The Curated Take
Volkl built the Blaze series to be a more playful and more approachable lineup than its very popular all-mountain set of skis, i.e. the Mantra and Kendo. While those skis sport a Tailored Titanal Frame that makes them quite burly on groomers and firm snow, the Blaze has a simple wood core and only a Titanal binding reinforcement plate underfoot. As such, the Blaze has a much softer and more forgiving flex and a more playful attitude. Volkl also markets the Blaze as a hybrid capable ski, meaning it is light enough to do double duty as a touring option too. On groomed runs, the Blaze certainly did not have the Mantra's magnetic edge grip, but they held firmly at most speeds. I did, however, feel some chatter in the tip at higher speeds. I did like how the Blaze performed off-piste, though, where its softer flex offered a more dynamic ride. Whereas the Mantras and Kendos felt punishing and unforgiving in moguls and more variable snow, the Blaze was poppier and more lively, as well as much more friendly to my knees. The Blaze is a nice option for skiers looking to get into touring but don't want to buy two pairs of skis; they are sturdy enough for resort skiing, but still light enough to go uphill.
- The Volkl Blaze is best suited as a hybrid ski for a skier looking for a ski capable of both resort skiing and touring.
- The Blaze is a much softer and more playful ski than its Volkl all-mountain siblings, such as the Mantra.
- The Blaze is relatively light for an all-mountain ski, making it more nimble and lighter on the legs.
- The Blaze is not as confident on firm snow as other stiffer, heavier all-mountain skis.
- The Blaze can carve up to medium speeds, but at higher speeds the tip is prone to chatter.
The Völkl Blaze 94 Skis are the perfect choice for freeriders who want to ride free without any restrictions but with full control of a sporty all-mountain design. The Blaze series adds yet another dimension to the idea for intuitive freeriders who appreciate a playful ride coupled with agile and sporty maneuverability. With its lightweight design, this ski offers outstanding performance in almost any condition.
- Titanal binding platform: A 0.3 mm thick Titanal binding platform provides direct power transfer and a fast pressure build-up from one edge to another, resulting in faster and more direct reactions in narrow and rough terrain.
- Suspension tip: The elasticated, rubbery material on the tip and tail acts like a bumper in wind-blown or tracked conditions, improving resistance to disruption and providing fantastic flotation.
- Hybrid multilayer wood core: The three different radii together with the tip-to-tail hybrid multilayer wood core adapt to any riding style how ever ambitious.
- Lightweight design: Weighing only 1,546 g (@ 179 cm), these skis are also used as freeride touring skis.