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2012 Volkl RTM 84


Pros: Light weight, Easy turn initiation, Edge releases for quickly ski does not hook around, floats in crud

Cons: Price if bought at ski shop

I bought them used. They ski well with edges sharp tip to tail. They are not tiring, like my previous AC4 @ 176cm.


I ski front side groomed in the northeast.


I'm 68 , 5'8", 187 pounds.


Pros: Fast, stable, smooth, great on frontside, works in the back, a good one quiver ski

Cons: Not a lot of pop, a bit heavy.....

I bought these skis to replace a pair of AC20s, which were not a good purchase for me (and were sold for cheap to a guy for whom they will hopefully be better).


My skis for years were an Atomic Metron 9, which were tanks, and really heavy.  These skis remind me of those skis, except they're a bit lighter, a whole lot faster, and better on the backside than the shorter Metrons every could be.  


I'm 5'-7", about 170 lbs, ski mostly in the east, with some western thrown in and I have these sticks in 176cm length.  I generally ski fast, especially on the front side, and have some difficulty in the backside on super steep, super bumpy, and these skis have brought up my game on the backside.  They cut through crud, are pretty good in shallow powder, super fast on the frontside, and made me a better skier in areas where I lacked the confidence to hit hard.  


Edge grip is amazing, and they like going up on edge.  As they get faster, they get more confident, like they have no speed limits.  The flat/rocker design makes for going through crud and end of day churn like magic, but the downside of it, is that due to the lack of the traditional camber, you miss the pop that you'd get from a conventional cambered ski. 


I've done a day at Lake Louise on them, Sunshine for a day, and Blue Mountain for a day, and they are a ski that doesn't really need or want finesse.  They're a little more brutish than that, and they like a heavy hand (or leg) on them, but the softer front end helps to get the ski initiating turns quickly.  These aren't anything like the Volkls I gave up for this, which I frankly didn't like.  Somewhere, someone likened these Volkls to being more like Atomics, and I couldn't agree more.  They are the big boy version of the Metron 9s.


One small thing -- if you like you skis looking pristine, this ain't going to happen.  I've already beaten the bindings....but it's just paint and scratches.


Pros: Good turn initiation, Stable at speed

Cons: None

I skied these at Killington on December19, 2012 from 9:00 am to noon.  I wanted to try the RTM 80s in the afternoon, but the Volkl rep packed up the demo tent and left.


The RTM 84s had good turn initiation, rode smoothly over ungroomed snow, and were stable at speed.  They were easy to get on edge, and I didn't notice anything negative about them.  I would probably have more to say if I had skied them for a longer period of time.


I would not have rated Durability or Value, or put in a price, but the Rating thing doesn't allow explanations.


Pros: quickness, grip, stable

Cons: price


Age: 42

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 170

Years skiing: 35

Days/year: 20


Home Mt: Crystal Mt. WA

Preferred terrain: steep and deep


Ski tested 176

Days tested: 2

conditions: 12" powder, tracked powder over ice crust


This ski is incredibly easy to ski, maneuverable, and forgiving.  Transitions are effortless and very quick.  They make short work of bumps and trees, and they hold a good edge on ice if you lay them over.  Of course, they ride deeper down in the powder and consequently, they are may not smear as easily as other rockered skis.  But they want to make short-radius turns when you put them on edge, so there is not much need to smear.  I think this is a great ski for someone who wants an extremely maneuverable ski that excels on groomers and bumps, but also is easy to turn in powder and crud.  This ski is a lot of fun.



Pros: Smooth & Easy

Cons: Smooth & Easy, this IS a Volkl, right?




Length Tested: 171cm

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  

Camber:  Full Rocker,

Binding: Suggested

Mount point: Suggested 


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Winter Park

Number of Runs:2

Snow Conditions:Firm

Demo or Own: Demo


Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 47

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 40-60

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 12 Blizzard Bonafide, 12 DPS 112RP Pure, 12 Kastle MX88

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees




Smooth, easy, light, playful and VOLKL all in the same sentence??? Hard to believe. It seems that K2 has put more than money into Volkl..they put some of their easy skiing personality. Volkl has taken the perennial hard to ski, uncompromising AC50  soften it up, reversed the camber to rocker and sent it to obedient school and made it stay after for a few classes in charm and created a monster...a fluffy humorous monster that belongs in any Pixar movie. 


For those who feared Volkls, not the case any more, the RTM and Code series are some of the easier skiing performance skis out there. Relax, have fun and rip up the hill. 



2012 Volkl RTM 84

Winner of every major magazine award in this season's buyer's guides, the innovative RTM 84 is designed for good skiers who want smooth carving on the front side of the mountain combined with uncanny maneuverability in soft snow. Völkl's proprietary full rocker technology gives the skier smooth, direct turn initiation, and a playful overall feel. Its new construction even yields a 15% weight savings compared to its predecessor, the AC50

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