2020 Volkl Secret 92

Returning for 2020, the Secret 92 brings a wealth of experience and power to the table. With the Titanal Frame construction, the skis have a ton of precise energy, especially over the edges. As opposed to the Aura of years past, the Secret 92 is narrower and more accessible. Additionally, the tip and tail rocker make it a more confidence-inspiring ski for more skiers. While not the powder hound the Aura used to be, the Secret is more than capable of floating through the fresh and busting through the crud. It now sits in the middle of Volkl’s Titanal Frame line, in between the Secret 102 and the Kenja 88. Our testers made special note of how much this ski rips, and we love hearing all about it!

Kristi Brown makes special note of how big the sweet spot is on the Secret 92. She skied the 170 and found it to be the appropriate size. All of her scores were in the 4+ range out of 5, with stability and torsional stiffness scoring true 5’s. “The Secret 92 is an awesome front-side pleaser. They love big groomer high-speed turns. They have the traditional Volkl confident feel with the ski hugging the snow and a big sweet spot.” Great info from Kristi, here, especially in terms of the skis being a fantastic carving ski and possessing a high-speed limit.

Ariel Aidala skied the 163 and thought it was the appropriate size. She scored the skis 5’s out of 5 for stability, quickness, and torsional stiffness. We think this Titanal Frame build might be worth something after all! Her low score of 3 out of 5 for flotation is interesting to note, especially for skiers looking for a soft snow ski. We must keep in mind that the Secret 92 is just that, a 92 mm waisted ski, so if you’re looking for pure powder performance, there are certainly better options out there. She calls it “sturdy, resilient. It’s a high-performance, elite advanced women’s ski that rips. The ski is stiff, but once you make them work for you, they’re awesome.” Nice of Ariel to point out that experts and properly-balanced skiers will glean the best performance out of the Secret 92.

Also skiing the 163, Jana Ross made fast friends with the Secret 92. “This was an easy to enjoy ski. Long turns, quick turns, coming down the mountain all with a smile on my face. All-mountain joy!” Jana’s scores of all 5’s echo her quotes to be sure.

Annie MacDonald ripped a few runs on the 170 and found it to be just about right. She was all 5’s across the board with the exception of a 4 for flotation. Again, for a 92 mm underfoot ski, it’s not meant to float like a wider ski, although we get the sense that many skiers get that impression. Ann calls it a “great one-ski quiver. Quick turning but stable at speed and bigger GS turns. Can hold its own in crust, crud, and powder. Great for aggressive women, but also for women trying to up their game!” Great analysis, Annie, and a strong argument for the Secret 92 as a sublimely versatile tool.

Danielle Nichols loved the 170, scoring it top marks for stability and edge hold. Her low score of 2 out of 5 for forgiveness implies that she found it to be quite stiff. “These are great freight train-like skis. Very solid underfoot. You can really push against the ski and direct it wherever you want adjusting radius as you want.” Great feedback there from Danielle as to the strength and power of the Secret 92.

The overall impression of the Secret is the same as it was last year. These things are fun, stiff, stable, and versatile. They’re capable of holding many different characteristics at the same time, which is a hallmark virtue of a true all-mountain ski.

Testers

Carly Monahan

Age: 33Height: 5'4"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Athletic and active, but laid back

Mar Kuhnel

Age: 37Height: 5'9"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and strong with a focus on proper technique

Danielle Nichols

Age: 42Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast fall line ripper

Annie MacDonald

Age: 56Height: 5'7"Weight: 118 lbs.

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power

Jana Ross

Age: 42Height: 5'8"Weight: 142 lbs.

Ski Style: Silky-smooth and deliberate with styles for miles

Ariel Aidala

Age: 27Height: 5'3"Weight: 124 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous and fun with a fall-line mentality

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 133 lbs.

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

Lauren Lepage

Age: 28Height: 5'5"Weight: 145 lbs.

Ski Style: Half snowboarder, half skier, all fun!

8 Comments on the “2020 Volkl Secret 92”

  1. I really like the secret 92 ski based on reviews, 163cm is perfect for me. I have an old 163 Kendo (2012), which was a bit heavy. Trying to be better on moguls and bumps now, but also

    Only problem, I am male :(. Can I still ski the secret 92? Honestly, what makes women ski different?

    1. Hi JSG!
      The titanal frame build in the new Volkl line makes a big difference in terms of weight and how they feel. The 2020 Kendo comes in a 163, for what it’s worth. In terms of male/female skis, a company like Volkl simply makes the same ski with two different graphics–no construction difference whatsoever, so if you’re looking for the Secret 92 in a 163, it’s the same build as the Kendo/Mantra. Other companies make totally different men’s and women’s skis with varying success. K2, for example, moves the center of mass of the ski further forward because a woman’s center of mass is generally lower than that of a man’s. Nordica uses lighter wood in their Women’s Santa Ana line while some other companies simply offer the same ski but in shorter lengths. If you have any specific ski questions, please let us know, but as far as the Volkl’s are concerned, same ski, different graphics, lengths, and widths. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Hello! I am (finally!) looking to replace my 2007 Dynastar Legend 8000’s, which have served me very well through the years. I am an advanced/expert skier and I love to carve at high speeds/on the steeps, but also want a ski that is agile enough to keep up with my two young boys who love to dive into the trees. The Legend 8000’s have essentially been able to do this, however, during a recent trip out west they were WAY too narrow to be much use in the powder. 80% of my skiing each year is in the midwest and 20% out west, so I don’t want a super-wide waisted powder ski, however, I do want something that can carve like my Legends but also hold their own when I am lucky enough to have 6-8 inches of fresh out west. The Volkl Secret 92 looks like it may fit the bill…what do you think? Any others I should consider?

    1. Hi Jenn! Welcome!
      Sounds like you’re right on the money with the Secret! I’d add the Nordica Santa Ana 93 for comparison, but it’s highly likely you’ll love the Volkl. Both are impressive carvers for their width with wide enough shapes to handle fresh snow. 8 inches is likely the top end for skis of this width, but how often does that happen? Have fun!
      SE

  3. Hey there
    Loving your reviews! For the past few years I’ve been on beginners slopes with my kids, but now we’re at the point where they can cover the mountain and to celebrate this, I want to treat myself to my first new pair of skis in years. But, I don’t know where to begin.

    Last season I demoed a pair of Volkl Deacons (think they were 84s). I loved them. They were so responsive, stable yet fun and fast. I was going to just buy them but having read lots of your reviews I’m now wondering if I should buy a women’s pair instead. I’m early 40s, female, 167cm and 55kg. I’m an advanced/expert ex-ski instructor. I ski aggressively, and love to cover the whole mountain – both on and off piste. Based in New Zealand.

    Would really appreciate some advice. The reviews for the “2020 VOLKL SECRET 92” make it sound like a lot of fun.
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Mel!
      Most companies, like Volkl, don’t differ their men’s and women’s skis except for available sizes. If you’re able to ski an available size in the Deacon 84, that’s a great choice for sure! Next year they’ll likely move the women’s Flair line into that same build as the Deacon, and at that point, they’re likely to be the same ski, just a different graphic and size options.
      As far as the Secret is concerned, they’re certainly an amazing choice for advanced and expert skiers, and now that you’re skiing all-mountain conditions and terrain, that’s going to present itself as a sweet option. Splitting the difference, also check out the Volkl Kenja 88–same build as the Secret, just a bit narrower and has 3D Turn Radius which is a nice little upgrade allowing you to make a wider variety of turns. The 88 is a bit quicker and stronger in the carve, just a bit less apt to handle crud, powder, and softer snow like the Secret 92. Hope that helps!
      SE

  4. Hello,

    I finally ready to buy my first pair of skis. I’m a cautious but progressing intermediate who just needs more confidence. I just enjoy playing in the resort, venturing off the sides of the piste when there is some fresh snow. I want something that I can ride gently if I’m feeling lazy, will help my confidence in the afternoons when the piste is all cruddy and choppy, and will help me progress with my technique.

    From the reviews this ski sounds like it could take me far, my only concern is that it is more suited to a more advanced skier – though some reviews say it can suit all levels – but I certainly don’t want something that is going to hold back my confidence or progression. I need to build my confidence in all conditions.

    I’d be grateful for your thoughts.

    Thanks in advance!

    D

    1. Hi Delia!
      I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the Secret 92 for a cautious intermediate–certainly more of an expert ski. It’s on the stiff and heavy side for your application, I believe. The Secret does not reward gentle or lazy skiing. Check out the 2021 Volkl Blaze 94 W, Blizzard Sheeva 9, and Salomon QST Lux 92 for more easy going skis that still have a higher performance ceiling. Hope that helps!
      SE

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