Ranked #1 by Ski Magazine in 2012, the Volkl RTM 84 returns for the 2013 season unchanged. This is Volkl's premier frontside all-mountain ski that features a poplar and beech Sensorwood core, an 84 mm waist, a full layer of titanium, a vertical sidewall, and a full rocker profile. If you are an advanced intermediate to expert and are afraid of going too wide and unsure about the whole rocker technology, this is your ski.
Other than Blizzard skis, Volkl has the only reversed camber technology that I have come to like. This is because most rockered skis are overdone, making the ski unstable and greasy when linking turns (especially at high speeds). Volkl calls their version of reverse camber, ELP Rocker, which is short for Extended Low Profile. The rocker on the RTM 84 is a smooth, gradual rocker from tip to tail so it skis very well in deeper/softer without sacrificing edge grip on hardpack. Volkl matches the rocker to the sidecut and flex pattern of the ski so the RTM has the same powerful, smooth, and railroad track feel that is characteristic to most Volkl skis.
I'll be the first to admit that I was a skeptic when this ski was first introduced. One, because it replaced the AC 50 which was my favorite ski for 3 years. Two, because it is rockered, and three, because of its lame name which stands for "Ride The Mountain". Although I personally prefer a ski with a little more waist width, theRTM 84 stands up to the implications in its name and truly is an all mountain, hard charging versatile ski with a playful and sensitive side.
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