There is not a dedicated thread to the ’15 Volkl RTM 81 and 84, and, as I got to demo them on an extended basis today, let’s open one. First, I am not a charter member of the “give me my Volkls” club, I selected this pairing because of a very short line at the Volkl tent (which did not last long). In fact, I’m more a Volkl skeptic based on other demos.
- 6’1”, 200 lbs.
- Eastern small mountain, hard snow skier
- Short, carving turns mostly, not a high speed skier
- Weakness as a skier is off piste and bumps. Blue Mtn bumps = ice..not fun!
@Qcanoe called me a pretty good groomer skier last January at the Epic Utah Gathering. Talk about left handed complements! Can’t keep up the first string big boys at Gatherings. Second groupings for me.
- This season has been mostly on Fischer WC Sl’s in 165
- Today’s conditions, new snow over some refrozen granular, pretty good for my home mountain, Bluebird day
I had not researched theses skis, was familiar with many good reviews of the older RTM series. The Rep stated these were both brand new to his fleet and made me promise to treat them well and return in same condition.
Volkl RTM 84, 176cm in length.
I owned the Head Rev 85, sold it because of too much overlap with my 78 waist skis by Hart. I like the quicker edge changes of the narrower skis, and, question the value of 85ish skis in the east. Rep told me about the dual rocker plus these were a serious, hard charging ski. Immediately, they ski shorter than the 176 length, turn initiation is very easy, and, comfortable to ski on as they soak up the terrain nicely. Responsive at the lower speeds I use and my shorter radius turns. My issue was that I could not get them onto carving edge easily. When I could, the edge grip was very evident and it is competent. They need some attention to perform, not easily smeared. This skis did all that I asked of it, and, did it pretty well. Skied it for close to an hour. I only wished I was a better skier to push it more.
Volkl RTM 81, 176cm in length.
I’m at a loss to explain why I demo’d a ski only 3mm less in width from the ski I just demo’d. But, wow, it did all the good things the 84 did, plus, it carved so much easier with great grip. The edge grip resembled the locked in feeling on my Fischer Sl’s, couldn’t believe it was 81 underfoot and 176 long. I was smiling in a few turns. When pushed into bigger turns or higher speeds, it performed..period. Like it’s big brother 84, not easy to smear and push around. Skis shorter than 176. I would have loved to try bumps, but, today was not that day in the icefields of Blue bumps. In construction, it shares the substantial feelings typical of the Volkl line. I could have an affair with the ski.
While I demo’d 4 other skis today, these two just stood out for some serious skiing. Good Job Volkl.
Wanted to take the new Red Sled Mantra out, but, the wait was far too long.