Powder enthusiasts will love the fully-rockered profile of the 2020 Volkl 100Eight W. Unchanged for 2020 (thank goodness), the 100Eight W is a strong ski that is capable of holding multiple characteristics in its hand at the same time. For such a wide and rockered ski, the things carve really well. While not a groomer ski by any means, they are stable, damp, and hold a great edge, most likely thanks to Volkl’s strong racing heritage. The 3D Ridge and 3D Glass build make the skis super-stable in all snow conditions and terrain. Our testers love how well the 100Eight W performs pretty much all over the mountain.
Skiing the 157, Ali Berlin felt like she could have skied the longer length, but nevertheless was quite comfortable. She scored the skis a 5 out of 5 for flotation and a 4 out of 5 for overall impression, stability, and playfulness. No doubt, these scores are reflective of the skis’s build and shape. A 3 out of 5 for quickness is unsurprising given the waist width of the skis. “Surfs up!” she says. “I felt like I was coasting down the hill. Very easy ski to turn even though it was wide. Super-light, but did maintain a good grip in the turn. A fun ski on a soft front-side day or off-piste.” Lovely description from Ali here, and hits on some good notes.
Kristi Brown ripped a few runs on the 170 and found that was a proper length for her. Her top mark of 5 out of 5 for flotation could have been anyone’s guess, but she continues with all 4’s for the rest of the categories including overall impression. She loved the stability and the versatility as well, which are two great characteristics to have in a wider ski like the 100Eight. She calls it a “good go-west girl ski and great for east coast pow.” She also remarks on the fact that they are full of “float, light-weight, and fun!” I think it’s safe to say that Kristi is a fan of the 100Eight W.
Catherine Ferguson spun a couple of laps on the 165 and loved the sizing. She scored it 4’s out of 5 for torsional stiffness and stability—two qualities that aren’t normally attributed to wider skis. It’s always interesting to hear when testers find something about skis that aren’t expected, and most skiers are pleasantly surprised. Catherine calls it “a great ski for powder or softer snow. Very stiff and edgeable. Made clean turns and did not feel that playful on the groomers.” She “would recommend it to someone who enjoys cranking turns!” Volkl has been making skis that love to crank turns for quite some time now, so it’s nice to hear that they haven’t fallen off in that regard.
From powder skiers in the west to eastern storm chasers, the 2020 Volkl 100Eight W is a super-solid performer. The fully-rockered profile is ideal for fresh snow, and you’ll feel like you’re surfing and floating through any depth of snow. They carve super-clean turns in everything from soft groomers to corned-up chop, and skiers looking for that wider, more versatile ski will love the 100Eight W.