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2019 Volkl Secret Women’s Skis

The Volkl Secret is a brand new all mountain ski for 2019 and uses some exciting new construction techniques that we also see in the latest rendition of the men’s M% Mantra. Instead of two full sheets of metal, which we have traditionally seen in a lot of Volkl’s skis, it uses their new Titanal Frame construction. A full sheet of metal still runs along the base of the ski, while horseshoe shaped metal laminates run along the edges on the top of the ski, but do not meet underfoot. The idea is to retain the longitudinal vibration damping properties of metal, as well as strong torsional stiffness, but give the ski a bigger sweet spot and a lighter overall weight. It was easily one of the most popular skis of the test.

Kristi Brown tested a 163 cm Secret and started her comments with, “Volkl playing a little reverse psychology. The Secret that should not be a secret because it’s too good not to share!” Kristi gave the Secret high scores across the board, and had a note to Volkl skiers who might be worried they changed their favorite skis, “Volkl loyalists will love the Secret upgrade! More versatility and forgiveness with classic Volkl confidence and candor.”

Danielle Nichols also enjoyed the Secret. She skied the 170 cm length and gave it 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness, playfulness, forgiveness, versatility, and overall impression. Those are some high scores! “Zippity do da! This was a fun ride: super easy and playful.” That’s really good feedback from Danielle. Considering the Secret uses quite a bit of metal, it’s nice to know it felt relatively easy to ski.

Katrine Wolfgang was another tester to give it high scores after skiing the 163 cm length. She commented that it has “good edge hold” and that it “transitions from firm snow to soft snow very well.” A lot of our testers kept coming back to just how much fun it is, as Katrine described it as “fun and loves to turn.”

Pascale Savard continued the trend of very positive reactions to the Secret. She gave it 5 out of 5 for every single category, except stability, which still got 4 out of 5. She was testing the 163 cm length, so maybe a longer length would’ve garnered a 5 for stability, although 163 cm is about right for Pascale. We wouldn’t be surprised if we see Pascale on her own pair of Secrets next season, as she commented that “these were my favorite today. Very playful and awesome at everything.”

Annie MacDonald reminded us that ski performance is somewhat subjective. She too gave it very high scores, although for Annie it was playfulness and forgiveness that got the only 4s out of 5, a stark contrast to Pascale. Annie “loved this ski.” She described it as “very versatile. Rips on groomers, but floats through crud. Extremely stable, but lively!” Annie thinks it would be “good for aggressive girls that want to rip!”

Susan Dorn had a really nice set of comments about the Secret, so we thought we would include her entire reaction. “Confidence builder! This ski for advanced to expert women can handle it all. A crud buster without even noticing the crud. Easy turning, good edge control, energetic, stable at speed.” What more can you ask for?

Judging by the reactions of our testers, we expect Secret to be one of the most popular women’s all mountain skis for the 2019 season. Volkl has done an impressive job developing their new construction technique and their attention to detail and commitment to high performance skis is extremely prevalent in the Secret.




Testers

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

Pascale Savard SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Pascale Savard

Age: 51Height: 5'3"Weight: 116 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise and smooth with a top to bottom attitude

Ann MacDonald SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Ann MacDonald

Age: 55Height: 5'1"Weight: 115 lbs.

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power

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Susan Dorn

Age: 60Height: 5'1"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Deliberate, smooth, Masters ski racer

Katrine Wolfgang SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 54Height: 5'5.5"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

Danielle Nichols SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Danielle Nichols

Age: 41Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast fall line ripper

Jenny Lawson SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Jenny Lawson

Age: 50Height: 5'2"Weight: 112 lbs.

Ski Style: Clean and smooth, like flowing water

Josi Kytle SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Josi Kytle

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Super fun and smiley

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  1. I’d like to buy a pair of skis after renting for the last 15+ years, mainly because I spent as much money on renting skis for 3 weeks this season as it would have cost me to buy some used demo skis. I’m 5’1.5″ and 109 lbs, and ski mainly groomers. I used to race NASTAR, & love laying down high speed arcs on the groomers. I also need a ski that will bust through the crud with ease and without chatter, and float in the powder on the rare days that I find it. The last pair of skis I owned were Volkl P30 race skis. When I demo’d skis at Jackson Hole 2-3 years ago, I loved the Volkl Auras but wished I could get all its virtues in a lighter ski. I’ve also demo’d and been satisfied with Black Pearl 88s, Rossi Temptation 88s, and Atomic 95C and its narrower sister, and an Elan ski whose model type and number I’ve forgotten. Are these Volkl Secrets what I need? I’ve been doing most of my skiing in Japan, so I didn’t get to try out the latest top models in 2018 and 2019.

    1. Hi Jackie!
      If you were hoping for a more nimble and agile version of the Aura, the Secret is a fantastic choice. They’re a bit narrower so they carve better, but they still bust through crud and float really well. Also check out the Blizzard Sheeva 9, a bit burlier and more freeride-oriented than the Black Pearl 88. Hope that helps!
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  2. Hello! I am an advanced expert skier, 5′ 1″ who loves to ski the steeps. I ski mostly out in western Canada and love the bowls the steeper the better. I do ski on-piste though when I am with my kids. When I am on-piste I like going fast. Would you recommend the Secret for me? As a one quiver ski? I have been skiing the Atomic Vantage the past few years but they need replacing due to damage incurred in the Spring. I have no idea what to get now with all the changes. Thank you!

    1. Hi Leslie!
      I think the Secret is a great choice. For a mid-90’s underfooted ski, it carves really well on the trail, but still has the width and strength for softer snow and powder conditions. Big upgrade from the Vantage. Also check out the Blizzard Sheeva 9 for a slightly narrower and more playful option. Mid 150’s for sizing, I’d say. Have fun!
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  3. Hi there,
    I’ve been a tele skier for more than 30 years, live in Vermont and bought a pair of Volkl 90-eight skis 2 years ago – I really like them, but they feel too long for me at 170cm. (I’m 5’6 and 136 pounds). I was looking at the Volkl secret as a possible ski to try. I’m 54 and ski aggressively like your tester – would the secrets work well for tele skiing with NTN bindings? How do they compare with the 90-eights? Many thanks!!

    1. Hi Nina!
      In addition to being a bit narrower (92 vs 98 underfoot), the Secret has two sheets of metal while the 90Eight has none. To get its stability, the 90Eight uses the 3D Ridge that runs the central length of the ski. This, as I’m sure you’re aware, leaves the edges and sidewalls pretty thin. This is great for quickness, maneuverability, and forgiveness. The Secret, on the other hand, uses Volkl’s Titanal frame, which is a horseshoe shaped metal frame that circumnavigates the outside of the ski, while leaving the central portion alone. Therefore, it is built quite the opposite of the 90Eight. The results of the titanal frame found in the Secret are precision, edge grip, and stability. When paired with an NTN, you’re going to generate a lot of power to the edges of the skis. I’m not trying to talk you out of the Secret, but rather just pointing out that you’re likely to feel the difference, especially when it comes to edge grip and power–very minimal chatter. I’d recommend that ski in the 163. You could always just get a shorter 90Eight! Hope that helps, let me know what you think!
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  4. Hi! I’m an advanced to expert skier. I’m 5’3 130lbs. I’ve been skiing Kiku’s for several seasons, I love them! But it’s time for a new pair. I ski mostly in the northwest, all mountain. Love powder, trees, and groomers too.

    1. Hi Lyn!
      The Secret is going to be a pretty big change in terms of precision and weight. The Kiku’s are great because of the wood core and full rocker profile. For soft snow, it’s hard to beat that combo. The Secrets are fantastic, but have metal laminates that make them stiffer and more demanding. On the groomers you’ll notice a huge improvement, but in the powder, they’re just not as floaty or fun. Check out the Volkl 90Eight or the Blizzard Sheeva 10 for that maneuverable all-mountain ski that works great in deep snow, but also can hold an edge on the hardpack. Have fun!
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