Forgiving Freeride Ski
Blaze 106

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As the industry trends ever towards lighter freeride skis and touring options, Völkl’s response is the Blaze 106. A staunchly practical option very much in line with the Völkl ethic. Compared to skis in a similar hybrid touring niche, the Blaze 106 is on the lighter end and skis a little bit damper. It’s a great option for people who want to split their time between the resort and the backcountry but have limited resources for a multi-ski setup.

With the Blaze 106, these Völkl skis are suitable for many things, but the thing it’s best at is a compromise. It’s not on par with big-mountain smashers in terms of downhill performance and not as quick up the skin track as a dedicated touring ski. But if you split your time pretty evenly, you won’t be disappointed by its performance on either end.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Reasons to buy:

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    Among the lighter options in the hybrid category
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    Surprisingly damp for how little it weighs
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    The subtle rocker gives it some float in deeper snow

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markNot the lightest ski on the skin track or the best performance downhill compared to more specialized skis
  • check-markPerformance is noticeably lacking in deep light snow and on icy slopes

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Specs & Features

  • Titanal Binding Platform
  • TPU-Reinforced Suspension Tip
  • 3D Radius Multiple Sidecut
  • Lightweight Woodcore
  • Low-Rise Tip and Tail Rocker
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Among the lighter options in the hybrid category
  • check-mark
    Surprisingly damp for how little it weighs
  • check-mark
    The subtle rocker gives it some float in deeper snow

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markNot the lightest ski on the skin track or the best performance downhill compared to more specialized skis
  • check-markPerformance is noticeably lacking in deep light snow and on icy slopes

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