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When you have a love for something as deep and ardent as yours for pristine pow, the right ski for optimal lovin' is imperative. The hike-ready Volkl Nanuq Ski is lightweight enough for marathon laps but has a mid-fat waist for float and stability. A tip rocker makes turn-entry a breeze and prevents tip dive in deep snow. The Nanuq has a wide-radius sidecut for letting loose when you get to a beautiful wide-open bowl and really want to go nuts. Perhaps the most versatile of the Volkl backcountry skis, it's still quick edge-to-edge thanks to its traditional camber and stiff torsion box. Plus, the proprietary Skin Pin attachment system let you get snap the pre-cut matching skin off in a hurry so you get your pick of lines.

  • Tip rocker profile with traditional camber
  • Power construction and internal torsion box
  • Multi-layer poplar and beech wood Core Light
  • Skin Pin attachment system

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2 5

Bases Concave

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I should have taken a true bar with me when I bought these: the bases are concave (edge high) from tip to tail, both skis. A base grind and reset of the base bevel will be in order, just to get them in shape to ski.

Bases Concave
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By the way, is totally taking care of me on this. No reflection on them is intended! :)

5 5

Great Mountaineering Ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light, yet stiff. Floats well enough, but camber means great edge hold. They rip short and long radius turns. I have these in 177 mounted with dynafit speed radicals. Third day out on them I skied the Grand, and they were just perfect. Since then they've been in the North Cascades to the North Tetons with no complaints. I really hope Volkl keeps making this line.

5 5

World Wide Ski Mountaineering Missions

This ski, mounted with a tech binding (Marker Kingpin, Dynafit or the like) will get you through any and all mountainous terrain you care to venture through. I have used these skis from Chamonix to the Caucasus and their combination of lightweight, yet solid construction and mid-fat, yet floaty construction, allows to ski to excel in a variety of conditions.

For ski touring, the light weight makes it easier to carry the ski uphill, whether on your foot or on your backpack. Last year I summited and skied Mt. Elbrus, the highest in Europe at 18,510 ft, on this ski. I also spent the month of April skiing around the Alps on long ski tours, high peaks and steep, firm couloirs. The ski inspired confidence in all situations.

Photo is at 18,000 ft on Elbrus summit day.

World Wide Ski Mountaineering Missions

Do these babies ski true to length or a little shorter given the tip rocker? I wish they had a size between 170 and 177 to make up my mind for me...
Thanks- Erek

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I found that because of the weight on the ski, and the cut they ski decently short. I'm usually a 173 kinda guy - but i got these in a 177 and they ski awesome!!

Unanswered Question

I'm 5'5" and 125lbs. east coast skier. Love woods, bumps and pow. My inbounds powder ski is the Rossignol S3 169cm. This seems like it would be an amazing touring ski for me, but not sure whether I should go with the 163cm or the 170cm. I do enjoy my maneuverability in the woods, so thinking shorter might be better, but since they are so light, perhaps the 170 will be better in deep pow (which is why I go touring) Any thoughts?

Unanswered Question

Hi, I am wondering what is a better option for ski touring. I am 190cm 90kg quite profficient skier and I am planning to use the skis 50/50 on touring and downhill skiing. What is in your oppinion a better option here? Lighter and softer Nanuq or stronger and heavier Mantra? Is it worth to put extra weight uphill for better downhill performance? Thanks

What is the weight?

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WEIGHT PER SKI 1490 g @ 170 cm

That's 3.2 lbs per ski for those un-metric folk.

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What is the skin attachment like for the tail? Looks different than the Nunataq's which have the notch. Would BD STS skins be secure?

I want this ski in a 167 :p. Since that doesn't exist, should I go for the 163 or the 170? I'm 5'6", 140 lbs., female, upgrading from a much skinnier ski in a 158 and wanting something that will do better in powder. I'm a decent skier but hoping to get better, and more into moderately steep slopes and some tree skiing than anything ridiculously aggressive. Any thoughts? I don't want to end up with the 170s and realize I can't steer them, but I also don't want to "outgrow" another pair of skis like I did my last ones. Thanks in advance!

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I'd go with the 170! I'm about the same size and I have a 170 Kiku as my every day ski. Any shorter than that starts to feel a little squirrely at higher speeds or in deeper snow. This ski is really lightweight so you shouldn't have a problem maneuvering it.
If you want more of a powder ski I would check out the Nunataq! It's actually the tour version of the Kiku... Full rocker so you would definitely have no problem moving that around - plus it will float better in deeper snow.
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Hit me up if you have any other questions!

5 5

nice lightweight long distance ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski is perfect for getting distance in ski mountaineering and ski touring... it is still good on the descent, but for me it excels in the lightweight design that allow me to get a ton of distance in a day, and still have fresh legs to get some of the goods I am going after... not the fattest ski, but good float, skis the hard pack well, I really enjoy this ski in corn conditions!

Does this ski come with a pair of skins?

Does this ski come with a pair of skins?

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These do not come with skins, however Volkl does make a skin cut specifically for these skins that we do not carry.

Is this ski suitable for telemark?...

Is this ski suitable for telemark? Since it has a wooden core..

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Of course, it will work fine mounted tele