Voile's new Men's HyperCharger Ski was born from the familiar Charger line, but boasts significant reductions in weight, bringing you a ride that allows you to trade ounces for vertical feet on the skin track without giving up the ability to charge when it's time to strip skins. A paulownia wood core is to thank for the ski's lightweight nature—weighing in at under seven pounds per pair in a 185-centimeter length—and Voile added an extra helping of carbon fiber in the layup to ensure the HyperCharger feels stiff, stable, and powerful when you stuff it into tight couloirs and open up your speed on wide aprons. Minimal taper from the tip to tail provides elevated edging capabilities for speed control and confidence on steeper terrain or on firmer snow, while the rockered tip and tail and versatile 104 to 108 millimeter waist floats you through powder and can blast through basically any other conditions you may encounter in the backcountry.
- Lightweight touring ski that can still charge on the descent
- 104-108mm waist handles deep snow and hardpack alike
- Rockered tip and tail delivers exceptional float in powder
- Paulownia wood core combines strength and lightness
- Generous amounts of carbon add stiffness for power and precision
- Minimal taper from tip to tail provides strong edging capability in steep terrain
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- Q & A
Voile Hypercharger-San Juan Ripper
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I pulled the trigger on a pair of Hyperchargers and am glad I did. I've been skiing on Voile Chargers for the past 7 seasons and wanted to upgrade to a lighter ski that excels in a variety of snow conditions. I've skied on them 5 days so far in a variety of bc snow conditions here in the San Juans:
wind consolidated slab
hollow/trap-door dense pow
supportive surface hoar
20" of blower pow
sun-effected glop w/firm below
breakable sun-crust/trap door
I went with a pair of 185s and put G3 Ions on them mounted to Voile's recommended line, skiing them w/Scarpa Maestale RS's.
Ski dimensions are: 143-108-126-for the 185s
I'm pushing 200 lbs with my pack, aggressive skier/expert skier
The skis are very light feeling on the skin track (without bindings they're 6 lbs, 10 oz). Voile made the top sheets a light orange-fade to white to help reduce snow build up. I can tell the difference between how snow built up on my old Chargers to the new skis- hardly any issues with snow sticking to the top sheets.
The tours I've done so far have ranged in distance from a couple miles to up to around 8. On an average day I'm climbing around 2-3,000 vert give or take. I'm looking forward to getting them into some bigger lines once our snowpack "stabilizes" in late winter/early spring...
Descending, the skis have been very nice- responsive, predictable, don't feel too light or deflective. I can easily vary my turn shape from tight to more open and higher speeds. Tight trees-super responsive, open high speed rippers-no problem. They are more of a carving ski-not so much "slarving", but I can release the tails if I need to-slightly upturned tails.
Before skiing them I put a 1 degree base bevel on and slightly detuned the tips and tails, plus a couple hot waxes to help ward off the rocks out there.
To me, they feel like a great upgrade from my Chargers. They have more sidecut than the old Chargers which makes them more responsive at slower speeds, but still feel stable when opening up the speed.
Overall, I'm really stoked on these skis and recommend them for anyone looking for a lightweight, touring focussed ski.
Perfect for the way up and down!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These things really all the perfect "daily driver" touring ski. They are insanely light at about 6lbs for the pair, and have so much stability on the downhill. They are pretty surfy as well; skiing soft snow on them gets you that feeling of surfing a wave in Malbu. If there was one downside, I would say that its hard-pack performance isn't as good as its soft-snow performance, but they are still super stable for anything that is less than powder. If you are looking for a good every-day touring ski, definitely take a look at this one!
The Everyday Pow Touring Ski
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Gram for Gram - these skis are stiff, light, and have a very nice progressive rocker, camber, rocker profile that makes them the perfect any day pow touring ski. Their float and glide is synonymous with what Voile is known for and they don't disappoint. The are shifty, light for their waist width and have a nice flex pattern that is predictable yet playful.
For any day over 10 inches, these are my go to. They float like a dolphin in and our of powder pockets and can be thrown to the side effortlessly.
Voile has really stepped their game up with offering something, especially in this featherlight weight class, that is not only extremely skiable but is built with purpose and function. I am beyond happy with their performance.
The working man's pow touring ski.