The beauty of the backcountry is that, like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. There could be knee-deep pow, even though it didn't snow last night, or you might spend the day skittering across hardpack even though it dumped a foot in the last two hours. Being ready for everything is the name of the game, and no boards do it better than the Volkl Nanuq Skis, mid-fat and highly versatile skis that are edgy enough to crush hardpack, floaty enough to surf through blower, and light enough to make the ascent seem like a piece of cake.
crushing downhills for years, in bounds and out, and the Nanuq stays true to the company's downhill-first heritage. The sidecut's pretty traditional, so the Nanuq feels
Volkl-ish (perfectly capable of edging in variable snow and cutting
through mank), and the sidewall construction and Tough Box
composite/fiberglass sheath provide a backbone that lets you charge even
when conditions aren't perfect blower. To improve its performance in soft snow, Volkl gave it a moderate amount of tip rocker, and also kept things light (under seven pounds per pair) so the uphills aren't exercises in unnecessary suffering.
- Rocker tip and camber underfoot
- Multi-Layer Woodcore Light (poplar and beech)
- Tough Box composite and fiberglass sheath
- Full sidewalls
- Squared tail with Skin Pin notch
- Skin Pin tip
- Item #VKL001Z
- Q & A
Versatile Backcountry Ski
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Most reviews of backcountry skis are done by experts, so as a beginner who has advanced to intermediate ski ability using these skis, I thought a different perspective might be helpful. I have the 2013 model Volkl Nanuq, and have used them primarily on hut trips and winter camping in Colorado. These skis have amazed me, because they gave me confidence even skiing for my very first time in powder. They are so lightweight that they don't wear you out going uphill, and they are just so solid and manageable skiing downhill. I have alpine skis as well, but have even used my Nanuq Dynafit system skis at resorts several times, even on fast afternoon groomers on southfacing slopes at places like Keystone resort. Though I don't think it's the perfect groomer ski, I am not an expert skier and I have made it down groomers just fine on these skis. Like a lot of people, I'm always looking at new skis. I change out my alpine skis every couple of years, hoping for something better. I don't think I will ever change out my Nanuq's. I just don't think there' a better backcountry ski out there.