2017-2018 Volkl V-Werks BMT 122

Paul Forward reviews the Volkl V-Werks BMT 122 for Blister Gear Review.

Volkl V-Werks BMT 122

Ski: 2017-2018 Volkl BMT 122, 186 cm

Available Lengths: 176 & 186 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 186.5 cm

Stated Weight per Ski (176 cm): 1840 g

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (186 cm): 1922 and 1958 grams

Stated Dimensions: 143-122-133 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 143-122-133 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius: 28.2 meters

Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 65 and 29 mm

Traditional Camber Underfoot: 0 (full rocker)

Core: “Multi Layer Woodcore”

Base: P-Tex 4500

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -10.0 cm from center; 83.0 cm from tail

Blister’s Recommended Mount Point: 83.0 cm from tail

Bindings: Marker Kingpin Demo 10

Boots: Tecnica Zero G Pro Guide, Salomon MTN Lab, Dynafit TLT 7, Salomon X-Alp Lab

Days Skied: 20

Test Locations: Alyeska Resort & Turnagain Pass, AK; Sun Valley, Idaho

[Note: Our review was conducted on the 16/17 Volkl BMT 122, which comes back unchanged for 17/18, except for the graphics.]

Intro

After spending time on the very good Volkl BMT 109, I was excited to check out the BMT 122, which features a waist width that’s more typical of mid-winter touring skis for me in Alaska. We covered the BMT 122 in the 16/17 Winter Buyer’s Guide, but this is our long-term update.

Volkl says about the BMT 122, “With a full carbon fiber construction and lightweight multi- layer wood core, the BMT 122 features a full rocker design and early-taper sidecut, for the ultimate powder performance after a self-powered ascent. Also available are pre-cut, glue-free Vacuum technology climbing skins. New for 16/17, the BMT features the added advantage of the ICE.OFF topsheet, designed to keep snow and ice from adhering to the topsheet to keep the lightest possible setup.”

After almost a full year of using the BMT 122 as a dedicated touring ski in Alaska and while traveling, I have come away quite impressed.

Construction

This is the third ski that we’ve reviewed with Volkl’s V-Werks Carbon construction, and we have discussed the construction at length. The skis have an unusual look due to the “3D.Ridge Carbon Construction,” but the other skis with this construction that we’ve reviewed (the BMT 109 and the V-Werks Katana) have provided a smoother ride than expected despite the relatively light weight.

Paul Forward reviews the Volkl V-Werks BMT 122 for Blister Gear Review.

Paul Forward on the Volkl V-Werks BMT 122.

Despite how thin the skis are at the edges, we have not experienced any durability issues with these skis, but we still wouldn’t recommend them as a daily inbounds driver in an area with a lot of exposed rocks.

Flex

Like the BMT 109, the Volkl BMT 122 has a very uniform flex, and I would describe the ski’s flex as an “8” throughout. They are among the stiffest powder touring skis I’ve used recently, being significantly stiffer than the Moment Exit World, Salomon QST 118, or Salomon MTN Lab. The flex reminds me of some of the DPS Pure Carbon skis I’ve used over the years.

Mount Point

I started with the Marker Kingpin 10 demo binding on Volkl’s recommended line of -10 cm, I and never felt the need to adjust them fore or aft. The ski felt well balanced at this mount point regardless of the snow conditions.

Binding Options

Like the other V-Werks skis we’ve reviewed, the BMT 122 comes with a topsheet graphic stating that it is to be mounted “only with Marker bindings.” This is due to an “H-shaped” reinforced mounting plate specifically designed to work with the Marker hole pattern. While you can find reports of people mounting with other bindings, talk to your local ski shop first if you’re considering trying to mount other bindings.

To me, this is one of the greatest limitations of the BMT line. While the Kingpin is a great AT binding, many skiers may find them to be more binding than they need, and might wish for a lighter setup. While it may be possible with a clever ski tech, I wish they had a more universal mounting plate for bindings of all types.

Touring — “Ice-Off topsheets & skins”

The BMT 122 is light and well balanced on the skin track. The mount point allows for very easy kick turns, even in steep, firm snow.

Volkl touts their “Ice-Off” topsheet as a solution to snow accumulation (and the added weight accumulation) on the way up. Somewhat paradoxically, I’ve noticed several times on cold, sunny days that the black graphics on these skis collect and hold significantly more snow than the white parts, so I can’t say that I’ve noticed any difference in overall icing from other skis I’ve used, or from my friend’s skis and splitboards.

NEXT: Powder, Chop, Crud, Etc.

9 Comments

  1. Blister Member
    Mike April 2, 2017 Reply

    As always, great review. Did you use their glueless skins while touring?

    Also, just a heads up that the “Salomon MTN Lab” hyperlink goes to the MTN lab boot, whereas from the context it seems like you were referring to the MTN lab ski. Will Blister be putting out a full review of that ski at some point?

    • Author
      Paul Forward November 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi Mike, We have discussed their clueless skins in the buyers guide a few times. Overall, mixed feeling but I would not recommend them for general use. I’m not sure about a forthcoming review on the MTN Lab ski but will try to make that happen.

  2. Hamish July 23, 2017 Reply

    Have long lusted after these and they are on sale now. Any thoughts on how they would work as replacements for my G3 Empire carbon 127? Main concern would be step down in length from 193 to 186. I’m 210 / 6’3″ so 186 feels like barely enough for a ski that will definitely be called on to charge as well as tuck thru tight trees.

    • Author
      Paul Forward November 26, 2017 Reply

      I haven’t skied the empire series so can’t provide a direct comparison. You’re a bigger guy than I am and I’m glad that the 186cm 122 isn’t any shorter. They may feel small for you.

  3. Trevor November 15, 2017 Reply

    Hey Guys,

    Great review as always!

    I’ve been looking at getting these as my dedicated touring set up on British Columbia.
    I’ve got the line on a set of these in 186 length. However, I’m a little worried 186 might be a bit long for me. I’m 5’11” 205lbs and an intermediate skier. Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    Trev

    • Author
      Paul Forward November 26, 2017 Reply

      Hey Trevor, I think these would suit you quite well. The 186cm 122 doesn’t feel like a big ski, especially in powder. At your size I think you’d be pretty happy. If you’re used to a much shorter ski the 186 might feel a little long I tight spots but the full rocker makes them pretty pivotable. Depending on your experience with powder skis they might also feel a little unruly in firm or cut up snow compared to a shorter, narrower ski but overall I think they’d be a great choice for what you’re describing. let us know how it goes!

  4. Patrick Larkin December 8, 2017 Reply

    Hey man,
    Marker specific binding mount seems to rule out NTN mounting. Any beta on similar ski for tele charging in the backcountry?

    Thanks,
    Patrick
    Taos

  5. Blister Member
    Jamie February 19, 2018 Reply

    I’ve been on the Kingswood Rocketype for the last three years and have skied the Liberty Double Helix in Niseko this season. I’ve loved the DH even though it seems a bit more surfy than I usually like. How would the BMT compare to the DH?

  6. Kerry March 26, 2018 Reply

    I demoed the BMT 122 , 186 cm for 2 days in 4″ to 18″. Temp range 12-25 degrees. Day one I felt the tips loaded up a bit but overall liked the predictable way they skied. Day two it snowed 6″ more (6″-18″ total) based on store recommendation I moved the demo Kingpin toe back one setting so centerline on boot was about 1/2 centimeter behind ski center vs. day before 1/2 centimeter ahead of ski center. Completely eliminated tip loading, I had a great day. the ski made very predictable medium to long radius turns, with more aggressive leg flexing to avoid bad spots or trees it easily made a shorter radius turn. My first 2 runs the 2nd day my thieghs burned a bit but after that they were OK, I guess I adjusted to compensate by pulling my feet back some. I bot the skis.

    I bought the BMT 109, 186 cm last yr. and have skied it about 20-25 days. I like it but will use the bmt 122 on deeper days. I experienced the same tip loading on the 109’s so I will move the demo toe back on those to see if that eliminates tip loading. As expected the 109 ski better on groomers, especially with a slight weighted release and not over turning them. They are actually fun to ski on soft groomers.

    I have skins for both, but I was wondering if the 109 skins would work OK on the 122?

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