Völkl 2020 ski reviews
Völkl usually offers performance-oriented skis and the Racetiger SL won't change our mind. The ski well deserves its name. The reviewers' comments speak for themselves: "aggressive", "beastly", "nervous", "a weapon"…
The level of performance is therefore at the top in this "leisure" slalom category. It is a powerful ski, "precise and... Read on
Already much noticed during the pre-tests, the Mantra V.Werks quickly won over the Proskilab reviewers. To put it bluntly, the "V.Werks" version has nothing to do with the classic version of the Mantra "M5" reviewed last year and renewed by the brand this year. The edge lines, construction, weight and behaviour are very different. It must be said that the Mantra V.Werks is a unique ski on the market.
First... Read on
Völkl has earned a reputation as a performance-oriented brand on both piste ski and all-mountain skis. We have been reviewing skis for 14 years and it is clear that this reputation has rarely been denied by Proskilab reviewers.
This will not be the case of the RACETIGER GS, which stands out as the "performance" ski of this comparison.
The ski likes to go fast, wants "to just accelerate"... Read on
The Völkl Yumi, tested last year, doesn't seem to have changed much and retains the same qualities, particularly on piste.
The testers all remarked on the exceptional accessibility of this ski. The Yumi is easy, intuitive and doesn't require any special instructions or skill level to ski. Very forgiving, it builds confidence and allows technical progression.
The performance on piste was... Read on
After the Mantra, here is the Kendo, one of the references of this market segment, renewed by Völkl and derived into two versions for the occasion: the 92 and the 88. Here, we're reviewing the second one.
The modifications are similar to the Mantra M5. The ski is narrower with a waist that goes from 90 to 88 mm. The construction changes and adopts, more or less, that of the Mantra with two plates of... Read on
While we asked Völkl to put the Mantra M5 in the competition this year, the manufacturer wanted to offer us the 90Eight in this category. It is an excellent ski, but a little light in this rather demanding programme. The Mantra M5 has not changed and we recommend our reviewers interested in a more performance-oriented ski to refer to the test carried out last year.
The 90Eight shines when you leave the pistes.... Read on
The "Best Ski" last year, the Deacon 74 from Völkl appeared more powerful but also more demanding this year.
The Deacon 74 is made to go fast, very fast and for big curves. The stability of the ski, the curve holding, and the "powerful" grip are high-flying. "A rail", the reviewers say. The ski just asks for acceleration and a lot of energy.
The ski requires adaptation... Read on
The Flair SC (Slalom Carver) Carbon is defined by Völkl as being "a rigid but light piste ski, made for short turns".
The overall performance is good, although not the best in the category. The testers enjoyed the compromise between performance and comfort: "not too rigid" but with a "good rebound".
The ski is "easy and fun", especially suited to short turns... Read on
In this category, we are looking for skis that are accessible at the lowest technical levels but that nevertheless let the skier advance.
In particular, the ski is expected to be able to pivot easily (i.e. to be turned when flat), the skid handling is progressive and homogeneous, and the ski behaves correctly when the skier is in a centred or slightly rear position. Once these qualities have been acquired, we look... Read on