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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.

2 Comments

  1. 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?

  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.

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