The 2020 Volkl Revolt 95 is back for another year of fun in the park, pipe, and entire mountain. These skis are supremely versatile, and will suit a wide variety of skiers in diverse applications. From steeps and bumps to powder and park, the Revolt 95 is built to withstand a bunch of use (not abuse) from a huge range of backgrounds and ability levels. From aging freestylers to young bucks, the Revolt 95 is a surprisingly agile and stable ski given its intended park use. Our testers span that range, and they were all excited about the all-mountain capabilities of these versatile sticks.
In the aging freestyler category, Jeff Neagle is a huge fan of the 181 cm length. He scored it 5’s out of 5 for playfulness and forgiveness, and high scores were also given in quickness, maneuverability, versatility, and overall impression. This is not surprising coming from Jeff who is a current coach and competitor in the freestyle circuit. “Yeah! My kind of ski for sure. As an aging park skier, I want something that still feels good in the park but is fun around the whole mountain. The Revolt 95 is pretty much ideal.” Our test skis come in the center mount position, and Jeff had some good thoughts about that. “Mount point is true center, which I like, but you should move that back a little if you’re not going to ski switch. Being centered makes them a little more challenging in moguls, trees, and other tight-turning situations.” Good info!
Connor Gorham had similar experiences with the 181 cm Revolt 95. He loved the playfulness and noted that they had excellent flotation (in the air, lol). In terms of the mount, Connor said it felt a “little restricting maneuvering through snow piles, but it handles the park well as it had good spin and held well fakie. I didn’t open them up as fast as I like with a little too much drift underfoot.” One skier’s drift is another’s playfulness, so it’s interesting to hear Connor describe the Revolt 95 this way.
Annie MacDonald is one of the more technically proficient skiers of the test, so it’s interesting to hear her take on the playful and forgiving 173 cm Revolt 95. Not only did she score all 5’s including overall impression, she also put a star with an exclamation point under the category. Sounds like Ann was impressed! “Super-fun! Playful but stable. Slalom and GS turns were no problem. Very versatile ski for a variety of skiers—good all-mountain but jump in the park, woods, or bumps. They had enough tip for deep powder, so I’m guessing they’ll be fine.” Great to hear that a high-level skier like Ann finds the Revolt 95 to be so much more than just a park ski.
Matt McGinnis also skied the 181 and found it to be the correct size. His low expectations were not only met, but exceeded. “To my surprise, I found these skis to be very capable and more trustworthy than I expected. They kept up with me and remained stable, and capable of changing direction and speed with ease.” It’s a good thing when skis make changes easily, and it speaks to the playful and forgiving nature of the Revolt 95.
The fact that our testers found the Revolt 95 to be an exceptional all-mountain ski that also excels in playful scenarios speaks to the versatility of the skis. It’s a super-fun ski that can handle a lot of different applications, from park and pipe to steeps and bumps, this ski is a lot more than it lets on.