2022 Volkl Blaze 86 Skis w/ Marker 10.0 TP Bindings

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Volkl Blaze 86 Skis with Bindings

The Volkl Blaze 86 skis and bindings are an amazing setup for intermediate and advanced skiers who are looking for a light, versatile ski and binding combo to manage the whole mountain. These things are very light and quick, but don't let that lightness fool you-they're still incredibly stable and damp, as Volkl has done a great job adding their hybrid multi-layer wood core to the mix. By varying up the density and weight of the wood stringers in the ski, the Blaze 86 has a strong mix of light weight and high performance. Very quick from edge to edge, but still floaty due to the rocker and taper, the Blaze 86 makes a great all-mountain ski, and when we add bindings to the mix for you, you're going to get the best of all worlds in terms of performance, value, and versatility. Volkl also uses their 3D Radius sidecut to go along with their full sidewalls in this ski, making it very adept at making any turn shape at any time. They use a 15-meter arc underfoot through the middle of the ski, so if you pressure the ski right underfoot, you'll feel that slalom-style turn start to come around, but if you lay on the forebody or the tail of the ski, it'll carve a longer turn for you and won't even ask why. They're very intuitive skis that make a ton of different turn shapes and styles, and you'll love every second of your experience on the Volkl Blaze 86 skis with bindings.


  • Sidecut: 129/86/111 mm
  • Turn Radius: 15 meters at 173 cm length
  • Hybrid Multi-Layer Wood Core
  • Suspension Tips and Tails
  • 3D Radius Sidecut
  • Full Sidewall
  • Tip and Tail Rocker
  • Ability Level: Intermediate and Advanced Skiers

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Preferred Terrain
 All-Mountain •  Groomers •  Touring 


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2022 Volkl Blaze 86 Skis w/ Marker 10.0 TP Bindings

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Hello SE,
I have been reading up on so many ski options. I currently ride beginner Dynastars that are 15 yrs old. The blaze really caught my eye as an intermediate level skier. I ski in Central NY on what are supposed to be groomed trails but they can get icy and really beat up. Friends have directed my towards Volkl all-mountain skis for this type of terrain. At my size 6ft 280lbs a friend who is knowledgeable recommended the Kendo88. I can help but wonder if the Kanjo84 or Blaze86 would be more my speed. I am looking for more stability through crud and at speed but i am by no means a really fast skier. Thanks for your time.
Question by: Kevin S on Jan 5, 2022, 3:59 PM
Hi Kevin,

Both are great choices but I would lean toward the Kanjo. The Kendo is for advanced skiers and is a stiff ski. The Blaze would be too soft for you based on your weight. The Kango would have just right amount of flex and stiffness and is very approachable, but still has that Volkl world class edge grip on hard snow when the conditions get firm. A great all-mountain ski that is very versatile in all types of conditions and terrain. Any turn shape at any speed on this ski as well.

Go for the 182cm length.

Haver Fun!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 6, 2022, 9:58 AM
I am a pretty good skier at 6ft 180 lbs and want something that is good all around performance as I am on the east coast but will sometimes head west to ski. Would these be a good choice? If you have any other recommendations that might be a better option for me it would be greatly appreciated.
Question by: Ty Erickson on Jan 12, 2022, 1:54 PM
Hi Ty,

You have done your research well.

The Volkl Blaze 86 is a SE tester favorite. Very approachable and versatile for a wide variety of skier ability levels. The 86 can make a lot of turn shapes at a variety of speeds in a variety of conditions. An intermediate can really enjoy it, as well as an expert. Its a great one ski east coast quiver.

Enjoy and have fun!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 12, 2022, 2:57 PM
I'm sold on Volkl's but I'm still uncertain which ski is best for me Blaze, Kanjo or Kendo. I'm an advanced-Intermediate skier, 63 years old, 5'8" tall weighing in at 215. I like to ski Chin Clip, Gondolier, Nosedive, and the like. I don't do moguls or trees. I want the few days I ski each year (on nice days) to be fun and rewarding. My favorite skis have been Dynamic VR17s and VR35s. They were fun and fast all mountain skis. So knowing all that which ski/size do you recommend for me. Thanks.
Question by: Scott on Jan 17, 2022, 2:08 PM
Hi Scott,

Based on your stats, skiing preferences and ability level, I would go Kendo. The Blaze would be too soft for your weight and the Kanjo would not offer the power and precision you would need to ski Stowe on a regular basis with all of the firm conditions we encounter. The beauty of the Kendo is that it offers excellent edge grip and power, but is accessible enough for a wide range of skiers, turn shapes and speeds. It also a surprisingly good floater in 2-4" " of powder or soft snow which Stowe tends to get when Mother Nature cooperates. Go with the 170 cm length.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 17, 2022, 3:41 PM
I got to try a pair of Kanjos after your recommendation. The length was 176 so I can’t tell if the 182 recommended would make enough difference. Maybe I undersold my ability as the Kanjos were fun but they still felt soft. That leads me back to the Kendo’s. Should I go for the 177 or the 184. I’m an athletic 6ft 280. Thanks again. Your help is appreciated.
Question by: Kevin S on Jan 9, 2022, 2:34 PM
Hi Kevin,

The Kendos are certainly a much stiffer ski than the Kanjo. At your height and weight, go for the 180cm length.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 10, 2022, 1:01 PM
I am 6' 155 and currently ski on Volkl Supersport 4 stars at 168cm that are at least 17 years old. Looking for Volkl Blaze 94 since I don't want too narrow of a waist, but the 86 intrigued me. With R - 15, will the Blaze 86 be comfortable with longer carving turns? I am looking to get better in moguls, so maybe the shorter R would help? I am an intermediate to advanced skier and mostly ski in the west and upper mid-west.
Question by: Bill B on Jan 16, 2022, 11:55 PM
HI Bill B!
It's a great all-around ski, and a lot of the Volkl sales reps even ski on it as their personal choice because it's so much fun. I have seen it operate at pretty darn high speeds and in longer turns while remaining light and maneuverable enough for bumps and trees. I would go with the 173 in that ski for your stats and application. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Jan 17, 2022, 11:29 AM
Hi. Love the ski tests and comments. So many options. Looking to buy my first pair of skis. Been skiing for 2 years in Wisconsin and Lutsen MN blues and some blacks. 46 years old, 5’10”, 190 pounds. Had the chance to test Kendo 88s and loved them but don’t like the price. Some of the skis I’m considering are Salomon Blaze 86, Salomon Stance 80 or Stance 84, Salomon S Force FX 80, Rossignol Black Ops Smasher (didn’t like a trial of the Experience 84s but have heard good things about Rossignol), Head Monster 88 X, Atomic Maverick 83 or Vantage 79 C. What should I be thinking about for bindings? Skis I’m looking at have V Motion 10 vs M11 vs M12 vs Warden 13 MNC. Would love any insight you can provide to help. Thank you!!!
Question by: Phil on Jan 23, 2022, 3:01 PM
Hi Phil,

If you liked the Kendos you would want another ski that is roughly 88 underfoot with metal in its core like that of the Kendo which provides dampness, stability and edge grip . Check out the Atomic 88 Maverick Ti, or the Blizzard Brahma 88. Same all-mountain versatility class as the Kendo, with similar performance characteristics. Bindings are easy, any Salomon Warden 11 or Marker Squire 11 would be a nice fit on any ski.

Hope this helps.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 25, 2022, 2:27 PM
Hi Kevin, I'm 5'7", 151 lbs, 50 years old, and an intermediate-advanced skier. I've skied for years in the Minnesota cold, with both powder and snow, and I also ski in CO and UT powder. Would the Blaze 86 do the trick? Is there any difference between the red and the black (which is what the package with boots and poles lists), or is the color difference just cosmetic?
Question by: John Martin on Jan 23, 2022, 8:21 PM
Hi John,

I'm not Kevin but more than happy to answer your question.

The Blaze 86 is a great all-mountain and very versatile ski. At 86mm underfoot, its not a great floater in powder but is competent in 3-6". If you want more soft snow capability, look to the the Volkl Blaze 94. Same construction just a wider waist which will give you better float in powder and soft snow but still gives you that world class Volkl grip on the hard snow.

The Blaze 84 black is women's version. Red is a men's or Unisex.


Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 25, 2022, 2:58 PM
I am a 6'0 200 lbs skier. I learned in the East Coast and 80% of my skiing is done in VT/NY and 20% in the West. Here in the East Coast I ski on a Rossi Experience 76 Ci and they are very cool skis for the hard surface. But once a year when I go to the powder I suffer a lot.

I am usually skiing in black diamonds groomers, but want to experience some of the back bowls in Vail this season. Would the Blaze 86 do the trick?

Thanks, Ricardo
Question by: Ricardo Gennnari on Feb 7, 2022, 1:47 PM
HI Ricardo!
We're continually impressed with the Blaze skis, and the 86 is no different. Great versatility, light weight, and a higher-than-expected performance ceiling. It's a great setup at an awesome price.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 14, 2022, 12:54 PM

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