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    8 Reviews


    A fuel-efficient monster.

    Imagine if your pickup got 40mpg, drove like a sports car, and cost as much as a hatchback. That's basically what the Voile V8 Ski does, except, you know, it's a ski and not a car. It's a fat, powder-loving touring ski, with a waist that's well over 100mm, a wide tip, and a tapered tail that help you float over deep snow like you're not even trying. It has traditional camber underfoot to provide plenty of edge grip when you hit icy patches or spend a day crushing the resort, but a rockered tip that planes over soft snow effortlessly, working with the narrower tail to let you surf and slash your way down the mountain. The V8 has a pretty tight turning radius for such a large ski, so it's easy to handle when you're navigating through tight trees and down tight chutes without giving up the stability that a large-platform ski offers at speed. 

    It's surprisingly light, too—just eight pounds per pair in the 186—so your legs won't hate you if you need to haul it up a long approach. Voile's lively aspen core has been laminated with carbon and fiberglass to stay light and stiff, so you can push the V8's speed limit on the skin track and the descent without getting scared, but it isn't like skiing one of those "touring" skis with a sheet of metal in it. Voile's still a backcountry company through and through, so just because the V8 can charge doesn't mean it can't handle its own on the skin track, too.

    • Traditional camber underfoot with a rockered tip
    • Slightly raised tail
    • Aspen core
    • Carbon and fiberglass laminates
    • Wide shovel and tapered tail
    • Item #VOL000M

    Tech Specs

    165 cm, 176 cm, 186 cm, 193 cm
    [165cm] 134 / 107 / 117 mm, [176cm] 141 / 112 / 123 mm, [186cm] 146 / 115 / 126 mm, [193cm] 150 / 119 / 130 mm
    Turn Radius
    [165cm] 16.6 m, [176cm] 17.3 m, [186cm] 18.4 m, [193cm] 20.4 m
    traditional camber underfoot, rockered tip
    aspen, carbon, fiberglass
    Claimed Weight
    [165cm, pair] 6 lb 1 oz, [176cm, pair] 7 lb 5 oz, [186cm, pair] 8 lb, [193cm, pair] 8 lb 12 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring, powder
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    A whole lot to love.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    With a massive 146mm shovel and girthy 115mm waist, there's plenty to love about the V8. These have been my primary powder ski here in the Wasatch (80% of my skiing is in the backcountry) since it came out. Clearly, these are a solid pair of powder skis, but I've definitely been impressed with how they handle themselves when conditions turn variable.

    The wide shovel almost shoots you up and out of turns, making them a great hippy pow ski, but they also have a decent amount of backbone to arc more open turns if you're feeling a bit more aggro. They hold an edge well and pretty maneuverable in tight trees, which is especially nice when you're confronted with a brushy exit—in fact, it's made going back to a flat-tailed ski kinda tough. All in all, the V8 is a solid pow ski.

    Good stuff

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'm 5'8, 140lbs, and ski in Taos. I picked these up in a 176 after skiing the V6's (another great ski).

    I mounted them with Dynafit speed turn 2.0 bindings at the recommended boot center line and am using Dynafit Neo-PX boots with intuition liners.

    As expected, they ski well in powder. The massive tips stay on top and let me push on the front of the ski much more so than on the V6.

    What surprised me was how well they carved groomers. Once you commit them to edge they'll carve as well as a skinnier ski. No experience on icier stuff, though I think everybody knows this isn't the best tool for ice.

    Bumps and tight spaces were fine. The V8s are nice and springy out of turns and the smallish sidecut make for a playful ski when it gets narrow. Pedal/jump turns are easy thanks to the light weight.

    They also handle crud and crust pretty well and certainly get thrown around a lot less than my V6s. It's still a light ski, though.

    All that said, I have very little experience on dedicated alpine gear. I wouldn't be surprised if a charger coming from a heavier pair of skis found them a little soft and squirrelly. For me and my style of skiing they work great. Pound for pound (not to mention dollar for dollar) I think Voile has made a fantastic backcountry ski for soft snow that will still ski fine in the hardpack.

    Meh...lots of meh

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The binding pulled out of a beloved set of Voile Busters last year, so I decided to try their replacement, the V8. Based on many reviews, I expected a slightly more nimble version of the Buster.

    The Busters were easy to turn, but rewarded driving the shovels and skiing aggressively (maybe that's how my Dynafit toe ripped out?).

    The shovels on the V8's are utterly gutless....I mean they fold like a lawnchair if I get on them. In windblown powder or cream cheese, I have to back WAAAAY off and make smaller turns or I get bucked into the backseat. To be fair, if the shovels aren't loaded by snow (groomers, ultra-dry powder, or firm snow) this issue isn't as severe. However, this problem has also reared its head on steep firm terrain.

    To add insult to injury, that backseat has almost no support. If I get pushed back there (or land a drop further back than I'd like) things get squirrely.

    6 or 7 years ago this ski would have been a revelation-able to go downhill ok but light enough to make touring easy. Today, skis like the Armada KUFO's or Volkl Nunataq's (personal fave I've demoed) are light for the up, easy to thread through the trees but still have the horsepower to rip a line. The sweet spot (fore and aft as well as speed) for V8's is unacceptable when the competition has a notably broader spectrum of competence.

    At least they're cheap.

    Oh, and as for me I'm 5'9", 155-160 pound avid backcountry skier who likes 4-6k vert tours and going fast on the down. Skis are 176cm mounted with Radical ST 2.0's, boots are BD Primes with Intuition liners. Skis have been used in SE Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Teton Pass, and Rogers Pass (B.C.) in just about every kind of snow.

    Armada KUFOs and Volkl Nunataqs have turning radius' of 26 and 30 respectively (for 188cm and 186cm, respectively). These are incredibly long for skis of these lengths. You still think these are "easy to threats through the trees."? I have hard time believing that compared to the V8's 18.4 turning radius at 186cm length.

    I definitely want something that still has the horsepower to rip a line but can actually thread through the trees with finesse.

    Float like a butterfly sting like a bee

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Well balanced, well behaved and charges! Skied this in some of the worst snow possible; rotten, crusty, rocky etc. The huge tips keep the V8 on top and let you concentrate on having fun vs. worrying about what your skis going to do. As soon as it is in the soft snow the ski really starts to shine. Nimble, stable and FUN. The cap construction keeps the ski really light and reduces top sheet chipping. The bases are very durable as well. I have totally dry reefed these skis and was shocked at how little damage was done to them. I live out west and this is my do it all, quiver of all ski.

    Can't put a price on beating your.......

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    firends up the mountain. Well you can and its about $650.00. After years of renting and buying used BC skis I bought my own setup last winter and got exactly what i wanted. I mounted these with the G3 ion binding and they are fast on the uphill and a blast on the downhill.

    I am 5'11 170 lbs and decided to go with the 176 which is a bit shorter than I normally ski on but have no regrets. They float great in the deep stuff and turn really well in tight trees and i saved a pound or so on my feet.

    The durability on these really impresed me as well. I had a day last spring where they got dragged through tree branches and over rocks and thought the top sheets were going to come out looking rough but they barely had a scratch. The bases also held up well when i hit a few landmines throughout the winter.

    For the price I don't think you can beat this ski!


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I ski on the 186, this ski has been insane. Handles every condition I have thrown at it. Torsional stability is great, don't feel the ski rolling under my foot. Super light weight makes long walks effortless. This ski is a monster


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This has been my go-to ski for the Wasatch Mountains for the past two seasons. Voile really nailed it with this ski! It'll turn tight in the trees, you can open them up to high speed and the weight won't tear your legs off from touring them around all day in the BC. If you're looking for a fresh snow ski this baby excels at it in any depth.

    Solid All Around Ski

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a sweet ski if you are looking for something that is pretty light, has a forgiving design and is decently wide under foot. They tour well and are tons of fun in powder. 5'9" 160 lbs and the 186 is definitely the ski for me.

    I'm 5-11, 200 lbs, advanced skier with a preference for fun over hard charging speed, ski everywhere except the park and just starting to tour. Is this a good ski to start with? Should I be going for the 176 or 186?

    Hey Itamar,

    I would recommend you go with the Voile V8 in a 186 cm. What length are your current skis? Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or if you are interested in a whole new AT set-up.

    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead -

    Could you recommend Voile V8 sizing? A gift for hubby that skis in PNW-- 50% BC /50% Mountain at Expert level+ Nothing too outrageous (I hope). 5'11 and 165lbs. Currently skis on old Atomic Janak 183 cm. Thanks.

    Hey Julie,

    I would recommend the 186 cm Voile V8s for your husband based on his size and ability level. I know you already bought them and I hope he likes them! Feel free to contact me anytime.

    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

    I'm 5'5 159lb advance skier. should I be on 165 or 176?

    Best Answer

    Hey Rapee,

    Depending on your skiing style and where you will be skiing you could go either way. Based purely on your size and experience level I would say go with the 165 cm in the Voile V8 Skis. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss your options in more detail.

    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

    I'm new to BC skiing, and the V8's were recommended to me for use here in the NE as a a great all around ski. I'm on the bigger side, 5'11" 215, and in the intermediate+ to Expert- skill range. I plan to mount Marker KingPin 13's on them as I'll still be resort skiing 50% of the time (location, grrrr). Can I get away with 186's, or do I need to go 196? Or am I crazy and need 176's? Weight doesn't worry me, maneuverability does in the BC. Thanks!

    I think you can definitely get away with the 186cm. Since you intend to use them backcountry skiing in the East you will enjoy the shorter length, they wont be as stable at high speeds on the groomers in bounds but, they will be awesome for those tighter trees.

    Getting into backcountry skiing, and I'm looking for a ski that can grow with me. I'm relatively new to the sport, but feel confident in progressing. I currently ride Volkl Kikus 162, which I feel are on the short side. I'm 5'3", 140 lbs. Will the 176 be too much to handle too soon? Any advice would help :)

    I'm looking for guidance on the right size V8 to buy. I'm an expert (ex-racer) female skier. I'm 5'8" and 138 lbs. I ski primarily in the woods in VT. My day-to-day ski is a Blizzard Samba, 173 cm. I'm torn between the 165 and 176 cm V8. My primary use of the V8's will be in the VT backcountry. The trees are tight, but I'm afraid the 165 cm will be too short. Is the rocker sufficient on the 176 to make them maneurverable enough in the VT woods?

    I am male 5'10" and 185lbs I ski the 186 mounted tele and it is fantastically fast turning! the swing weight and the liveliness makes it a super fun ski. I would say go with the bigger ski without worry!