Volkl Blaze 94 W 2020 – 2021 | Review

As good on the up as it is on the down, the Volkl Blaze 94 W will be setting hearts alight this season

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
Price: £575

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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.

Völkl Blaze 94 W Shaping

The Blaze skis aren’t unique in employing a 3 radius sidecut, but the range of the three different radii is pretty extreme. In a 165cm length, the Blaze 94 W features a tight 14m radius underfoot, which extends to 25m in the tail and more than doubles in the tip with a 33m radius.

“Hop-turns are an absolute breeze on the Blaze 94 W”

Whilst the Blaze can arc long turns on hard pack, it isn’t designed to have you skiing like Lindsey Vonn. Their lightweight construction favours agile, nippy turns in softer conditions and the edge to edge titanal directly underfoot provides great lateral power in short turns. We reckon hop-turns are an absolute breeze on the Blaze 94 W, and the same goes for navigating bumps, couloirs, and gulleys.

At 94mm underfoot, the Blaze 94 W also offers good flotation in powder, which is aided by the long tip and tail radii and slight rocker. Plus, the recommended mount point is significantly back from centre – so you’ll have plenty of ski in front of you for lift and flotation in the softer stuff.

Who Is The Völkl Blaze 94 W For?

The standout feature of Blaze 94 W is just how light it is, which makes it a prime candidate for a touring ski. The ski lengths – 158cm, 165cm, and 172cm also start on the shorter side enabling you to pick a shorter ski for uphill manoeuvrability.

The tight 14m turn radius underfoot is geared towards variable terrain that you’re likely to encounter outside of resort boundaries – weaving between rocks, trees, steeps, and bumps.

“We’re impressed by how well Volkl manage to strike a balance between uphill and downhill”

We’re impressed by how well Volkl manage to strike a balance between uphill and downhill capability in the Blaze 94 W. Certainly, there are better skis out there for hardcore carving, but that’s not the Blaze’s goal.

The Blaze is designed to enable effortless access outside of resort boundaries, and to be the niftiest and nimblest ski on the way down. Pair the Blaze 94 W with Marker Kingpin bindings for a touring friendly ski that doesn’t wave the white flag on skiing inbounds.

What Is The Völkl Blaze 94 W Good At?

Lightweight: 8/10
Versatility: 8/10
All Mountain Performance: 7/10

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