|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Ski Shape||Directional Twin|
|Core Material||Wood, Carbon|
|Turning Radius||17.9m @ 170cm|
|On Snow Feel|
Volkl 90EIGHT W 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski
The Volkl 90Eight W is a really fun and playful freeride ski that still carves like a Volkl. It’s a really fun blend, and makes this ski very versatile. It’s so much easier to ski than expected, but it’s still a ski that can rip when you get on it. We think it could be used as a daily driver for a lot of skiers.
Volkl 90Eight W 106 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Riders: Laura and Lauren
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack
On the Snow Feel: The Volkl 90Eight W is a semi-stable ski on snow. It has a surprising amount of playfulness and agility for a Volkl, but on edge it’s still a precise and knife-like carver.
Powder: We didn’t get the Volkl 90EIGHT W in any deep powder, but in the 6” of so we did ski it in, it was very fun. The ski is surprisingly maneuverable and it has a pretty large shovel for its size. It feels really smooth in soft snow, and we found it really easy to slash turns of any shape. As things get really deep the 90Eight will probably feel slightly out of place, but for its width, it seems really good in moderately deep snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Volkl 90EIGHT W feels far more maneuverable and easy to get on edge than any other Volkl we have been on. It’s a ski that is semi-playful and really forgiving for the flex. At the same time, this is a ski that can still rail turns. It has a knife-like precision on edge, and really holds an edge well. It feels locked in through the turn, but it was also really easy to break it free and slide or slash a turn when you need to. The ski is pretty energetic, and has a nice snappy feel when transitioning from edge to edge. There’s also a surprising amount of power given the light-weight, but the ski is very torsionally stiff and really helps to keep the ski on rails.
Speed: The Volkl 90EIGHT W holds up pretty well at speed, especially when on edge. The ski has a lot of torsional stiffness and it helps to keep the ski stable through turns. We never noticed any tip chatter, and the ski never felt washy. Even on lower edge angles the ski feels pretty damp. It’s a bit surprising given the light feel of this ski, but the flex and weight really help to keep the ski stable.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Volkl 90EIGHT W is stiff and on edge feels like it could cut through tracked out snow pretty well. At the same time, it was really fun with lower edge angles and keeping the ski nimble and floating over or around deeper chop. I wouldn’t call it a charger or crud buster, but it’s a lot of fun in softer tracked out snow.
Edge Hold: The 90EIGHT W feels like a Volkl when it’s on edge. We were a bit surprised at well it gripped the snow given how playful and maneuverable it feels at lower edge angles.
Bottom Line: The Volkl 90EIGHT W is a very fun and approachable Volkl. It has a very surprising amount of playfulness, and was very quick and nimble when you needed it to be. At the same time, the ski is really fun on edge, and it carves really well. The ski feel like it’s on rails when you get it one edge, and it has a fun and lively rebound energy. It might not be the ski for ex-racers, but for playful skiers that still like to carve deep trenches, the 90EIGHT W is a really, really, fun ski.
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