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Fat, light, and tireless.

In the backcountry, you can go from untracked blower and windbuff to manky mush and death balls in the same day. You have to be armed and ready for all of it. The fully rockered Volkl Nunataq Ski, the fattest backcountry-specific ski Volkl makes, gives you float in pow but plenty of edge-to-edge grip on the sheltered aspects of hardpack. You can thank the Extended Low Profile for that; the smooth, gradual rocker is paired with a matching flex and sidecut for full, uninterrupted edge contact when you need it most. The lightweight construction won't weigh you down on the hike, top to bottom, dawn 'til you tire out your buddies. And the Vokl Skin Pin system, which lets you snap Vokl skins on and off in a flash, will have you hitting fresh lines with this Outside Magazine Gear of the Year award-winner before they are.

  • Full rocker profile
  • Power/Tough Box construction
  • Multi-layer poplar and beech wood Core Light
  • Notched tail
  • Volk Skin Pin attachment system

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any comparison to gotamas. there are...

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any comparison to gotamas. there are supposed to be derived from that design, but they have flatter tails, which interests me.

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The Gotamas are a heavier, more all mountain and resort ski than these, the Nunataqs, which have a lighter, more backcountry specific skeleton. Though they share differences in construction and profile, they do have a similar footprint.

Straight up

Straight up

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Hiking in the Grand Teton National Park with my Nunataqs!

5 5

Bada** skis

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far I've used these in multiple snow conditions. While incredible in the powder, these can easily handle groomed runs. Next up on these bad boys is some kiteskiing.

6ft 170lbs - 178cm

Vermont Backcountry

Vermont Backcountry

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Sharing a chute with a friend, on the Nunataqs

5 5

Bitchin sticks!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are ridiculous! You can rip any condition with them, and rip hard.

At first, like another reviewer, I was leaning back in the pow and these guys dont play nice unless you get over them. But once you do, they are your best friend.

Just a warning- as fat as they are, your backcountry buds will want you to break trail, which they do quite nicely with the fat tips and rocker.

I'm 5' 6", 155 lbs, got the 178s. Love 'em!

Volkl Nunataq

Volkl Nunataq

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skiing in VT powder, 178 Nunataq, Vertical ST. Great, floaty ski. Very light on the skin track with the Dynafit binding too.
Get a bit of speed, and the tips float right up in powder.

5 5

Purchased for my fiance

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought the Nunataq in a 178 length for myself and primarily skied them at resorts on the east coast with a few days touring in Michaux State Forest. The skis are light, edge awesomely for a wide ski; this has become my one "do it all" ski. Bought the Nunataq in a 170 length for my fiance in preparation for touring in the Utah Wasatch backcountry. We both toured just a few days ago and had a blast. These skis performed awesome inbounds at Snowbird and backcountry touring. Both skis are setup with Tyrolia Adrenalin bindings (16 me, 13 her). You can get a lighter ski/binding setup for ascending but the Nunataq with the Adrenalin bindings provide a stable, confidence for charging on the descent and work great inbounds.

5 5

Once you go light, you never go back.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Nunataq is my first legitimate touring ski. In the past I have used alpine skis with a touring binding and BD skins as my uphill means of transportation but now that I have tried the Nunataq- I don't think I can go back. Me and these ladies have only been out on a few adventures but so far I have really enjoyed the girth of these skis. I usually ski on a Katana, so getting used to a lighter ski has been interesting. However, I skied my first pow days of the season on these and they did not disappoint. I'm riding a 178cm, with a Marker F12, mounted at +2 from boot centre.

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Hi Nat,

May I ask your height and weight? I can't decide between 178 and 186cm. Did the ski seem to ski "short" or at the stated length to you?

Thanks, Mike H.

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I'm 160cm and around 68kg and I am an aggressive skier. I like the 178cm for touring. It doesn't seem short but it is a much lighter ski than I am used to throwing around.

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Fun Fun Fun

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming from traditionally cambered narrower skis, the Nunataq took a bit of adjustment. My backseat stance in powder (to keep tips up and initiate turns) just did not work with these fully rockered fat boards - they wandered and wiggled unpredictably. Once I got centered over the skis they came alive and did precisely what I desired. Within a couple runs I was laughing and amazed at the Nunataq's power, quickness, and precision in all manner of terrain. Best tight-tree powder ski EVER; also awesome at sweeping turns at speed - then just twist your feet and you have a gigantic faceshot for 50 feet! Quite good on crud and crust as well.

Have not tried them at the resort, and probably won't, since these are backcountry skis. Great for skinning and trailbreaking with the light weight and rocker.

Light construction means these probably are not the most durable skis out there - IMO best as a mid-winter deep snow machine. Let some other sticks take the early and late- season rock shots!

I am 5'9, 160, ski western powder in the back country; I have the 178s with Dynafits and Mastrale boots. Couldn't be happier with the gear.

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How light are these? Able to make multi-day treks?