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Völkl Rise Beyond 96
Ski Lengths: 156 cm, 163 cm, 170 cm, 177 cm, 184 cm
Turn Radius: 17 m @ 177 cm
Buy Now — $825.00
To create a lightweight touring ski with a lively and playful flex profile, Völkl went back to skiing’s roots and ditched the fancy carbon and next-gen foams. Instead, the Tourlite Hybrid wood core in the Rise Beyond 96 relies on a combination of beech and poplar stringers to stiffen the lightweight paulownia core. The end result is a remarkably lightweight ski that is a reliable partner on long ascents. The 3D Radius Sidecut allows for easy variation of turn shape whether you are picking your way through a tight chute or opening it up down a powdery bowl. It also features Völkl’s new Smart Skinclip system, which allows you to pull the skin off from either the tip or the tail, depending on your preference.
FREESKIER tester thoughts:
“Hard-charging, race-inspired backcountry ski. The Rise Beyond 96 is great for skiing Mach 10 on firm snow. Lay ‘em over and enjoy the harvest.”