Volkl's ski technology is constantly improving, and the German manufacturer has some of the best ski designs in the industry. Völkl is extremely thorough when describing all of their technology, so here is a helpful guide into the inner-workings of Völkl skis. This information should will help you decide which Völkl skis are right for you!
Volkl's Ski Construction
- Dual XTD Transmission Sidewall
A light but highly stable full rocker shape, paired with an extra wide longitudinal reinforcement above the ski deck. The reinforcement belts are aligned to channel stress toward the outside of the ski. This works with the sidewall construction to prevent chatter and ensure that the necessary pressure is applied to the edges at high speeds.
- Dual XTD Transmission
This cap construction makes a full rocker ski more forgiving and a bit softer in the general ride characteristics, yet still delivers the necessary power reserves for athletic skiers pushing their limits.
- XTD Transmission
This construction follows a similar construction philosophy as the Dual XTD, although the reinforcement is somewhat less pronounced, giving the ski a softer feel. This construction provides enough edge pressure needed to rise up to the next level of speed and confidence.
- Extended Double Grip
The unique Motion iPT interface allowed Völkl engineers to further develop our signature Double Grip construction, creating Extended Double Grip. The added height extends from tip to tail, placing more material where its needed - in support of the edges. Extended Double Grip has the most consistent pressure distribution of any construction Völkl has ever created, offering more control, and better performance.
- Power Construction
Völkl's longest-running construction, Power Construction utilizes traditional vertical sidewalls. Used in racing skis as well as freeskiing models, this versatile, proven construction provides tremendous grip, stability and sensitivity.
- Power Grip
All skis with 3Motion feature Power Grip construction, which improves power delivery to the edge with a unique 3-Dimensional design. As with Extended Double Grip, the segmented Motion interface allows the ski to be shaped with more material supporting the edge, for better edge grip and smoother turns.
- Double Grip LT
The Double Grip LT construction also utilizes dual longitudinal chamber. Developed with the needs of novice to intermediate skiers in mind, fiberglass layers are built up inside the chambers. This places more material where it can support the edges, while allowing a balance between longitudinal and torsional flex.
Volkl's Core Configurations
- XTD Sensorwood Core
This is the construction method with the greatest proportion of wood. The core consists of a number of layers of wood glued together using a special patented process to allow the wood and resin to be better bonded. Two additional wood cores stretch along the ski edges for its entire length. This core offers an incomparably precise ride and harmonious flex.
- XTD Wood Core
For the XTD Wood Core, two complete, full wood cores run parallel down both sides along the ski's full length. This design allows precise edge grip and stability at high speeds. Both XTD Wood Core and XTD Sensor Wood Core are the basis for Volkl's Double Grip XTD technology.
- Full Sensor Wood Core
A compact wooden core is integrated from the ski tip to ski tail providing power and energy along the entire ski's length. The result is optimum support and responsiveness for skiers with a good feeling for the snow and slopes and seek intuitive responsiveness from their skis.
- Dual Wood Core
The Dual Wood Core construction consists of the wooden core extending across the width of the ski body and is position within the central binding area. This core delivers extra power underfoot and allows easier and lighter flexing at the tip and tail for a smooth, somewhat forgiving performance.
- Wood Core
This core gives additional dampening in the central binding area of the ski resulting in a controlled ride and easy turning from the middle of the ski. This core construction is quiet and stable regardless of the terrain and conditions and ideal for the skier requiring a forgiving nature
Wide Ride Binding System
- Wide Ride Improves Performance in 3 Ways
1. The Wide Ride interface in 30% wider than the original iPT. It was developed specifically for skis 80 mm and wider.
2. The toe and heel pieces for the Wide Ride system are the same design as those of the Marker Duke, Jester and Griffon freeride bindings. The components contribute to better performance with a more secure wrap on the boot lug, and increased directional elasticity in the heel.
3. Lighter weight, shorter connection to the ski. Both the toe and heel components are extremely light, allowing the skier to have a very wide ski that is as easy to handle and maneuverable as a narrower system.
Powered By Titanium
The top-of-the-line Völkls boast a special wood core tuning system - all powered by titanium. Above and below the XTD Sensor Wood Core or XTD Wood Core, there is a layer of titanium reinforcing the ski and adding power and stability. The thin yet extremely strong aluminum alloy extends its unparalleled dampening properties particularly at high speeds.
Powered By Steel
Many high performance Völkl models feature a layer of spring steel below the ski's core. This metal layer absorbs vibration, providing addition stability for a fabulous blend of smooth-riding, yet lively performance.
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