Germany-based Völkl has been crafting high-quality—and sometimes surprising—World Cup–worthy ski equipment since 1923. It continues this tradition with the new-for-2015/2016 100Eight. These all-mountain free skis are made with Völkl’s 3D.RIDGE, a new setup that offers a lively and playful ride, thanks to a flat-tail design, full rocker, early taper, and an open radius.
The 100Eight is built of lightweight construction (fiberglass and composite cap with poplar and ash core) and boasts a raised central ridge that levels out near the edge, aiding in the ski’s agility. Simultaneously, the center ridge works as a balancing element, allowing for hardness distribution, which creates a harmonious flex on the ski.
Advanced and expert skiers will love the 100Eight’s versatility, opening up all mountain conditions, from deep fresh powder to groomed slopes. ($699; backcountry.com)