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Volkl's Ski News for 2013

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We had the opportunity to tour the MarkerVolkl booth at the SIA Show in January with Marketing Director Annie Beck, who told us about some of the new and improved products that will be of interest to EpicSki members for the coming season.

 

These Are for The Girls

Volkl will be replacing the venerable Attiva line with an entirely new line of front side skis for women called Essenza, with five new models. The new skis have progressive tip rocker added to Volkl's proprietary Bio-Logic technology specifically for women skiers, including:

  • An ultra-light wood core that makes the skis more lightweight and more maneuverable, which means less fatigue and stress on the knee joints
  • Sidecut geometry that is wider in the tip and narrower in the tail is designed to yield a tighter turn radius on the front of the ski and a longer radius toward the tail. "The narrower tail allows the skier to finish the turn with less effort, reducing the load on the knees," says the company brochure.
  • The flex pattern that is stiffer toward the front of the ski and softer toward the tail, for a quick initiation and an easy exit from turns
  • The profile of the ski that raises the toe to create a more level, "ergonomic" stance enabling more balanced muscle action between the quads and the hamstrings, which protects the knee joint and prevents fatigue

 

The progressive tip rocker brings the contact point just in front of the toe piece. "The added ease, smoothness and maneuverability is especially compelling when combined with our adjusted stance, geometry and flex. Turn engagement is gradual yet direct, and the flow from turn to turn is greatly enhanced." (Company brochure)

 

Volkl's Women's Skis -- the Essenzas are on the left:

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All are sold as system skis with coordinating bindings (except the entry level model) and have waists ranging from 73mm to 79mm and lengths from 141 to 166 cm. The Allura with a 75mm waist is perfection as a frontside daily driver while the Charisma (79mm waist) is more of an all-mountain performer. Annie Beck said that when she demoed the skis, she had recently given birth and was terribly out of shape, but both skis were so easy-going that she never felt the least bit disadvantaged for the time she'd been off skis. "That experience convinced me of the benefits of having rocker on a pair of skis," she said.

 

Here's a video interview of Annie Beck by Trekchick from the SIA Show:

 

 

VWerks Mach Schnell!

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These ultra-high-end skis in two models, the RTM (129-84-111) and the Code (122-76-104), are lightweight over-achievers on frontside groomers. They have a Metal-Tex Hybrid construction with titanal, aramid, and carbon fibers and an ultra-light wood core. The integrated binding interface with the ski is "created to deliver the ultimate power transmission and light weight." (From the Company brochure.)

 

V-Werks and the Essenza line of women's skis both use the Bio-Logik extra light sensor wood core made of Paulownia and Poplar woods. The skis are lighter because of lighter system binding weight due to lighter components and innovative interfaces between binding and ski. 

 

"For 2012/2013 Volkl has placed considerable emphasis of engineering and technology that make equipment light are and more responsive, while also improving their strength and resilience. Both the ski chassis and the binding system have been adapted in models throughout the line." (Company brochure.)

 

The VWerks ski won the 2012 ISPO Award for On-Piste Skis for innovation, design, and performance. According to award information, the skis weigh approximately 5.7 kg at 176 cm, have an XTD Transmission Sidewall construction with hollow carbon shells (hollow tech), Full Rocker construction, iPT Wideride xtraLIGHT binding and are made in Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Other news from the unisex side:

  • The popular Kuro big mountain ski now has a strip of metal on each side for torsional rigidity.
  • The Shiro was the hottest-selling powder ski last year.
  • Kendo has added tip rocker.
  • The Kink and Step park'n'pipe models have a new directional design with the tip wider than the tail. 

 

Kids and Rocker = Better Success!

Volkl's Garmisch factory did a blind test of different prototypes of junior skis -- including full rocker, tip rocker, and traditional camber -- and found that tip rocker was the most beneficial design for teaching juniors 3 years and up to ski, increasing the probability that they will take to skiing for life. icon14.gif


Edited by nolo - 3/26/12 at 2:06pm
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Are the VWerks sidewall or cap construction?

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Of course now we have a ongoing thread on why skis are so heavy telling us why we don't want light skis, along comes Volkl marketing a "lighter weight" line of frontside skis. Can someone please put Volkl's lightweight claim into perspective by giving the specs? Also a on the snow report of those VWerks would be useful, as will comparisons to the 2012/13 Kendo because it's on this 140lbs skiers shortlist...VWorks, umm @ $1400, are they really that much lighter with the smooth damp performance of a heavier ski??  

 

Btw, Good job Trekchick! :)


Edited by neonorchid - 3/25/12 at 9:54pm
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Thread Starter 

I added the information about weight and construction to the OP/article. The construction is sidewall and the weight is approximately 5.7 kg at 176cm.

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So it would appear that Volkl have created the post-Natal ski category. biggrin.gif

Anyone got a clue whether that Shiro sales record is purely for Volkl products or in respect to other company's powder skis? (I assume the former.)

Also - are those ugly top-sheet designs in the last picture of the unisex line? The fat one does look like the Shiro or maybe the Kuro.


Lukas

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Lukas, I think the Shiro sales record was for all powder skis, but I should have clarified that answer. The black ski in the last photo is the Kuro with the metal sides.

 

 

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by TheDad View Post

Are the VWerks sidewall or cap construction?


A friend has the V-Werks RTM (I haven't seen the Code yet). It looks really cool. It's like both sidewall and cap. Apparently, it is handmade. I know I'd like to try it.

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Lukas View Post

So it would appear that Volkl have created the post-Natal ski category. biggrin.gif

Anyone got a clue whether that Shiro sales record is purely for Volkl products or in respect to other company's powder skis? (I assume the former.)

Also - are those ugly top-sheet designs in the last picture of the unisex line? The fat one does look like the Shiro or maybe the Kuro.


Lukas



Given our sales experience I would guess that you are correct. In our case, we sold twice as many S-7's and 4X as many Cochises.

 

SJ

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post #9 of 20

Has anyone tried the new Kendo with early rise/tip rocker?

 

-Aezed

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Has anyone tried the new Kendo with early rise/tip rocker?

 

-Aezed



Yes......not much different than it was before.

 

SJ

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post #11 of 20

Some of the 2013 Volkl products have been added to EpicSki and tagged on the right side of the page for those looking for some of the details. 

Still working on more so, keep checking for additions. 

post #12 of 20

I demo'd the Vwerks this spring in the 176 length for a 1/2 day in New England. Conditions were typical hard pack. I am a heavier skier at 210 just under 6' and skied the RTM 84 just prior. The VWerks just plain rips in my opinion. Lightweight? Yup. Stable at speed? Yup. Even more so than the RTM a heavier ski. My quiver has shrunk over the years where I'm now down to a single pair of teles, a pair of Super G's and my go to skis, a 3 yr. old pair of Movement Thunders. After a couple of hours on the VWerks I implored the rep to sell me the demo pair that day. He told me to get in line and maybe at the end of the season I could pick them up, used, at full retail, a staggering $1300. With younger children and primarily skiing front side with limited off piste opportunities, and a trip out West each year (if I"m lucky) the VWorks is a very strong contender. I was smiling ear to ear and tearing apart the New England hard, frozen, granular. Wish thet rep had released a pair to me that afternoon.

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The Vw84's binding clearly looks to be a Jester variant therefore i'll guess the ski itself weighs approx. 8.4lb/pair and thats probably generous given they claim a special binding/weight reductions. That would make it almost a 1/2lb heavier than a 84 waist Nordica Burner, ~2.5lb heavier then a 90mm K2 Sideshow and ~1lb lighter then the Volkl Kendo. Swing weight savings would be worth it if it retains a heavier damp ski feel and doesn't get tossed around in the crud or chatter like a lighter ski. 

I'd hope to be able to demo it next year but it's too bad they don't offer a "Flat" (ski only) option. Not a fan of the Royal Family bindings and although the skis raised sides architecture probably wouldn't allow for a Look Pivot heel piece to function properly, for me that may be the deal breaker as i still chose Tyrolia over a Marker Royal's dumbed down toe piece (imo), and the bindings lack of elasticity. 

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Not to thread drift too much, but any thoughts on their claims that kids 3 and up learn faster on early rise rockered skis?

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Other than graphics, has the Bridge changed since last year's model?

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

Lukas, I think the Shiro sales record was for all powder skis, but I should have clarified that answer. 

 

Yes they were *record sales!

 

The Shiro Jr was a surprise junior/light woman's powder ski for the small charger. 

 

 

* in spoiler box

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*Based on powder skis that the names was 5 letters starting with a "S" and ending with an "o" with size runs of 10cm on the 3's.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Jimski View Post

Other than graphics, has the Bridge changed since last year's model?

 

Thanks.

I believe the Bridge is unchanged, except for graphics for 2013. 

post #18 of 20
Can you guys help me what is a similar ski to the s5 volkl now days
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Originally Posted by Gbu View Post

Can you guys help me what is a similar ski to the s5 volkl now days

 

Probably one of these - http://www.volkl.com/us/skis/all-mountain/the-code/overview.html

post #20 of 20
Thnk u I been looking at these. Need to take them for a test
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