The Transfer 89 is a twin tip all mountain ski from Volkl that sits in their “Freestyle” line of skis. While it’s easy to segment the Transfer 89 as a park specific ski, it does have a directional sidecut, tip and tail rocker, a full wood core, and carbon stringers. This style design and construction typically results in a really fun, playful all mountain ski that’s fun to take just about anywhere and isn’t restricted to use in the terrain park by any means. After all, Volkl does have more specific park and pipe skis, like the symmetrical Revolt 87, for example. Most of our testers who skied the Transfer 89 are not, and have not ever been, park skiers, but we did get it on the feet of at least one skier with a terrain park background for a mix of reactions for a variety of ski styles. Each of our testers skied the 179 cm length.
Marcus Shakun was a great person to test the skis ability as an all mountain ski. He described them as “very snappy off the tail with a softer shovel that can snap short quick turns in soft snow.” Marcus actually had a lot of fun skiing the Transfer 89 in soft, ungroomed conditions, which suggests it would be a pretty versatile ski. On groomers he described the performance a little bit different, saying that the ski makes “long radius turns if you want to ride the radius out on groomers.” While Marcus recommends the ski for “intermediate to advanced skiers that like the park”, but we can expand that into “intermediate to advanced skiers that want a very playful all mountain ski.”
Bob St. Pierre was another tester that really put the Transfer 89 through the paces necessary to test its all mountain prowess. He thought it performed great in the bumps and trees, although he did feel it left something to be desired when carving in firm snow. After chatting with Bob about the Transfer 89 he admits he was hoping it was going to feel like a “de-tuned Kendo”, but the lack of metal really puts it in a different class. We can go back to Marcus’ thoughts of the ski and his thoughts that the ski will make a long radius carving turn if you ride the edge, but it’s not a high speed ripper like the Kendo.
Matt McGinnis has far and away the most experience on twin tip park skis out of all of our testers that tried the Transfer 89, so his reactions are quite valuable. According to Matt, “the ski was a very pleasant surprise. A full camber, 89 mm waist ‘park ski’ isn’t entirely my style, but this ski was just down right fun.” Matt typically skis wider, more rockered skis like the Volkl One (becoming the Bash), so being on a narrower, cambered ski was a bit different for him. Matt thought that the Transfer 89 had “better than average edge hold for a park ski.” We think Matt really described the ski well. Where Marcus and Bob were comparing them to other dedicated all mountain skis (like the Kendo for example) it’s easier for Matt to make direct comparisons to twin tip “freestyle” all mountain skis. We’ll leave you with his final thoughts on the ski that sums things up nicely:
“I can attest to their abilities as an all mountain twin tip. For a skier who’s spent their youth in the park, but has since outgrown it, these skis provide an opportunity to own a pair of twin tips that are ready and willing to take on the whole resort.”