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Charge the deepest of the deep, without chatter on the cat track.

Most often the biggest ski in the Tram line, the fully rockered, bombproof, 132mm-waisted Volkl Kuro Ski is a powder glutton. With its Titanic-proportioned shape, the Kuro floats like a cork in snorkel-worthy pow conditions. Volkl's Extended Low Profile rocker also adds floatability with a gradual bend throughout the ski, which when tipped on edge achieves better contact with groomed snow, enabling better control and performance than any other ski with similar dimensions. With a multi-layer wood core, three different layers of flex provide stability to the front for charging and transition the power to the softer tail for effortlessly arching and smearing turns.
  • Full rocker profile, Volkl's ELP Rocker, planes up over soft- and variable-condition snow, and the rocker initiation point that begins under your heel rather than just in the tips offers effortless turn initiation in the deeps and on groomed snow.
  • Carbon-reinforced wood core charges hard, offering a smooth, unshakable flex pattern.
  • Cap construction keeps the Kuro relatively lightweight and manageable in the deeps.

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5 5

Great ski for all conditions

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got a pair of these last week and I took them for their maiden voyage at Mt. Hakkoda in Northern Japan. The skis were awesome and far exceeded my expectations. They allowed an average skier such as myself to feel like a hero in the powder. What I was really impressed with was how well they performed on groomed/icy/crud in addition to powder. After riding fat skis in powder, I will never go back. Very much recommend these!

5 5

Amazing Ski!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Amazing ski. Nimble, quick, with surprisingly good edge control. You can actually carve ruts in soft groomers! Yes...they float too. Don't be afraid to go long. I probably went a little too short for a full rocker ski and I should have got the 185s for my 5'9" height. You won't regret this purchase.

5 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My review will basically echo everything which has already been said, but these are easily one of the best pow skis I have ever ridden. They may be THE best in fact. I rode them for a large part of the La Nina season two years ago, and I couldn't have asked for a better ski. It is completely impossible to sink the tip- never even felt close to doing so. But like other people have said, the most surprising/impressive aspect was their groomer performance. The ELP rocker is completely legit, and if you look at 4FRNT, Blizzard, and a few other brands, you'll see that other companies are seeing the benefits of a full, low -profile rocker design.
The only thing I question is why I don't still have these skis...

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Why did you get rid of them? They sound flawless...

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pvb.... very good question. the truth is I was borrowing these skis, which meant my use of them was destined to come to an end. im still tempted to buy a pair, as soon as I free up the money to do so

5 5

Rockstar powder ski

Killer powder ski. I skied the 185 for 3 awesome powder days at the Canyons and quickly felt confident to bomb straight down everything. It gets you down the groomers and moguls just fine, but don’t buy them for that. Buy them because they make you feel like a rockstar after a storm.

How does this compare to the Sumo? Love...

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How does this compare to the Sumo? Love my 190 Sumos, and not just in the deep stuff. Wish my Sumo's were 195s, but I'm not sold on reverse camber skis in tracked up powder and on groomed runs... I'm not looking for a "shorter effective edge".

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These would be your ski to bring out on a 12 plus day. These are really wide underfoot so you will not be able to make tight quick turns very easily,but you will not be sinking in any powder the sumo is 125 underfoot these are 132 it does not seem like a huge difference but it will be when skiing on groomers and tight areas. If you want a ski strictly for powder this is it tho.

5 5

the kuro 185

My set up... Volkl Kuro 185's with Jester Marker bindings. Boots mainly Garmont Endorphin Touring boots, though did find slightly more reactive in my downhill boots (though that's probably stating the obvious!).
So with some trepidation I took out the Kuro for my first test. Fast is the first word that comes to mind! Because of the float gained from these fat boys the ski just powers down the hill almost not wanting to turn. Realising that I had to at some point I made the turns and found it much easier than expected. The ski is so light in the deep stuff and reacts really well though I found it better to let the skis run then they were more responsive at speed. On the steeps you can literally go brave are you?
I then took it into some tight gullys and the ski turned as needed and behaved very well, getting in some nice tight turns. I had many sluff avalanches which unsettled me more than the ski, again having the speed to stay ahead of most of them.

Heading back to resort I returned to the piste and have to admit was expecting a battle. The skis clearly are not a piste skis. They are a little harder to maintain an edge and don't like the ice. They do let you feel the bumps much more through your legs...but then there is 132 under foot so your bound to. I have to say despite this I was pleasantly surprised. There's no way I'd take them if I was skiing more on piste, but that isn't what they are designed for. Also if more than a little mountaineering is involved I'd probably take my skinny (er) skis just as holding an edge on a steep traverse was trickier, but not impossible. Again, horses for courses, though there weight isn't bad if your putting them on your pack for a short hike/climb.
I took the skis into the bumps on some blacks and found them acceptable. They need work, but if you do, they do. Again hard on the legs, but can skis the fall line.
So in conclusion I would say what a remarkable skis. Can do everything but excel in the deep powder, which lets face it is why you would buy these. I'm very happy with mine. If I could only take one pair of skis would I take these? Well depends where I was going....fortunately I can take my other skis as well and decide on the day and conditions.
If nothing else it gets you chatting with the lifties as they gaup at the sheer size of these skis
Hope this helps and happy skiing!!

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Agree with the above, great ski, can do anything. I love carving on them, just need to stay on edge.

2012 Volkl Kuro

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Sam is right! I've skied the 185 cm Kuro the last two years and have to say this is my favorite ski of all time. I test skis every year for a local shop and fell completely in love with this ski when I tested it three years ago. This ski handles everything well and excels in powder and crud because of its perfect rocker shape and flex. But the most impressive part about this ski is its ability to, not only handle groomers, but to lay deep GS trenches on anything short of bulletproof glass, due to its sidecut and torsional stiffness. I'm a 5'11, 210lbs, aggressive skier and this is my ONLY ski for all conditions, backcountry and snow kiting!

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mtv is right! I have the '09s and these skis are just sick. I'm 195lbs, 6'3", pretty aggressive, and I use the Kuro 196 cms in almost all conditions. The edge control is amazing, almost like a snowboard. Very powerful ski. You can basically ski GS turns on anything from hardpack to deep powder. I've had them up to 50mph on hardpack (as measured by gps), and I'm here to tell you that the Kuro is one seriously versatile ski.

(my only complaint is that I miss the experience of waist-deep powder... no matter how deep, once up to speed you are on top. That, and fielding questions from people on the chairlift can get to be a pain... ;-) i.e. "how big are those things?", etc.)

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How are they for skiing trees? Did you desire something more nimble?

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Wow! Amazing... Borrowed a pair for the day at Snowbird and was amazed at how well they handled... even on the groomer(not a groomer ski for sure). In 2 ft of fresh there was still half the tip above the snow. Super easy to turn with the full rocker but wanted to slide a bit with the turn.

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Very good in trees, they turn with almost no effort, just turn your feet, think of the shap you are only turning about 20 cm of base on snow. Standing in the lift line not moving you can turn them...