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THE BEST VOLKL SKIS OF 2021

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With nearly 100 years in the industry, there’s no arguing with the pedigree of Völkl skis. But these legends of the racing world have garnered more recent attention for their diverse and innovative selection of freeride skis.

Volkl skis are still made in Germany and continue to bring innovation and quality to the mountain.

Starting with their flagship recreational racer, here are our favorite Volkl skis from this season’s lineup. See which one might fit your needs as a skier.

Top 10 Volkl Skis

See our quick top 10, or go further down and read our in-depth reviews.

To see how they stack up against the competition, be sure to check out our Top 10 All-mountain Skis list from this year.

The Deacon is Völkl’s take on a frontside carver built for a more general audience. There’s no question that with a full sidewall, titanium sheet, and vibrational dampening technology, the Deacon is still very much inspired by race skis. But it’s more accessible than the rest of the Volkl race lineup, and average skiers will feel much more comfortable while retaining that snappy and fast feel.

We’ve done all the research for you and found the best place to buy the Volkl Deacon 79:
Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • UVO 3D Vibration Dampener
  • Folded "3D Glass" Construction
  • Titanium Reinforced
  • "Speedwall" Sidewall
  • Multi-layer Wood Core
What we like:
  • Sporty and aggressive frontside carver
  • A little bit of rocker makes initiating turns easier than similar skis
  • A ton of fun to ride, provided you can keep it under control
  • Comes in a wide array of variations, so you can find one that suits your size and style
What we don’t like:
  • Pretty pricey for skis that only excel on the groomers
  • Still is a bit much power for inexperienced skiers
  • Niche choice that will have limited appeal to single quiver skiers

The Volkl Deacon is for those who’ve hung up their race skies but decided they don’t want to stop going fast. They’re great for precise skiers who enjoy ripping up morning hardpack and freshly groomed corduroy as well. But the most significant benefit they have over the Racetiger is the ability to make smaller, more reasonably sized turns you might need on a busy resort slope.

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.

We’ve done all the research for you and found the best place to buy the Volkl Blaze 106:
Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Titanal Binding Platform
  • TPU-Reinforced Suspension Tip
  • 3D Radius Multiple Sidecut
  • Lightweight Woodcore
  • Low-Rise Tip and Tail Rocker
What we like:
  • Among the lighter options in the hybrid category
  • Surprisingly damp for how little it weighs
  • The subtle rocker gives it some float in deeper snow
What we don’t like:
  • Not the lightest ski on the skin track or the best performance downhill compared to more specialized skis
  • Performance is noticeably lacking in deep light snow and on icy slopes

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.

The M5 Mantra is a skier’s ski. By this, I mean the people putting in 100+ days a season riding their resort will get the most out of it. The Mantra is Völkl’s front runner freeride ski, now in its 5th iteration. It’s a heavy-handed hard charger that checks all the boxes in terms of all-mountain features and is an easy choice for serious single-quiver skiers.

We’ve done all the research for you and found the best place to buy the Volkl M5 Mantra:
Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Supportive Titanal Frame
  • Full Sidewall
  • Weight-reducing and Dampening Carbon Tips
  • All-Mountain Rocker/Camber
What we like:
  • Super Damp, Super Stable
  • Well-Rounded All-Mountain Ski
  • Wants to be skied fast in all manner of snow conditions
What we don’t like:
  • Too much ski for casual riders
  • Not as playful as other skis in the same category

The M5 Mantra is the kind of ski that I would expect any of my hardest riding ski bum friends would have. We like it so much that it made our top 10 list this year. It doesn’t give you anything special in terms of powder performance or pop but certainly won’t hold you back if you’re skiing deep snow or on your favorite jib run. It’s very much a “you get out what you put into it” situation, and if you think that you can keep up, the Mantra is a good place to hedge your bets. Keep an eye out for the M6 Mantra scheduled to be released in the winter of 21/22.

If the M5 Mantra seems like too much ski for you, the Völkl 104 Revolt is a perfect step down in terms of stiffness and drive, favoring instead a lighter and more playful freeride style. The Revolt 104 is conceptually somewhere between a park and an all-mountain ski. It’s also a reasonable choice for a hybrid backcountry ski if you’re looking for something that’s favors playful descents more so than quick climbs.

We’ve done all the research for you and found the best place to buy the Volkl Revolt 104:
Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • 3D Radius Multiple Sidecut
  • Full Sidewall
  • Multilayer Woodcore
  • Deep Tip and Tail Rocker
  • Hybrid Twin-Tip
What we like:
  • Favors a slashy, center-oriented ski style
  • Light enough to be a full time spinning park ski
  • Floats enough to be fun to ride in light powder
  • Good compromise between a park and all-mountain ski
  • One of our favorite top sheets of the season
What we don’t like:
  • Can get kicked around in lumpy or unpredictable snow
  • Doesn't do particularly well in hardpack or deep soft snow

All-told, for park skiers in the market for something that can hold its own on the rest of the hill, the Revolt 104 is a sensible choice. But for more serious alpine skiing, we recommend opting for the M5 Mantra with a little more oomph or the wider Revolt 121 to milk a little more powder performance out of it.

The Revolt 121 isn’t the only powder ski that Völkl makes, but we like it because it’s more than just a boat to take out when the forecast is calling for feet. Compared to the Revolt 104, it’s an all-mountain ski optimized for freeride performance. You can take the play and creativity you would get from a narrower waist and apply it to a big mountain environment.

We’ve done all the research for you and found the best place to buy the Volkl Revolt 121:
Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • 3 Radius Sidecut
  • Full Sidewall
  • Multilayer Woodcore
  • "Tough Box"
  • Tip and Tail Rocker with slight Camber
What we like:
  • Playful and Poppy while retaining its stability
  • Skis damp but has the nimbleness of a freeride ski
  • Great float to take advantage of untouched powder fields
  • Has a noticeable sidecut that makes slashing to a stop easy in any snow
  • Has one of the awesome Revolt topsheets
What we don’t like:
  • Lacks the charging capabilities of other freeride skis
  • There are lighter options out there in the same category

Völkl skis have myriad skis for myriad mountains. The Revolt 121 is a great powder ski. But it’s also a pretty stellar everyday option for those who don’t mind some limitations when it comes to flying through debris fields. It’s definitely a ski built for natural terrain but can hold its own on hardpack and groomers. In terms of playful, poppy, floaty fun- you won’t find anything better from Völkl, or most of the competition.

Where the Revolt 106 is a park/freeride hybrid that emphasizes all-mountain performance, the Bash 86 is closer to a traditional park you can take on the rest of the mountain. The Bash 86 is one of the more rideable Völkl skis. You don’t need to be superman to bend it, as proven with its generous butter zone. It skis as well forwards as it does backward.

We’ve done all the research for you and found the best place to buy the Volkl Bash 86:
Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Multilayer Woodcore
  • Centered Partial Sidewall
  • Rocker/Camber/Rocker
  • Full Twin Tip
  • P-Tex 3000 Base
What we like:
  • A more realistic entry point to park skiing than the Revolt 104
  • Easy to turn and ride on the rest of the mountain
  • 100% playful and user friendly
  • In the park ski price range
What we don’t like:
  • Despite being an all-mountain ski, it doesn't hold up as well when the snow gets rough
  • It can be easily outskied by expert skiers

The Bash is a good park ski, but it’s not quite sturdy enough for too much more than taking the occasional resort lap. Those looking for a more aggressive ride they can also lap the park with would be better suited with the Revolt 104. But if you’re primarily interested in freestyle skiing and don’t need too much off-piste performance it’s a reliable option.

Rising from the ashes of discontinuation, the Katana is by far the most demanding ski out of Völkl’s freeride lineup. It’s comparable to the Racetiger in terms of the tier of skier it takes to keep this monster under control, but for different reasons. It’s not that it takes a heroic effort to make turns, the multi radius sidecut helps with that, but the Katana is built for charging. If you aren’t yet a savvy skier used to heavier options, then it can quickly get away from you.

We’ve done all the research for you and found the best place to buy the Volkl Katana 108:
Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Titanal Frame
  • 3 Radius Sidecut
  • Multi-Layer Woodcore
  • Full Sidewall
  • Carbon Tips
What we like:
  • A serious ski for serious slopes
  • Reinforced enough to blow up anything in your path
  • For all of the metal and rigidity, you can still make smaller turn shapes
  • The kind of ski you can take as fast as you want through any snow
What we don’t like:
  • Only for expert riders who can keep it under control
  • Doesn't reward sloppy skiing

While it seems the new Katana is a little more user-friendly than the previous retired version, it’s still a whole lot of ski. It’s up there with the full-titanal Blizzard skis in terms of driving power and charging capabilities. Depending on your skiing style, it might be the perfect fit, but I would opt for the Mantra for my money unless you need a real monster.

To round out Völkl’s eclectic series of all-mountain and freeride skis, the Kanjo 84 is an accessible on-piste/off-piste cruiser that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The Kanjo can deliver short, snappy, and precise turns when you ask it to but has a more forgiving feel than some of the heavier skis on this list. If you’re looking for a good entry point, or rather an exit point from the groomers, the Kanjo is a great ski to take you there.

We’ve done all the research for you and found the best place to buy the Volkl Kanjo 84:
Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Multi-layer Woodcore
  • 3 Radius Sidecut
  • Full Sidewall
  • Fiberglass Frame
What we like:
  • A very skiable option that riders of all skill levels could enjoy
  • Great ski to start learning the ropes of advanced riding on
  • Lightweight and intuitive
What we don’t like:
  • Advanced and expert skiers can overpower it
  • Advanced and expert skiers can overpower it

The Kanjo is a great first step before moving onto something like the M5 Mantra or the Revolt 104. It’s also perfect for people who get a few dozen days in a season and need something forgiving that allows more freedom than a purely on-piste ski.

As Völkl’s offering in the mid-waisted touring category, the BMT 109 is a lightweight, highly versatile ski that is still focused on providing a full descent. Compared to other dedicated touring options, the BMT is a competitively “fun” ski to ride. But like so many of these carbon-backed skis, it suffers some notable performance hits when you get onto hard, uneven snow.

We’ve done all the research for you and found the best place to buy the Volkl BMT 109:
Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • 3D Ridge Carbon Shaping
  • ICE.OFF Topsheet
  • Tapered Shape
  • Carbon Jacket Reinforcement
  • Long and low Rocker
What we like:
  • Lightweight touring ski that still slays in soft snow
  • Anti-icing measures seem to have some significant effectiveness
What we don’t like:
  • Like all skis in this category, hitting hard snow or firm crust can quickly turn into a bad time

The BMT 106 will fit the bill for backcountry skiers seeking a workhorse that can perform in any conditions. It may have the same trappings as other backcountry skis. However, based on the benefits that it offers on the climb coupled with reasonable downhill capabilities, it is a fair counterpoint to some of the heavier hybrid skis on this list, like the Blaze 106.

You could call the Racetiger Völkl’s heart and soul. It’s not just one particular ski, but a whole line of different sizes and styles playing off the same concept. The Racetiger is not so representative of Völkl’s entire ski catalog but pays a hearty tribute to their history in the racing world and continued presence on the cutting edge of GS ski technology. These are serious skis built for frontside experts and racers.

We’ve done all the research for you and found the best place to buy the Volkl Racetiger Pro:
Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • UVO 3D Vibration Dampener
  • Folded "3D Glass" Construction
  • Titanium Reinforcement
  • Full Sidewall Construction
  • Multilayered Woodcore
What we like:
  • Serious skis for serious skiers
  • Top-quality hardpack performance
  • Great for making big turns and going fast
What we don’t like:
  • Too much ski for anyone without formal training or a race background
  • Limited in its usefulness on the rest of the mountain

These Völkl skis aren’t for everyone, and that’s a good thing. They’re one of the premier consumer-level race skis out there; about as close as you can get to a full FIS certified rocketship. If you use the whole hill and don’t like to see anyone in front of you while you’re riding, the Race Tigers are the ski for you.

If you’re crazy about Völkl skis and want to learn more about their touring line, keep an eye out for the Rise Beyond 96 slated for release in the 21/22 season.

Guide to Volkl Skis

History

Like so many of these early pioneers of the ski industry, Völkl skis started as a small family-run craftsman business in Germany under the master cartwright of Georg Völkl. It wasn’t until 1923 that they officially opened for business as a ski manufacturer, originally under the name Vöstras.

Völkl continued to grow through the years, making striking impressions on the ski world such as the much-heralded “Zebra” ski in the late 60’s, and making their first foray into ski racing in 1970. Völkl was sold to GmbH in 1992, and since grown to acquire both Marker bindings and Dalbello boots.

Tradition

Völkl’s first few decades manufacturing skis with German efficiency were very much rooted in staunch practicality, so much so that you can almost tell they got their start making carts. That is, until they shocked the ski world in 1967 with the Zebra ski. With its gregarious topsheet and more progressive flex design, the Zebra was met first with ridicule, and then the admiration of the ski world.

Shortly thereafter in 1970, Völkl ventured into the competitive race world for the first time. In my experience as a skier, I’ve known Volkl skis primarily as a racer’s brand, so that goes to show how much of an impact they had. Völkl has continued to win titles and set standards across the industry. Most recently we’ve seen impressive contributions to the world of freeride skiing.

Price

Völkl may be known for quality and a fine attention to detail. But they’re not particularly renowned for their low prices. To give you an example the Racetiger Pro will go for around $800 USD, and that’s with a significant mark down from their original price.

To be fair, the price goes down significantly if you’re expanding your search beyond their painstakingly crafted race skis towards the all-mountain style.

As a whole, the Völkl lineup is on the upper end of the spectrum when compared to the rest of the industry. Be certain, the price will shoot up once again if you should look into the V-Werks models. To see how Völkl skis stack up against the rest of the competition in terms of price and performance, be sure to check out our 10 skis of the year list.

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Völkl Skis

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    🤔Are Völkl skis any good?

    Völkl is a long-trusted name both in the ski race world and, more recently, within freeride circles. We like the products Völkl turns out so much that two of their freeride skis made our top 10 list this year. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Some models of Völkl skis have become almost household names in lodges worldwide.

    Legendary Volkl Skis

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    🤨What are the best Völkl skis?

    Völkl makes a number of great skis in all categories. They’ve been making race skis for over 100 years, but we tend to favor their hard-charging freeride models manufactured in this century. If race skis are your thing, then you have to check out the Racetiger. Otherwise, here’s a list of a few of our favorites.

    Best Volkl Skis

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    🤓Where are Volkl skis made?

    Volkl skis continue to be made in Germany. Since its origins the company has been based in Straubing, Germany and appears to remain firmly committed to retaining it’s traditions of manufacturing with the motto: “the whole is worth more than the sum of its parts”.

    Read a guide to the lineup of Volkl skis reviewed by our skiers

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    🧐What is Völkl’s V-Werks Technology?

    V-Werks is Völkl’s premium variation of all your favorite models. They’re designed to be lighter weight and more responsive than other versions of their respective models- achieved by using premium materials such as carbon and titanal sheets. V-Werks skis tend to ride much differently than their counterparts, and as a whole tend to be better suited for touring.

    Read our review of the best Volkl skis here.

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    🙋‍♀️What bindings should I use with my Völkl skis?

    Völkl themselves recommend mounting their skis with some Marker Bindings. Any of the Royal Family line should be great depending on how hard of a skier you are and what you want to do. It’s important to note that the lightweight and low-volume V-Werks models of Volkl skis are only compatible with Marker bindings.

    Check out our review of some Marker bindings found in our list of the best ski bindings.

If you already have a Volkl Ski or you just bought one, leave a comment in the comment section below and share your experience with it.

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