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2012 Volkl Bridge


Pros: Powder - amazing. Piste - no issues.

Cons: Slightly large(ish) turn radius... but I did buy reasonably long skis for my height.

I'm 175cm, bought the 179cm ski, weigh 72kg, reasonably athletic and have skied for around 27-28 weeks now. I'd like to think of myself as an aggressive skier. With the tips, the ski's 'actual' length is only around 176, so just right for me. They've got marker jester's mounted on them (why I didn't go for jester schizo I still don't know...).

I'm not sure about the US (I live in the UK), but Volkl skis are quite expensive unless you get them from Germany. With the bindings, they should have cost £720 in the UK, I ordered them from Germany (£12 shipping, they arrived in 6 days!) for £505. Although checking US prices it looks like they cost around $700 and less (not sure whether that's with bindings).

I had an entire two weeks of powder, but almost every type of powder too: from very light, fluffy no-work powder to really heavy 'wet' powder that just wanted to stick to everything it came into contact with. The same goes for depth of powder, most of the time it was about knee deep, but a few days of solid snow brought that up to the waist and higher at certain points.

I can't really find a fault with the skis in powder... they're just incredible. They floated almost as well as a friend's K2 Hellbent's (and Hellbent's are scarily fat skis), and seemed to have no issue tearing through anything. These skis are really maneuverable in powder, and also stable enough to make any straight lining feel comfortable. Obviously the sticky powder required a lot more work, but not enough to make the skiing unenjoyable in anyway.

Because these skis were reasonably long for me (as I'd bought them more intent on powder than anything else), the turn radius can be quite big, and short sharp turns with these need a fair bit of work. Due to the sheer amount of powder I did barely any piste skiing. Although, what I did do was still really enjoyable, they're fine for carving, the tips don't chatter, and they're still easy to control at high speeds. I did manage to find some moguls by the end of the two weeks, and even though the Bridges aren't all that flexible, they still performed well. 

2012 Volkl Bridge

Völkl’s best all mountain twin tip and a Freeskier magazine editor’s pick, the Bridge has been totally re-designed with a new, wider shape and now features Völkl’s exclusive Extended Low Profile (ELP) rocker design. Its smooth, gradual bend allows uniform edge contact for an incredibly playful, versatile ride for anything from steep, powdery chutes to the pipe and park.

Turn Radius20.7@179cm
Constructionfull rocker
Core Materialwood
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended Binding
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2012
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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