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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

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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.

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

Skis about the same, except its lighter! same dimensions and such - but a little bit more pop and hop because of the weight.

K2 skins
Does the z-clip attachment of K2 skins work with this ski?

I haven't personally tried it, but i doubt it. These have a hole near the tip (not a notch) - and you place the attachment piece of the skin in the hole - turn it 90 degrees and pull the skin on. It's quite a bomber interface actually.

Backcountry also sells the speedskin that is already pre cut for this ski!!