The 2020 Volkl Revolt 86 returns unchanged except for a graphic update. This popular model is a chameleon of sorts in the ski world, as it’s able to change its personality depending on the pilot’s whims. It could be considered a park and pipe ski that can also handle the whole mountain, or it could be seen as an all-mountain ski that also excels in the park and pipe. Either way you slice it, the Revolt 86 is a fun ski that can change its color really quick. Our testers loved the nimble nature of this sublimely playful ski.
Lauren Lepage skied the 172, and even though it was long for her, she was able to find some fun out there for sure. She calls them “playful and certainly at a good price point. Not terribly fancy, but I had a lot of fun with it.” She would have preferred a shorter size, but still found them to be stable, playful, and forgiving. They’re pretty springy, thanks to the multi-layer wood core and the tough box construction, but certainly not meant for high-speed GS turns on hard pack.
Matt McGinnis also skied the 172, but found it to be on the short side. His top scores of 4 out of 5 were given for versatility, overall impression, quickness, playfulness, and forgiveness. Sounds like Matt knows the target audience as well based on his comments. “I preferred this ski over the Revolt 95 for one specific reason: they’re more adept at meeting the needs of the ski’s target market for intermediate, teenage park skiers, these skis are a solid option. For lighter weight skiers, they offer playfulness, stability and maneuverability, plus they’re super-forgiving which makes for a solid choice for skiers still working their way up to the expert level.” Matt also noted, though, that experts and powerful skiers would most likely over-power the Revolt 86.
Evan Caha loved the quickness and maneuverability of the Revolt 86, scoring the 172 cm test length a 5 out of 5 in those categories. Also noteworthy was his score of 4 out of 5 for stability. Playfulness, not surprisingly, got a 4 as well. For a park ski to get a high stability score is pretty nice. For an all-mountain ski to get a 4 in playfulness is equally as cool. Evan’s review echoes these sentiments. “The Revolt 86 is a standard twin-tip circa 2001. The 172 skied a bit longer than expected. They are quick, on-point skis. Would be a blast in the park. Would be good on resort terrain in between park laps.” Evan is astute to point out that you can’t simply ski park all the time, that there is some terrain in the middle, so even for the most hard core of park skiers, there’s still some regular skiing to be done, and these skis do it just fine.
The quickness and maneuverability of these skis is not to be understated. They’re super-light and fast from edge to edge, so skiers who are looking to gain confidence in moguls, trees, or other tight-turning areas will love the nimble nature of the Revolt 86. As far as chameleon-esque skis are concerned, the 2020 Volkl Revolt 86 are at the top of the game.