The Flair SC is the flagship model in Volkl’s women’s Flair line of skis. This line is much more dedicated to firm snow performance than skis in their Freeride All Mountain collection like the Yumi, Kenja, and Aura. The Flair SC sits at the top of the line and boasts arguably the best performance on firm snow out of the bunch. It uses a 72 mm waist width that right away puts it in a category of “carving skis”. It has a relatively small 13.1 m turn radius at the 160 cm length, although our testers found it can make a multitude of turn shapes. Volkl constructs the Flair SC with a Sensor Wood Core, carbon laminates, full vertical sidewalls, and adds in their UVO vibration dampening technology to complete the package. It has subtle amounts of tip rocker, but no tail rocker which helps retain a ton of energy out of a turn. Let’s find out what our testers thought, all of whom skied the 155 cm length.
Tami Razinger had a lot of fun ripping around on the Flair SC. She typically chooses to ski on much wider skis for her “daily drivers” as she has a competitive big mountain background and can be classified as a “freeride” skier, but found the Flair SC to be quite fun despite its 72 mm waist width. She commented, “the Volkl Flair SC is real fun to rip all size turns all over the mountain. It holds an edge really well and can make everything from slalom to GS style turns.” Tami scored the Flair SC 5 out of 5 for quickness, maneuverability, and torsional stiffness. It will hold an edge through just about anything, but remains quick edge to edge and relatively maneuverable for a carving ski.
Katrine Wolfgang thought the Flair SC was right up her alley. Katrine has a racing background, so is very used to skiing on “narrow” skis. We put narrow in quotations because let’s be honest, it wasn’t that long ago that 72 mm was just “normal”. These days, however, a waist width like that seems dwarfed by so many wider “do-everything” skis. Katrine referred to the Flair SC as being “fun!” It “loved to turn” and felt “smooth at speeds.” Katrine gave the ski 5 out of 5 for just about every category (okay, the fact she gave it a 5 out of 5 for “float” might not make sense) and overall gave it the compliment of being “an all-around great skinny ski.”
Elissa DeGolyer thought the Flair SC “is definitely a chatter-proof ski.” She thought it was “very fun to carve hard and also good to slide upright turns on softer corduroy.” It’s a really nice feeling when a high performing carving ski allows you to release the tail edge and get the ski to slide and pivot a turn. The Flair SC does that as well as any ski with a 72 mm waist width, which makes it a blast to ski and a touch more forgiving and versatile than most comparable skis. Elissa recommends the Flair SC for “the strong solid skier who wants a carving ski that can ski just about the entire mountain.” We’ll emphasize “carving ski” here. While there are other skis on the market that offer a more even mix of performance for the entire mountain, the Flair SC delivers high-end carving performance while retaining some forgiveness.
Overall the Flair SC is really best for skiers who are spending most of their time on firm snow. If you split your time 50/50 between groomers and ungroomed terrain you’ll likely want a wider platform for that ungroomed terrain. For women who want great groomer performance, quick edge to edge feel, and solid edge hold all in a relatively versatile 72 mm width will be psyched with the Flair SC.