VTA 98
Test winner

Völkl VTA 98

Brand
Völkl
Model
VTA 98
Category
Touring
Weight
1440 gr
Waist
98 mm
Tested length
184 cm
Year
2018

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

4
3
4
4
4
Fri Flyt overall rating of Völkl VTA 98:

9 / 10

Hard snow:
8 / 10
Soft snow:
9 / 10
Up:
9 / 10
Technical info:
Völkl´s VTA series is not new, but this model has a different width. This is a long ski with a light construction, long and low rocker in the front and no rocker in the back. The back ski is soft. It is relatively soft throughout, but, in contrast to most other models in this category, it is stiffer in front of the bindings. The long sidecut and long setback gives a relatively big width difference between the front and back ski. We tested this ski with bindings that weighed 770 grams. The turning radius is moderate and consistent (22 metres).

On snow:
All our test riders like Völkl VTA. It performs well at high and low speed, and it likes both big and long turns. It is trustworthy and the edge grip is good. The flex is softest in the back. This, combined with a long rocker, pulls you straight into the turn where you can exploit the long sidecut. It is also fun to skid around with and the versatility is impressive. The low weight does make it a little nervous, but it is striking that such a light ski performs so well going downhill. Völkl VTA is a good touring ski that should work well for most people.


VTA 98

Technical data:

Measured length
186 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 43444
Brand
Völkl
Model
VTA 98
Produced
Germany
Available lengths
156, 163, 170, 177
Contact length
120 cm
Rocker tail
9 cm
Rocker nose
57 cm
Side cut
149 cm
Taper tail
16 cm
Taper tip
21 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
15 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
12 cm
Max tail width
116 mm
Min waist width
98 mm
Max nose width
132 mm
Side cut radius
22 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
17 mm
Surface area (one ski)
1992 cm2
Weight
1440 gr
Relative weight
0.72 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
9 mm
Hight nose tip
53 mm
Angle tail tip
16°
Angle nose tip
30°
Height of camber
3 mm

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.