Why We Chose The Völkl Blaze 94 W: low weight, intuitive, versatile
Lengths (cm): 158, 165, 172
Sidecut (mm): 134, 94, 116 (165cm)
Radius: 25-14-33 (3 radius tech)
Rocker Profile: Tip and tail rocker
Weight (per ski): 1460g
As unlimited access to the mountains becomes all the rage, Volkl have risen to the challenge of creating a ski that’s as good on the up as it is on the down. Enter Volkl’s Blaze range, a four-ski series designed for ‘versatility in any terrain’.
“Volkl have risen to the challenge of creating a ski that’s as good on the up as it is on the down”
Replacing their previous Eight series, the Blaze range is Volkl’s take on an easy-going and intuitive alpine touring ski. We’re pretty sure the Blaze 94 W will be setting hearts alight this season.
Völkl Blaze 94 W Build
Poplar and beech combine to form the Blaze 94 W’s wood core. A 0.3mm thick titanal plate sits directly under the binding to provide a solid mounting platform, and to enhance the ski’s stability and power underfoot.
Unlike Volkl’s other freeride skis, such as the Katana and Kendo, titanal doesn’t feature in the rest of the ski. This is to maintain a feather light weight in the ski tips and tails. Given this no fuss construction, the Blaze 94 W weighs a slender 1460g. Aside from touring-specific skis, we haven’t found many skis in the all-mountain category that sneak in below this weight.
“Volkl are clearly proud of this all-new ski construction”
For the sceptics for whom a sub 1.5kg ski might conjure thoughts of chatter and buckle, fear not. Volkl fit the Blaze 94 W with suspension tips, a new Volkl feature for 2020/21. These rubber edges on the tips and tails absorb bumps and shocks in unpredictable snow conditions, which limits vibrations and allows the body of the ski to continue its descent disruption-free.
Volkl are clearly proud of this all-new ski construction because they’ve left it plain as day for all to admire under a translucent top sheet.