Volkl Blaze 106
The Volkl Blaze 106 is back for another season. Lots of skiers have benefitted from its lightweight feel and off-piste prowess. Volkl uses a Hybrid Multilayer wood core in the Blaze 106, which is impressively lightweight. They also add a Titanal Binding Platform for binding retention, which also gives the Blaze 106 a stronger feel underfoot than you might expect just looking at its weight. Speaking of weight, the 165 centimeters length is just 1593 grams and the Blaze 106 is one of the lightest freeride skis out there, barring touring specific skis. It has long rocker lines, although there isn't a ton of splay. This gives you good maneuverability when riding a flatter base, while retaining a relatively long effective edge when you tip it into a turn. Perhaps the most interesting, or eye-catching, information on its stat sheet is its 3D Radius. Volkl uses 3D Radius in a lot of their skis, but it's more pronounced in the Blaze 106 than any other ski, which allows for a ton of different turn shapes. This makes the Blaze 106 appeal to a very wide range of skier styles, abilities and types of turns. An expert will love the snappy, lightweight feel and how easy it is to flick around, while an intermediate will appreciate its forgiveness and ease of use. The Volkl Blaze 106 offers maneuverability, quickness and versatility into a lightweight package that is sure to please resort skiers or ski tourers with equal aplomb.