Today I got to try out my new Volkl RTM 81 in a 171 length. I am a level 8/9 skier and am 5'9" and 190 lbs.
I bought these skis to replace my much loved Volkl AC 30 w/ wideride bindings and 80 cm underfoot for skiing in the Mid Atlantic region. I also have a wider ski for western trips and race skis for my beer league. These are to be my fun everyday skiing when I am not racing. I like to ski the entire mountain from groomers, to steeps, to moguls, to trees and to powder (if we get any). I ski fast and agressive and these are my thoughts on my new sticks.
This is my first full rocker ski with no camber. At first it was a little disconcerting as they don't pop out of the turn like my AC30's. They also don't grip the hardpack as well, at least not first impression. However after a few runs.I started to get use to their feel and began to have some fun. They are lighter, more manueverable and quicker edge to edge than the ski it is replacing in my quiver. The little bit of soft ungroomed natural snow I found, the 81's felt very good and made me wish for more. Same with the small bump fields that are just starting to grow. They felf very manueverable and easy to slip through the moguls. I do believe I will like these skis for mogul duty. But on full throttle runs, they did not feel as stableas my 30's. But again as the day wore on, I gained more condidence and look forward to skiing them some more.
In conclusion, I have to say I like them! I think as I get used to the no camber I will like them even more. As compared to my AC 30's I find that the 81's are more manueverabe and have better float over broken snow and crud at the expense of being slightly less stable at speed and not having the traditional pop out of the turn. Though I noticed the lack of grip I think at slower speeds, it will be a non issue as the 81's seem to grip better at speed. I am looking forwars to skiing them some more.
Edited by rickg - 12/1/13 at 6:53am