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Volkl Reboots the Mantra

Volkl Reboots the Mantra

The Mantra has changed. Yes, there have been minor tweaks to Volkl's All Mountain masterpiece over the years, including the daring addition of a dash of tip rocker. But this (more)

Volkl Code L

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New for the 2013-2014 season, Volkl's Code Speedwall L offers performance skiers a fun and lively alternative to both the RTM and RaceTiger lines. I'm not big on the RTM skis (more)

Volkl Shiro

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Volkl's Shiro is unquestionably a powder specialist, built to thrill in steep, deep, and preferably expansive Big Mountain terrain. Objectively and subjectively I noticed the (more)

Volkl Katana Carbon

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New for the 2013-2014 season is Volkl's Katana Carbon, a V-Works carbon-fiber version of Volkl's Big-Mountain Katana. What the heck is 'V-Works', you ask? It's a (more)

Voile XLM

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Voile has updated its smallest shovel, the XLM. The original XLM was arguably the lightest functional aluminum avalanche shovel on the market. The new XLM is...arguably the (more)

Volkl RTM-84

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Volkl's RTM 84 has been highly regarded in print reviews, topping many a frontside-carver list. Oddly enough, however, during my own on-snow testing at Winter Park, the RTM 84 (more)

Volkl Nunataq

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My take on Volkl's Nunataq is that it's exactly the ski it's supposed to be. Billed as the touring version of the Gotama (or so Volkl told me), the Nunataq does indeed deliver (more)

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