Lightweight Freeride Ski
Blaze 86

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Völkl’s Blaze series stormed into the market last year as their very competitive offering in the lightweight freeride category. It’s an all-rounder that’s most at home on the soft, shallow resort snow you’ll spend the majority of your season on.

The most defining characteristics of this most narrow offering are that it’s easy to turn and easy to learn, balancing a forgiving, versatile ride with a little more pop and liveliness than we’re used to seeing from Völkl.

Check out the Blaze 86 W for additional women’s sizing options.

Anyone who values dependability and predictability will be well-served by the Blaze series, these qualities being just as important on the resort as they are in the backcountry.

These skis, particularly the new 86mm version, are light compared to all but dedicated backcountry skis optimized for climbing. Also noteworthy is the price, compared to most all-mountain skis they’re awfully cheap, making them one of the stronger budget options.

With precut skins available for purchase, they’d also be a great starting point for an enviable hybrid setup.

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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    Takes all of the things we love about Völkl and makes it more lively and fun
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    Well-rounded option for a good price
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    Easy pick for a spring touring setup

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markCould be easily outskied by people expecting something more traditionally Völkl
  • check-markWon’t offer much float when the snow gets deep

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Specs & Features

  • 3D Radius Sidecut
  • TPU Reinforced Tips and Tails
  • Hybrid Multilayer Woodcore
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Related Reviews

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
    Takes all of the things we love about Völkl and makes it more lively and fun
  • check-mark
    Well-rounded option for a good price
  • check-mark
    Easy pick for a spring touring setup

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markCould be easily outskied by people expecting something more traditionally Völkl
  • check-markWon’t offer much float when the snow gets deep

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