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Volkl Nunataq Ski

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    Fat, light, and tireless.

    Some people say they're into touring purely for the ascent, but we suspect that they're not being totally honest; going up is fun, but going down is what really puts a smile on your face, so having some twiggy toothpicks on your feet kind of defeats the purpose. Volkl's been crushing downhills for years, in bounds and out, and the Nunatuq Ski is the company's offering to backcountry skiers who like the up, but are really in it for aggressive and deep descents. It's pretty light, at around eight pounds per pair, but has a powder-hungry 107mm waist and fully rockered design that eats up soft snow for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The sidecut's pretty traditional, so the Nunatuq will still feel Volkl-ish (perfectly capable of edging in variable snow and cutting through mank), and the sidewall construction and Tough Box composite/fiberglass sheath provide a backbone that lets you charge even when conditions aren't perfect blower.

    Providing the backbone for all this lightweight, hard-charging, and pow-surfing goodness is the Nunataq's Multi-Layer Light Wood Core, which combines straight-grained ash and flexible poplar to give you a lively, predictable platform that excels in soft snow. The fiberglass and composite layers stop the Nunatuq from twisting under hard edging forces, and the squared-off tail has Volkl's Skin Pin notch, which makes it easy to clip on skins and trust that they'll stay there throughout your ascent.

    • Full rocker
    • Multi-Layer Light Wood Core (poplar and beech)
    • Composite and fiberglass sheath
    • Tough Box construction
    • Full sidewalls
    • Squared tail with Skin Pin notch
    • Item #VKL001Y

    Tech Specs

    Length
    170 cm, 178 cm, 186 cm
    Dimensions
    139 / 107 / 123 mm
    Turn Radius
    [170cm] 24.9 mm, [178cm] 27.4 mm, [186cm] 30 mm
    Profile
    full rocker
    Construction
    Tough Box (cap)
    Core
    Multi-Layer Wood Core Light (poplar and beech), composite laminate, fiberglass laminate
    Tail
    rockered
    Claimed Weight
    [pair, 170cm] 7 lb 8 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Soft snow rippers do it all

      These skis kill it on the soft snow and steam boat through the chop. They feel light on your feet but yet a very strong ski that you can drive well in. Definitely stays a float anything in Tahoe. It's super poppy and turns on a dime. Just not great on the ice or hard pack but that's not what it's designed for. It is definitely my powder/backcoutry resort ski. Paired with a kingpin binding this ski will do me well for a long time and also give me something to grow into as far as ability wise. I wouldn't say it's a big mountain charger but definitely gets the job done. The climbing skins work great too Volkl nailed it and I'm happy I purchased these before the changes. This is a skiiers ski a great 50/50 option definitely light enough for all day tours and strong enough to rip it at squaw. Bibby's would be my only other choice long term and I also have a set of Volkl 90eights for hard pack daily driver. Marker f12 tour on the 90eghts dream set up between the two not one complaint.

      Ripping B.C. sticks

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I tried these last year in B.C. when my old Dynafits broke and a shop loaned me a pair. Despite working at a shop that doesn't sell Volkl, I plunked down my own $$ for a set.

      They have a terrific bandwidth, and ski well from chunder to ice to powder to groomers (if you take 'em in-bounds). However, this is not a beginner's ski.

      First of all, they're longer than listed. My "178's" actually measure around 181, so a little more ski than you might expect.

      Second, the lack of aggressive rocker in the tip or tail (just a slight reverse camber throughout) means that in powder, you have to pay a little more attention than on something with a lot of shovel (Wailer 112, V8, etc.).

      Third, while these skis will easily break loose and make skidded low speed turns, the long effective edge and stiff flex want to go....FAST! Point these down a fall line and you'll get up so warp speed in a hurry. The large turn radius means that you have to use some muscle if you want to bend them into a tighter carved turn.

      However, the upside of these traits is that for an experienced skier, Nunataqs have much higher limits than most modern, rockered skis. They reward assertive, aggressive, and powerful inputs.

      When you get onto snow and terrain that warrants flat-out speed, these rip.

      A couple of other notes. The marked boot center is pretty far back, but you'll still have plenty of tail support (turning or landing drops) mounting your bindings there. The bases are a little thin-a common B.C. ski thing. Topsheets are also thin-if you cross those tips you'll get a chip.

      Finally, compared to a lot of other 105-110 waisted B.C. skis, these are a little heavier. However, I've skied mine in-bounds a few days(at Kicking Horse, so they got worked) and those extra grams buy a lot of dampness.

      I've paired mine with Radical FT 2.0's and Scott Orbit boots and the combo works really well. I'm 5'9" and weigh around 160.

      Nunataq, ski that does it all

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have been on this ski for a number of years. My go to ski for shorter backcountry days, and a mix of resort /sidecountry skiing. They carve well, float in the powder, and mounted now with Radical 2.0s, carve really well at the resort too. So I can skin up on these before the lifts start, then do laps with friends at the resort. The new Radicals don't pre-release either on hard snow (which my Verts would do on occasion).

      A tough ski, mine are the 178 length. 1798 grams flat ski

      Nunataq, ski that does it all

      Gotama-Lite

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      What happened to the Volkl Gotama? Many folks are wondering since Volkl discontinued the Gotama in lieu of the 100Eight (great ski but definitely not the same thing). The Gotama was one of my favorite skis, for both alpine and tele, and I was sorry to see it go along with the Shiro. The Gotama was extremely versatile in what it could handle: crud, corn, powder you name it and best of all it was easy to ski and turned on a dime. But the good news is the Gotama lives on in the Nunataq, albeit you can consider this ski the Gotama-Lite. The Nunataq is reinforced with fiberglass laminate which makes it lighter weight but a little more chattery in those truly icy conditions. But like the Gotama, the Nunataq stands strong in its versatility and capability in the backcountry. Smear it, carve it, charge it and you almost feel like the Gotama is born again. I would highly recommend this ski to anyone looking for a new backcountry crusher.

      Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Volkl skis, touring skis or anything ski related.
      Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
      klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

      Great versatile ski

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought this ski three seasons ago and in that time I've put around 200 days on them. The profile has not changed since then, and for good reason. The Nunataq can handle deep powder, chop, corn, ice, you name it. I use this ski when I teach with the Snowsports school and I also use them in the backcountry. The ski is surprisingly durable. I've had students accidentally ski over my skis more times than I care to count and the damage is only cosmetic. Also, after ~200 days they haven't lost a whole lot of their stiffness.

      Turns are effortless as long as you don't fight with the turn radius. These skis have very little sidecut so don't expect to be able to turn on a dime. As long as you keep them on edge, chatter will be minimal across all conditions.

      Bomber skis

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought these for a trip to Silverton and I am so happy I did. Super light to carry and skis awesome. It's turned into my go to ski and a definite front runner for anything I would call a "one-ski" quiver. It's no GS ski, but it's so light that turning it over on the groomers with some wide carves is a blast, too, if you're staying inbounds.

      Buy it. You'll thank me.

      Fat and Light

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

      Grabbed a pair of Nunataq's on sale this fall and got my first turns on them over the weekend. These babies are light on the way up (for me, not a weight weenie by any stretch) and suprisingly solid and lively on the down. Combined with a good deal on these boards, its a hard to beat combo. Bring on El Niño dawn patrol!!!
      If durability is less than expected, I will update, but as of now a solid five star product.

      Curious how these in a 178 would pair with TLT6's - too much ski? I'm 5'9" 165lb, expert skier with good technique. Any thoughts?

      Hey Christian,

      The Volkl Nunataqs would be a solid AT ski choice to pair with TLT6 boots. The fiberglass laminate adds stiffness for variable conditions or if you use the set-up in a resort. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or to discuss your options.

      Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

      Any thoughts how this would ski vs the old volkl, Gotama which had the same measurements.