Contain your excitement, or don't.
With the advent of the Volkl V-Werks BMT series, the days of sacrificing touring performance for downhill stability are over. Made for skiers who like to blast up their own lines and shred them like they've been lit on fire, the V-Werks BMT (big-mountain touring, if you're into acronyms) 122 Ski comes with a featherweight multi-layer wood core comprised of poplar and ash. The poplar in the tip and tail establishes a light, playful ride, while ash underfoot brings power and stability when you're maching down a gun-barrel chute like a lunatic. Extra light was the name of the game during Volkl's engineering process, and the resulting 8.5lb weight of a 186cm pair means your hip flexors won't be crying out in pain, nor will your rando-racing buddies be looking at each other wishing they left you back at the trailhead.
New for this year, Volkl added an Ice.Off topsheet to the BMT 122, aiming to help the ski shed ice and snow faster so it doesn't weigh you down on the way up or down. A fully rockered profile, complete with slightly tapered tips, and a fat 122mm waist delineate the BMT's pow-gobbling pedigree, setting the ski up to surf, slash, and smear its way down pillowy lines all over the backcountry. Since Mother Nature can't come through with the goods every day of the season, Volkl bundles the whole package up in a light, stiff carbon-fiber jacket, with a section of short sidewall construction by the foot for increased grip and stability on harder snow. When you're standing at the trailhead getting ready before dawn, you'll appreciate the BMT 122's skin notch in the tail and Skin Pin in the tip, which allow you to attach Volkl's pre-cut, glue-free Vacuum climbing skins quickly and easily. Your touring setup's never going to be the same.
- Fat touring ski skins up as well as it floats through pow
- 122mm waist rides easily through the deepest lines
- Fully rockered profile and tapered tips surf and smear
- Playful multi-layer wood core maintains energy and stability
- Ice.Off topsheet prevents ice and snow from weighing you down
- Carbon fiber jacket maintains grip on harder snow
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- Q & A
Fantastic pow touring ski.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is an awesome touring ski for skiing pow.
The longer turning radius and reverse camber make this ski an absolute blast in powder. It can make any and all turn shapes. Long/fast turns in open terrain, quick slashes in tight trees, whatever. It pivots with ease but can hold a line when asked.
Flotation is more than adequate. It is 122 in the waist after all. I think the flex is great for skiing soft snow,. I'm 5'10" 180 lbs and ski the 176 just fine. It runs long for a 176. For instance it's a the exact same length as a 178 Blizzard Zero G 108.
The thing where this ski really shines is weird snow. Mank, crusts, upside down snow - these skis make skiing bad snow much, much easier (as long as the snow is 3 dimensional). One again I attribute this to the lack of sidecut and reverse camber. No big, spooned tip to catch on everything. They're just so smooth in poor snow.
They're adequate on firm snow. Not awesome, but what 122 mm waisted lightweight ski is? This is a powder ski. I wouldn't buy it for a quiver of 1 (look at the Blizzard Zero G 108 for that). But as a quiver ski it's fantastic.
It goes uphill well enough. Reverse camber can get a little tricky on icy skin tracks, but good technique is more important than anything. It's pretty light for its dimensions. There are lighter skis out there at this waist width, but this ski has just enough mass to plow through the thicker snow without too much deflection.
I haven't had any durability issues myself, but I've mostly skied these in deep snow once the snowpack is healthy.
It's a pricey ski for sure. No doubt there. But it performs splendidly.
Skis short, not stiff enough
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am 6'3" and 190lbs.
It goes up hill pretty well thanks to very little sidecut.
However it seems about 5cm too short for the job of keeping you on top of the powder, and seems a bit soft.
Would like to see more length and it be a bit stiffer.