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All-mountain, as in the best of the entire mountain.

Back in the day, a ski with a 116-millimeter waist was a pow-only fat ski for people who lived in the Pacific Northwest or the Rockies. But times have changed, and while the Volkl One Ski has a fairly chunky waist, it also boasts a strong, durable poplar and beech full wood core, torsion box wrap, and carbon reinforcement that add up to quickness, stability, and all-terrain power. A large-radius sidecut means you can rocket down the mountainside; and the full rocker profile still stays afloat in the deepest snow. It's the new breed of big-mountain all-mountain ski, and the One's measurements put it squarely in the middle of Vokl's line of freeskiing weapons.

  • Full rocker profile
  • Power/Tough Box construction
  • Vertical sidewalls and internal torsion box
  • Multi-layer Sensorwood vertically laminated poplar and beech core
  • Powered by Carbon reinforcement

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5 5

Best Skis I Have Ever Had

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

From shredding the deep pow to laying down some edge on the groomed, these skis are all you could want. These skis can charge the hard pack and get an edge in. Although these skis seem heavy when you carry them, when you get on the steeps and in the trees or tight bumps, you can whip them around as fast as you need to. They are playful and soft in the deep and are stiff enough to charge the hardpack. Overall the One is a great ski that I ski everyday and always have a great time on.

4 5

Great Skis

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

I took these cat skiing at Monarch colorado in 176 and in spring conditions. They held up great in the corn and blasted through the crud however they got a little bit out of control on the crust which is to be expected with this sort of ski, that was the only drawback of this ski for me. As soon as I stepped in I felt how playful the ski was. The tails have a very stompy feeling and were great off of cliffs, windlips and any other feature I could find. Even though these skis are very soft and playful if you want to you can really step on the gas with these things and bomb. Bottom line, great pow ski for a charging skier who has a playful style.

Unanswered Question

Question about size and mounting.
I am a 5.11 175 pound intermediate advanced female and I am looking to get e volkl ones as a dedicated powder ski ...mainly to ski whistlers bumpy bowls ;)

I am leaning towards the 186 but worried they may be too much, whereas the 176 are likely too short. My current powder ski is a 178 dps wailer, which I really like....I gave skied TGR 184 wailer and it was great on perfect untracked pow open runs, but a bit of a handful when in trees and chopped?

Also any thoughts on binding position, especially if I buy the bigger 186? +1? Or factory

Thanks

4 5

Super fun shred-sticks

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these over many other options and have not regretted it yet. They are super buttery and fun in all conditions. The only drawback is the groomers(no sh*t). However, if you can lay these babies on their edges, the groomers don't bother at all.

Super fun shred-sticks

Question regarding sizing. I'm 5'9" and roughly 160 lbs. I am an intermediate skier with a playful style - not a hard charger by any means. I'm worried that the 176 might be too short with such a large rocker profile, but that the 186 might be too much ski. Not looking to use this as a one ski quiver but for powder days/trips. Any help is appreciated.

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Hey Michael,
I have pretty much the same stats as you. I bought a pair of Ones last year and I faced the same dilemma. I work at a ski shop and we had both the 176 and 186 to demo. I liked what the 176 had to offer, but they seemed a little too short. I ended up with the 186 and I don't regret it a bit. I mounted mine +1 which centers me a little better on the ski and makes it more maneuverable IMO. I have the Marker Barons, but I'm planning on putting a pair of Marker Jester Schizo's on a pair of Volkl Two's later this season. I do charge hard though, and I found that I like the length when I'm going fast. I did like the 176 better if I was going to take it slower and mess around. I absolutely LOVE these things. I skied probably 50+ days on them last season in most conditions. They are great thru the trees, side country jumps, and slarvin thru the POW. I was impressed with how they performed on the groomers as well when you lay them on edge. It's not a one quiver ski by any means but a really fun off trail, all mountain ski. I ski in Northern Utah, and they are perfect for the snow we get here. Good Luck in your decision.

Hey Michael, <br/> I have pretty much the same stats as you. I bought a pair of Ones last year and I faced the same dilemma. I work at a ski shop and we had both the 176 and 186 to demo. I liked what the 176 had to offer, but they seemed a little too short.  I ended up with the 186 and I don't regret it a bit. I mounted mine +1 which centers me a little better on the ski and makes it more maneuverable IMO. I have the Marker Barons, but I'm planning on putting a pair of Marker Jester Schizo's on a pair of Volkl Two's later this season.  I do charge hard though, and I found that I like the length when I'm going fast. I did like the 176 better if I was going to take it slower and mess around. I absolutely LOVE these things. I skied probably 50+ days on them last season in most conditions. They are great thru the trees, side country jumps, and slarvin thru the POW. I was impressed with how they performed on the groomers as well when you lay them on edge. It's not a one quiver ski by any means but a really fun off trail, all mountain ski.  I ski in Northern Utah, and they are perfect for the snow we get here. Good Luck in your decision.

I've just moved to Colorado from New England and I'm looking to add a wider ski to my quiver--I'm just under 6' and ~160lbs, wondering if the 186 will be too much to handle for an expert East Coaster turned Coloradan.

While I do like to charge, I'm not particularly big, and I don't have any formal training in railing skis from edge to edge. I'm athletic and have been skiing since I was a kid but I'm unfamiliar with the softer snow of the Rockies.

I have a pair of 181 4FRNT MSPs from 2007, which are stiff and heavy as hell and great for bombing down groomers, however, I skied some mid-season pow at Keystone with them and didn't have a great time (got some gnarly toe-bang from riding back-seat all day).

I'm considering the Ones bc I've been offered a slammin' deal.. almost too good to pass up. I'd like to update my gear for a new life in Colorado but I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. I like bombing trees and spinning off of lips and natural features. I'm hoping the 186 will be versatile/fun enough to play with while helping a newcomer learn the ropes of deeper snow (and can still hold up on groomed runs).

Thoughts? Thanks so much!

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Drew,

At your size the 186cm is the right choice. 176cm with all this continuos rocker will be short on the deeper days. This will hold its own on groomed runs but the long turn radius will not be a short and quick turner by any means.

Pay close attention to forums where people have mounted their bindings on this ski also!!

Good luck,

SF

Where should I mount them? I want a good medium between switch and regular. Thanks!

Best Answer Responded on

I have to say go with factory recommendation but, if you wanted to be able to ride switch a little easier maybe +1 or +2 from the factory recommendation. They are not a legit symmetrical twin so there will be some trade off.

Checking out this ski for next season. I'm...

Checking out this ski for next season. I'm 5'8", 160lbs. East coast but plan on pulling this guy out mostly on pow days here and my trips out west. Any recommendations on size? I would lean towards 176, but not sure if these ski short or not.

Responded on

Hey Phil,

These do ski a little shorter I would say (depending on what your comparing it to). I would say for your size you could really go either way with the 176 or 186 and both would work depending on what style of ski you want. If you want something a bit more playful and agile feeling then the 176 would do pretty well and still give you float with the rocker and waist width. If you wanted something a bit more stable at higher speeds then the 186 could be used a bit more as a harder charging ski, and with the rockered shape you will still get a lot of the agile benefits gained from that. This and the "two" are both a much more playful feeling design to their skis. If you were wanting a bit more of a hard charging powder ski I'd check out the Volkl Shiro as well which we will be getting in a 183 soon to get right in between the size range on this option.

Hope that helps, let us know if you have any other information you were trying to get about these.

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Awesome. Thanks so much RJ. This is really helpful.

5 5

Effortless

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

This is my first fully rockered ski. I've only taken them out two days thus far, one 6inch day and the other about a foot of med. density. My initial impressions are that they are incredibly easy to maneuver in soft snow and crud. They skied well on the groomers I encountered too.

One downside is that they feel short, which might seem obvious, but at 5'5" I got the 176 as it was the best option (I usually ski 177 Atomic Millennium). Felt like I could go over the bars. Anyhow, I moved the binding back from where I originally had them mounted (approx .ski center) so I'll report on that when I get a chance.



*Update: I got some more time on these after moving my binding to the +3 line (I think it's about 2 back from ski center, maybe more?). Much better! Skied a variety of spring snow conditions here in Utah this weekend and they were awesome. Super fun and easy to ski through heavy wet snow, feels like cheating. Love them.

Easy to ski on a wind crust and some death-cookie type fields too. These skis feel kind of soft but perform much better in varied conditions than I expected and I like them more each time I take them out.

Unanswered Question

Has anyone put tele bindings on these? How...

Has anyone put tele bindings on these? How was it?

5 5

fun time

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i blasted these skis in the french alpes for a couple month this season. shredded everything i came across .obviously not the best ski in the world for groomies but handle well when the conditions weren't on.they make up big make up time as soon as you find your little powder pocket. quick nimble alot of fun. just sit back and let that rocker do the work . Would be an insane ski for the season pro to the first time powder skiers. must have .

fun time
5 5

Daily Driver

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski is simply fun! You can carve trenches is you know how to carve. It will float very well in pow. It will slarve, smear, pivot and just about anything without effort. This is just an easy ski to ski. I've been skiing about 46 years and currently own about 5 pairs of skis all less than 4 years old. Ski gear junkie? Yes. I've also skied over 100 days a year for the last 7 seasons. The best thing I can say about this ski is that all my others have not been used much since I bought these at the beginning of the season. I probably have about 70+ days on them so far this season. This is really the "one" ski for out west in my opinion. I'm 5'10" and 175 lbs and the 186 ski is perfect for this old man.

Responded on

Awesome review. Nothing wrong with being a gear freak!!

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Great review....You are me to a T, I'm 48 years old with 44 years experience, 5'-9" 175., I'm buying the 186.

any suggestions on sizing? I'm 5'6'' and...

any suggestions on sizing? I'm 5'6'' and 160 lb. Only 2 seasons under my belt but at least 150 days altogether about a third in the backcountry so I would say I'm an intermediate skier. However, I still have much to learn, so I would like to buy something I could "grow in to" or so to speak. My current skies are 176 so I'm looking to get the same length or 186. Any opinions?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey there! At 5'6'', 160lb 176cm is still the best way to go. Unless you plan to grow 4-5 inches over the next season or so, 176 is going to be the best size for you to shred. 186 is just going to a bit a bit too much to handle for awhile, you'll have a lot more fun on a 176. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask for Trevor J. on live chat.

Responded on

I agree with Trevor. 176 will remain playful and a lot more nimble and forgiving than the 186cm.

SF

5 5

Fun and Easy ski

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

This is a bit of an outside the box review, but it supports BC's claim that this is more than a big powder ski - which it clearly is. My wife has actually made this her everyday ski in Utah. Interestingly, she is not a "charger", but she is a solid expert skier who loves powder, but spends a lot of time on the groomers with our 6 year old daughter. She feels the ski is just super easy to ski, and you can kind of choose your style for the day (they carve, they skid and smear, and obviously work great in the powder). She feels the weight, but remains amazed at how easy it is to ski. I ski the Two as well, and really like that ski, so based on that and my wife's feedback, it is hard not to recommend this ski. She is 5'7" and a wispy 110, and skis the 166cm.

4 5

BIG ski

Big mountain powder ski. Has the same cut as the armada JJ. They are owned by the same company. Nice ski

Responded on

Armada is independently owned, and the One actually has a very different sidecut that the JJ, it is straighter with a longer turning radius.

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Also the JJ is not fully rockered. JJ's dimensions change with length of ski which changes the sidecut and radius on varying lengths. The volkl has the same dimensions at all lengths. They are quite different skis at varying lengths.

5 5

Versatile, easy and fun

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The One is an extremely versatile and fun ski. The rocker and tapered nose make for easy maneuvering. At 116 under foot its a perfect pow ski but not too big to take to the trees or groomers.