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Volkl Nunataq Ski


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    3 Reviews


    Fat, light, and tireless.

    Some people say they're into touring purely for the ascent, but we suspect that they're not being totally honest; going up is fun, but going down is what really puts a smile on your face, so having some twiggy toothpicks on your feet kind of defeats the purpose. Volkl's been crushing downhills for years, in bounds and out, and the Nunatuq Ski is the company's offering to backcountry skiers who like the up, but are really in it for aggressive and deep descents. It's pretty light, at around eight pounds per pair, but has a powder-hungry 107mm waist and fully rockered design that eats up soft snow for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The sidecut's pretty traditional, so the Nunatuq will still feel 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.

    Providing the backbone for all this lightweight, hard-charging, and pow-surfing goodness is the Nunataq's Multi-Layer Light Wood Core, which combines straight-grained ash and flexible poplar to give you a lively, predictable platform that excels in soft snow. The fiberglass and composite layers stop the Nunatuq from twisting under hard edging forces, and the squared-off tail has Volkl's Skin Pin notch, which makes it easy to clip on skins and trust that they'll stay there throughout your ascent.

    • Full rocker
    • Multi-Layer Light Wood Core (poplar and beech)
    • Composite and fiberglass sheath
    • Tough Box construction
    • Full sidewalls
    • Squared tail with Skin Pin notch
    • Item #VKL001Y

    Tech Specs

    170 cm, 178 cm, 186 cm
    139 / 107 / 123 mm
    Turn Radius
    [170cm] 24.9 mm, [178cm] 27.4 mm, [186cm] 30 mm
    full rocker
    Tough Box (cap)
    Multi-Layer Wood Core Light (poplar and beech), composite laminate, fiberglass laminate
    Claimed Weight
    [pair, 170cm] 7 lb 8 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Great versatile ski

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this ski three seasons ago and in that time I've put around 200 days on them. The profile has not changed since then, and for good reason. The Nunataq can handle deep powder, chop, corn, ice, you name it. I use this ski when I teach with the Snowsports school and I also use them in the backcountry. The ski is surprisingly durable. I've had students accidentally ski over my skis more times than I care to count and the damage is only cosmetic. Also, after ~200 days they haven't lost a whole lot of their stiffness.

    Turns are effortless as long as you don't fight with the turn radius. These skis have very little sidecut so don't expect to be able to turn on a dime. As long as you keep them on edge, chatter will be minimal across all conditions.

    Bomber skis

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought these for a trip to Silverton and I am so happy I did. Super light to carry and skis awesome. It's turned into my go to ski and a definite front runner for anything I would call a "one-ski" quiver. It's no GS ski, but it's so light that turning it over on the groomers with some wide carves is a blast, too, if you're staying inbounds.

    Buy it. You'll thank me.

    Fat and Light

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

    Grabbed a pair of Nunataq's on sale this fall and got my first turns on them over the weekend. These babies are light on the way up (for me, not a weight weenie by any stretch) and suprisingly solid and lively on the down. Combined with a good deal on these boards, its a hard to beat combo. Bring on El Niño dawn patrol!!!
    If durability is less than expected, I will update, but as of now a solid five star product.

    Curious how these in a 178 would pair with TLT6's - too much ski? I'm 5'9" 165lb, expert skier with good technique. Any thoughts?

    Hey Christian,

    The Volkl Nunataqs would be a solid AT ski choice to pair with TLT6 boots. The fiberglass laminate adds stiffness for variable conditions or if you use the set-up in a resort. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or to discuss your options.

    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

    Any thoughts how this would ski vs the old volkl, Gotama which had the same measurements.