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Volkl 90Eight

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I'm looking for a sub 8 lb ski 96-100 underfoot for mainly AT, but also occasional resort laps. I own older Mantras and 2015 Kendos that I have bonded with quite well. On paper, the 90Eight seemed perfect,  but when I demoed the ski it was either the worst Volkl I have skied, or it was railed without any base bevel.


Normally I do like a ski with minimum base bevel of maybe .5deg, but these skis were extremely edgy, couldn't butter/slarve, and the inside ski was hooking up in every direction possible. Snow conditions were absolutely perfect north facing firm groomers that I could just destroy on the Kendos.  I was able to make one run on a south facing corned up steepish groomer, and the ski was great here.


I didn't have a true bar, and couldn't find a shop at the base with a bevel gauge, so I don't know for sure what was going on. It did appear to be a bit railed when I held a ski pole shaft up to the base, but.....


I know Skiing, and Freeskier like this ski, but looking for something a little more in depth like Blister or Real provides, but they don't have any reviews. So anyone out there have some good beta?


The only thing worse than buying the wrong ski without first demoing the ski, is writing off a very good ski because the ski had a shit tune.

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I skied the 177 last week and was fairly impressed.
I thought it held an edge pretty well on the firm, but freshly groomed DH course.
After it softened, it skied the bumps really well.
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I demoed these a few weeks ago, and they were awesome. I skied firm (icy in spots) groomers, slush piles, softer hero groomers, all in one run, and they were amazing in all of it. You must have had a pair with a really bad tune. I couldn't get over how easily they turned, held an edge, and pivoted when I wanted them. And I'm a small-ish female and skied the 170 men's version to boot, and am an "inter-vanced" skier. My daily driver is a 163 Kenja, so I, too, love Volkls. They had a similar feel to the Kenja (I have the 2016 version, so new construction) but were a bit more stable (length no doubt factored in.)


I'm still jonesing for a pair, they were that fun.

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