2016/2017 Völkl FLAIR 81 ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its women’s Frontside Category.

A new series for Völkl, the Flairs consist of six skis that range in waist widths between 72 and 81 mm, the Flair 81, at 81-mm underfoot, being the widest. Testers awarded it top marks in carving, lower in versatility and stability. “This carving machine likes its turns tight and quick,” says Rodman. “It takes work to make big turns at speed.” The Flair 81 has Völkl’s 3D Ridge construction, which includes a raised “ridge” down the center of the ski and a thinner profile around the edges designed to enhance agility and reduce weight. Other details include a core of lightweight wood reinforced with carbon, plus tip and tail rocker. “It’s a technical ski that can shift gears easily in terms of turn shape and speed control,” says Johnson.

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