Nothing's tastier than a well-earned face shot.
You love fresh powder turns and you're not afraid to earn 'em. Tackle the steep and deep with Volkl's new VTA 108 Alpine Touring Skis on your feet. The VTA 108 is the fattest option in Volkl's newly expanded VTA collection this season, with a 108mm waist that's just begging for a good pow slash. The VTA series represents the ultralight end of the spectrum among Volkl's fleet of touring skis—featuring Volkl's VTA Superlite Outline, carbon tip, and Tourlite wood core, these sticks fly up the hill as fast as you can say skin track.
Volkl's signature Ice.Off topsheet provides a solution to frustrating snow buildup while you're skinning in deep snow, with an anti-icing surface structure that sheds snow buildup. The flat tail makes it easy to wedge into the snow during tricky kick turns, and with the Skin Pin system at the shovel of your ski, your skins can be securely fastened quickly and efficiently. Volkl put a lot of thought into uphill performance with the VTA series, but that don't be afraid to let it rip on the descent. The wood core offers a consistent flex and a playful feel, with a moderate taper that handles variable snow just as well as feather-light blower.
- A lightweight touring ski ready for big days in the backcountry
- 108mm waist thrives in deep snow
- Early rise tip keeps your turns smooth and effortless
- Tourlite wood core is light and playful
- Carbon tip is lightweight and stable at high speeds
- VTA Superlight Outline saves even more weight
- SkinPin fastening system is quick and convenient
- Ice.Off topsheet keeps snow off your skis to reduce unnecessary weight
- Q & A
Great, light ski, but durability issues.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this ski looking for a long range touring stick that still had some girth and ability to go fast. I am 6'2", 180lbs, bought the 189cm and mounted with beast 14's. My initial impressions were good, this ski is very light for it's size, however factory recommend felt a cm or two further back than I'd like, although I went with it since it aligns well with the core center and there is a very specific mounting stringer laid into the ski. No big deal.
On the hill ratings...
Groomers: 5/5 for a wide ski. These things lay tracks.
Bumps: 2/5 but not really what they're designed for. They make you stay on your game and work, especially in steep rutted bumps.
Pow: 4/5 considering that this ski is advertised as a powder ski, I expected better, but they really are fun, so I can't complain. Feel best in shorter turns, I'm more of a long turn guy. They start to feel a bit loose at high speed in soft snow.
Uphill: 5/5 for the size they preform very well. Light, the flat tail is great, and the integrated skins so far are outstanding.
Durability: 1/5 here's where I have a big issue. I'll admit that I'm more accustomed to the world of big heavy freeride skis, and these are lightweight touring skis, but durability has been a major downfall. My particular complaint is that having lightly grazed a rock in a turn, my sidewall and edge buldged out underfoot, leaving a tear in the base at the teeth of the edge. Not a core shot, but the base actually ripped from the stress, probably because it is so thin. Like I said, I'm used to big heavy skis, and hitting rocks is just part of skiing in the BC, but this seems ridiculous. I barely felt it, I'd hate to imagine what actually landing on a rock with a bit of weight could do. This took place on the last run of the day and being that the skis are quite expensive I'm planning on skiing them until they completely fail, so I'll report back with how they hold up the rest of the year.
For now, I'll say that if you're looking for a mildly wide, relatively traditionally shaped touring ski, these will fit the bill as long as you're planning on only skiing on snow. Introduce rocks or logs into the equation and you're going to run into similar issues. Maybe pick a beefier ski, especially if you're a larger person.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought these and a pair of Marker Kingpin's to use as my touring skis in Utah. They are incredibly lightweight which makes touring far less exhausting. For not being full rocker they are surprisingly playful in deep powder. On harder snow and groomers they feel stable as any ski I've ever used. This makes carving big turns at high speed fun and comfortable. You also don't have to worry about getting bogged down in the powder, because of the early rise and 141mm tip width, they float on top of even the fluffiest powder the mountains have to offer.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have had these skis out for 5 days in the backcountry and I'm pleased so far. The ice off top sheet actually works, keeping my skis light on the ascent. They are fun and playful but not heavy.
Recommended Sizing Guide
Your ski size is largely determined by both your skiing ability and your preferred style of skiing. For example, an expert skier in Vermont will ski a far different ski than an expert in British Columbia. So take a look at our chart and explanations and find your perfect fit. Your weight also plays a large factor in finding the right ski. If you are either under or over average weight for your height consider downsizing or upsizing, respectively.
|Big-Mountain Freeride||Backcountry Jib||All-Mountain||Park & Pipe||All-Mountain Carve|
|Pro||180 - 200cm||180 - 190cm||180 - 190cm||175 - 185cm||175 - 185cm|
|Expert||170 - 180cm||175 - 185cm||170 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||170 - 185cm|
|Intermediate||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 175cm|
|Entry Level||N/A||N/A||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm|
SKILL LEVEL EXPLANATIONS
Pro: Excels on any terrain, on any snow condition. Enjoys high speeds.
Expert: Comfortable on any terrain and most snow conditions.
Intermediate: Comfortable on Blue trails, exploring Black trails.
Entry Level: Learning to ski Green and Blue trails.
SKIING STYLE EXPLANATIONS
Big-Mountain Freeride: High speeds, deep powder, steep lines, straightlining, chutes, cliffs.
Backcountry Jib: Backcountry kickers, hucking, twintips, deep powder.
All-Mountain: From bumps to back bowls, groomers to glades; everything and anywhere on the mountain.
Park & Pipe: De-tuned edges and buttery twin tips, occasionally pole-impaired.
All-Mountain Carve: Stiff. High-speed corduroy cutter. For those blind to SLOW signs.