Volkl RTM 81


Men's All-Mountain
Price: £650.00 (with binding)
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Upper Advanced Upper Expert
Sidecut 128-81-109
Turn radius 17.9m (177cm)
Lengths 156, 163, 170, 177, 182
Construction Sidewall
Steel & wood core
Tip & tail rocker
Strengths Quick edge to edge, super smooth flex, massive edge hold on the piste
Weaknesses Quite narrow and stiff, which makes it harder to use in deep off piste conditions

They say

Any skier from advanced to expert can use the RTM 81 as an everyday ski. Its versatile width, combined with the WideRide XL binding system, and innovative RIDGE construction are ideally suited for all day ripping on the groomers.

We say

If you love carving out grippy turns then the new RTM is the one for you! This ski had really high levels of performance on the groomed runs, even in really hard snow conditions it managed to crank out high performance turns with ease, this was a very impressive performance on the piste. That relatively narrow 81mm underfoot makes it quick and lively underfoot in all turn shapes. The RTM also has a super smooth flex that helps it maintain great ski/snow contact while being able to ride out chopped up conditions with ease. In deeper, off piste conditions it felt a bit too narrow, but still managed well enough to cope with the odd session away from the piste.

Tester Comments

Mark Jones
Smooth flex, very high levels of grip on the piste . Works well in the powder, but is quite narrow underfoot
James Allen
Charge hard on any piste conditions and it will hold, but needs a committed skier to get the best out of it.