2022 Volkl Secret 96

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lengths: 149, 156, 163, 170, 177 cm
radius: 24/14/20 m at 163 cm
sidecut: 135/96/119 mm at 163 cm
price: $ 489.99

The Volkl Secret 96 is a new ski for 2021/22 and takes the place of the previous Secret 92. Volkl took the success of the previous ski and tweaked it into this new width and new construction. The most notable changes to the Secret 96 are Volkl’s new Tailored Titanal Frame and Tailored Carbon Tip technologies. Each length of the ski has a different amount of metal to achieve the correct performance for that length, or tailoring each length for the type of skier who would be choosing it. As there’s less metal in the tip, Volkl has counteracted any loss in torsional stiffness with their new Tailor Carbon Tips. A specifically engineered grid of carbon fiber provides precision and responsiveness when entering a turn, at a much lighter weight than metal. We also get Volkl’s 3D.Radius sidecut and low rise tip and tail rocker. When you add it all up the result is a powerful, responsive all mountain ski that will satisfy advanced and expert level skiers.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Tailored Titanal Frame
Tailored Carbon Tips
All Mountain, Groomers, Powder

Nifer Hoehn tested the 170 cm length in the Secret 96 and was thrilled with its performance. 5 out of 5 scores from Nifer for stability, quickness/maneuverability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression. We always take note when we see high scores for both stability and maneuverability as those are two traits that are difficult to achieve in a single ski. “Awesome option for a single ski owner. These are fast and furious, light and zippy, curious and courageous. I had a ton of fun all over on these and was able to make whatever turns I wanted due to the 3D radius sidecut - I'm a big fan, and I hadn't heard of it before today. Loved how versatile the ski was, and how versatile I was able to be on it. I was comfortable being in almost any position on the ski, and it bites really nicely when you pressure the boot.” Louise Lintilhac opted for the 163 cm length. Both Nifer and Louise thought the lengths they skied were just right for their size and ability. Louise awarded the Secret 96 the highest possible honor, full 5 out of 5 scores for all our criteria. “The Secret 93 is one hard-charging giggle-inducing ski. Moves between fast and slow speeds easily and loves short turns, long turns and everything in between. This ski loved crushing corn at Lightning speed and held on no problem. Super stable but still playful and poppy. 10/10 would recommend.”

Ann MacDonald has been a staple in our ski test since our very first year. She’s a ripping skier and we love getting her feedback on skis like the Secret 96. “This is a dynamic ski for any hard charging girl! It likes speed...lots of pop out of a turn when you are stomping on it! It is also good at shorter radius slower turns making it pretty versatile. Handled well through the corn/crud so I’m sure it’s fun on a sleeper powder day. Might want more width for big pow days but not sure? Great on groomers because it can hold an edge like no tomorrow! Wouldn’t put a beginner/ intermediate on this ski but for an aggressive girl it would handle most terrain making it a good one quiver ski! The mermaid color is a plus too!” Ann skied the 170 cm length and we saw more high scores from her. In fact, the Secret 96 got some of the most consistent scoring of any ski in our test. 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, versatility, and overall impression from Ann, with all other criteria receiving a solid 4 out of 5. Alli Ruschp went for the 163 cm length, which is consistent with what she typically chooses from Volkl. “Small improvements for the already amazing secret. A little light, a little more forgiving, meaning its more approachable for a wider range of skiers. 3D radius easy to initiate the turn and get from edge to edge, while still holding an edge when you want to make those long arcing turns. Also love the new top sheet! Over impressed with this new version of great classic ski. “

The Secret 96 is a fantastic new all-mountain ski for women. Our testers loved the new width and construction. It builds on what was already a successful model in the Secret 92, and just makes it that much better. Advanced and expert level women who like to explore the whole mountain on a ski with plenty of power, precision, and responsiveness will love the Secret 96. Some intermediate skiers may find it a little stiff, but we think an athletic intermediate would do just fine on the Secret 96.