It's not what you think, and that's a good thing.
What do you imagine when you think of an all-mountain freeride ski? About 105mm underfoot, maybe, with flat or traditional camber underfoot, a gently rockered tip, probably a sheet of metal somewhere, and a flat tail to help you rail turns like a locomotive, right? That's all accurate, unless you're thinking about Volkl's brand new 100Eight Women's Ski. Sure, it has a
108mm waist that's comfortable mobbing through power, blasting through
chop, and dicing up sections of hardpack, but the rest of the ski isn't
really what you'd consider traditional. For starters, it's fully rockered—you read that right—which isn't really what you'd expect. It also features a carbon stringer construction, along with 3D Ridge design, which isn't found anywhere outside of Volkl's lineup. So yeah, it's a little different.
OK, how does a fully rockered shape work for a ski that's designed to do it all? By being combined with a host of other design features, that's how. While the rocker helps the 100Eight float through pow, smooth out choppy snow, and make short work of wet 'n' heavy mank, the carbon stringer construction employs a strong, energetic, and torsion-resistant combination that allows you to put plenty of power into the ski's edges without worrying that they'll be flimsy or unstable. The multi-layer wood core features burly ash underfoot for stability and edging power and springy poplar towards the tips and tails for a lively, quick, and energetic feel that helps you scoot through tight trees, pop off terrain features, and open it up when the mountain allows.
The core construction is also designed to work with Volkl's new 3D Ridge construction. Basically, Volkl created a raised center section fore and aft of the binding and tapered it dramatically towards the edges, which gives the ski unreal edge-to-edge quickness and smooth flex without adding weight or sacrificing stability. Combined with the moderate taper found in the tips and tails, 3D Ridge gives the 100Eight a ridiculously smooth and predictable feel in soft snow, on hardpack, and in everything in between, so you can push your speed
limit without feeling like your tips are going to fold up or catch and
send you flying.
- All-mountain ski with an affinity for the fluffy stuff
- 108mm waist width thrives in powder
- Playful full rocker with moderate taper
- Multi-layer wood core combines poppy poplar with durable ash
- 3D Ridge ensures a smooth and predictable feel in any snow
- Carbon stringer enhances torsional stiffness
- Full sidewall construction assures a strong and energetic ride
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I only had a few days to ski on these before the season ended, but I have to say, I love them. They were great in spring time conditions and I can't wait to give them rip next winter!