The Volkl RTM 80 is a fantastic frontside carving machine with a full rocker profile. It sound a bit strange, but it works well. The full rocker profile keeps the RTM Maneuverable and easy to get on edge. Once there, the edges fully engage, ensuring good edge grip. It’s easy to turn, and yet powerful and energetic from edge to edge. In the softer snow, the full rocker keeps things playful, and although it’s only 80mm underfoot, it’s capable of playing in the softer snow and chop.
Volkl RTM 80 Video Review
Volkl RTM 80 In Depth Review
Conditions: Groomers, Hard Pack, Soft Chop, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: IPT Wideride 12.0 RTM
On the Snow Feel: The Volkl RTM 80 has a full rocker profile, but doesn’t necessarily feel loose or unstable. When flat, the ski is maneuverable and easy to pivot, but it’s still semi stable. Tip it on edge, and the ski feels locked in.
Powder: The RTM has a full rocker profile, but it’s still only 80mm underfoot. It’s not going to be a great ski in knee deep powder, but a full rocker profile will help it float and surf better than other skis in the 80mm category.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The full rocker profile makes this ski easy to maneuver and pivot. A large shovel engages easily as soon as you tip the ski on edge, and with a sidecut that matches the rocker profile, the edge engages more the more you tip the ski on a higher edge angle. The Volkl RTM 80 is surprisingly powerful and energetic when carving the groomers, but you don’t have to push the ski to the max to get it to respond. The Dual XTD Transmission gives the ski a similar construction as the full sidewall Volkl RTM 84, but is more forgiving. Even at lower edge angles the RTM 80 is quite responsive, and the more you push the 80, the more you get back. It has a powerful and energetic rebound, and when combined with a full rocker profile that releases quickly and easily, the ski is one of the quickest from edge to edge. Intermediate riders will love the forgiving qualities, while advanced skiers will be impressed by its power and quickness.
Speed: The Volkl RTM 80 has a layer of steel in the core, helping to keep things damp and stable at speed. The full rocker profile doesn’t feel all that loose or surfy when flat, but rather quick and maneuverable, and as soon as you tip the ski on edge, it feels locked in. This stability allows you to rip the frontside at high speeds with confidence, especially in soft smooth snow. Once things firmed up, the full rocker was a bit more noticeable, but as long as you were on edge, the ski remained stable and locked in.
Uneven Terrain: The full rocker profile and stiff construction help to make the Volkl RTM 80 good in the crud and chopped up snow. It’s still only 80mm underfoot, so it doesn’t offer the widest platform for pushing things out of your way, but the full rocker helps to keep you on top, and smooth out the terrain.
Edge Hold: The Volkl RTM 80 has a surprising amount of edge hold for a full rocker ski, but the rocker profile matches the sidecut and allows the entire edge to engage as you roll it on edge. Even on the hard packed groomers, the RTM holds well, and gave me the confidence to blast at full speed.
Flex: The RTM has a softer flex underfoot than tip and tail, but is still quite stiff overall.
The Volkl RTM 80 is a fantastic all-mountain frontside ski that feels at home on the groomers, yet offers the versatility for occasional skiing off piste. It has a full rocker profile that allows the edge to engage the more you tip the ski. This allows for a more maneuverable and easy to pivot ski that can still rip it on the groomers. It’s more forgiving than the Volkl RTM 81 or 84, but still offers a lot of power and energy in and out of turns. It handles well at speed, and the full rocker profile is able to smooth out the chop and crud. It’s most at home on the frontside groomers, but can occasionally take you off piste, so long as the snow isn’t too deep or chopped up.