Expert Review: 2024 Volkl Revolt 96 Skis [with Video]Published on 11/16/2023 · 5 min readSkiing Expert Hayden Wright tested the 2024 Volkl Revolt 96 skis in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Curated Skiing Expert Hayden Wright got his hands on the 2024 Volkl Revolt 96 this spring. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every skier is different; if you have any questions about the Revolt 96 or need recommendations on which ski would be best for you, reach out to a Skiing Expert here on Curated.
Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of these reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Volkl claim about this ski? Volkl claims that this is your daily driver. It's a freestyle park ski that is not only limited to the park.
What is your overall impression of the ski? The overall impression of the skis is that these things were a ton of fun to ski in and outside of the park. It's very similar to some of the skis that Jake and I personally ski on a daily basis, so we were both really big fans of these. We got to take them through a couple of slushy laps in Central Park here at Woodward Copper. We also got to just cruise around the mountain on them.
Also, the flex is really nice and intuitive with the multilayer wood core of beech and poplar. It's not going to be the most noodly playful ski out there, but it’s by no means stiff like its Kendo or Mantra brothers. Plus, these are going to be really durable - they've got the continual edge wrap around the tip that I’m a big fan of.
How does the shape of the ski affect the way it rides? The Revolt 96 has a 3D radius that means that they combined the front of the foot, underfoot, and behind the foot, so there's three different turning radii. Volkl blends these together to create an easy turning ski. Also, it has my personal favorite shape: rocker - camber - rocker. You get a little bit of that early rise in both the tip and tail, so it’s really fun.
How does the ski turn? You have that 3D turn radius, which just makes it a blast for doing narrow turns in tight trees or bumps. Or, if nobody's on that groomer run, they do great if you just want to let them run wide open.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the skis? I will say you do get a little bit of movement and chatter in the tips mainly at higher speeds. That's kind of what happens when you have a more forgiving ski, especially one that doesn't have any metal in the core.
How is it for freestyle skiing? As far as freestyle goes, these are at home in the park, on jumps, and all that good stuff. They have a low swing weight and with that multilayer wood core, it’s a real fun, real easy skiing, ski for the park.
Could you speak about playfulness and pop? They're just soft enough but if you're a really light and smaller guy or gal you might have some trouble buttering these. You're really going to have to put a lot into it. But being 6’ 175lb, I had no problem pressing and leaning on both the noses and the tails.
Is it good for skiing switch? These are a full twin tip ski with plenty of tail rocker and rocker up here in the tip, so these things are a blast skiing both forward and switch. On jumps, these are going to be great for taking off and landing both forward and switch.
How is it for freeride skiing? These are 96mm underfoot, so this one’s more geared for on trail, chopped up and tracked pow freeride skiing.
How is it in powder? It’s not going to be the best in anything over five six inches of snow.
How is it in uneven terrain and chunder? If it's really hard snow conditions, you're going to experience a little bit of chatter.
What terrain is this ski good for? This is the ultimate ski for laps in the park with the boys, moguls, spring riding, and then ripping some groomer laps. These are really good in and out of the park, good as a spring ski, or as your go-to daily driver if you're wanting a park performing all mountain ski.
What terrain should skiers avoid with it? When I go home to Alaska, I don't know if I'm bringing these. I might look at the Revolt 104s or even the Revolt 114s. They're getting hammered with snow this spring. It's probably going to be the 114 - spoiler alert!
Who would you recommend these skis to? Any guy or gal that you know wants to get into park skiing, but maybe they don't want a park specific ski or something a little bit more narrow. The 96mm underfoot waist width is great for in and outside of the park. Also, are the tips of your skis getting beat up in the park? Well, these look like they're holding up pretty well. Even if you're not a dedicated park skier, but you do enjoy taking a lap or two when the conditions permit, the Volkl Revolt 96s could be for you.
Who should avoid these skis, there are better options out there for them? If you're allergic to bees, obviously avoid these - Dad joke! Alright, if you're wanting a ski that's more of a powder-performing, off trail, all mountain option, maybe bump it up to the wider Revolt skis in the series, like the 104 or the 114.
Beginner skiers - If you're curious to get into the park and you want to ski you can definitely progress with, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to jump on this. But, this is mainly for intermediate to advanced skiers looking for a park ski and just a well-rounded ski for cruising around your mountain.
Skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you are wondering whether the Revolt 96 is the right ski for you, chat with Hayden or any other Skiing Experts here on Curated, and they’ll put together free, personalized ski recommendations on the best skis for your needs.