disappoint! In the past I have used the Bridge in a 177cm as a semi-pow ski but I have grown into a fatter ski over the last few years. I would recommend this ski to anyone who likes around 95mm underfoot that can go anywhere on the mountain- groomers, the park, moguls, pow. This ski was my first legitimate freeride-style ski and it gave me a great introduction into the wonder of fat ski tips and jumping off cliffs. I like to mount them a few cms forward from boot centre.