Zipadee quick on the ascent.
The Voile Objective Ski is so dang light you might just find yourself whistling like you're taking a stroll through a wintry meadow when you're passing other backcountry travelers on the skintrack. Inspired by skimo racing, the Objective shines on fast ascents and long approaches thanks to the lightweight paulownia wood core and carbon fiberglass layers. With an 82mm waist width, these aren't the planks to loaf around in pow with, but the impressively stiff flex and zippy 18.5-meter turn radius can hold an edge on blue rock and rail down pinner couloirs.
- Skimo-inspired touring skis for light and fast travel
- Handles long ascents and icy descents with ease
- 82mm waist width and agile turn radius
- Traditional camber underfoot with an early rise tip
- Superlight paulownia wood core with carbon fiber
- Feathery weight of 4lb 2oz per pair
- Item #VOL001H
- Q & A
Light is Right
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
There's not much hype for skinny touring skis on this side of the Atlantic. These squeaked onto the market without much fanfare from the general ski touring population, but they're definitely worth a closer look. I've been eyeing these all season and was stoked to finally get the chance to get them out on a demo tour today.
The weight is right - 5lbs for a 178. That's officially light enough that everyone will pick them up and go "Woah, these are light." The price is right. Most other skis in this weight range will rob you of a few more benjamins. The performance is right. They're zippy on the up and ski better than you might expect thanks to generous tip rocker, a wide shovel, and ample stiffness. They are precise and predictable enough that I wouldn't think twice about skiing these in committing no-fall terrain.
Be realistic, though. These are short, light, and skinny. I found them to ski most conditions well, but they require a lot of user input in soft snow and get tossed around pretty easily in variable conditions (Not a design flaw - simple physics. They're just really light). I'd recommend these to experienced backcountry skiers. Intermediates (or anyone not old enough to remember when an 85mm waist made a ski super fat) will probably need some time to warm up to these before they enjoy them.
Big props to Voile for putting out a very solid, well thought out offering in this category. The combination of weight, performance, and price mean these should be on your radar for the upcoming spring ski mountaineering season.