Design fads come and go all the time, and technologies that were once touted as revolutionary are tossed aside without eulogy to make way for the latest and greatest. Brands often jump on the bandwagon for a short ride, but Voile waved at the bandwagon as it rolled past. Rather than chase fads, they dug deep into their roots to bring us the Hyper Drifter, a ski that is modeled after the original (very popular) Drifter. With roughly a decade of high quality skis being made in the Drifter molds, Voile did the sensible thing and recreated the ski that has been a cult favorite since its inception, only they made the second version lighter and better suited for backcountry travel in every way. The Hyper Drifter has an updated shovel that is roughly 155mm wide that will give you more float than a boat full of foam. Early rise tip and tail rocker with camber underfoot means that you get to float and bounce through the snow while still maintaining edge articulation and control. For the deep days we dream of all year, clip into the Hyper Drifter and start stacking laps-- you won't be able to refuse the call of 'just one more'.
- Ultralight Paulownia construction along the whole length of the ski keeps things feeling consistent and springy, perfect for champagne powder all day long.
- The super wide shovel and early rise tip combine to keep you on top of the snow both on the ups and the down, regardless of how light or deep the snow is.
- The Hyper Drifter takes many of its design cues from the SuperCharger and V8, with a couple pounds shaved off to make for a more hiker-friendly weight.
Update 2023/24: Different topsheet with the same excellent construction.
|171, 178, 186
|Rounded tip and tail
|Big tip, early-rise, camber
|Rounded tip & tail w/ medium radius
|Skimo Co Says
|Powder, sweet powder
|Floats like a hot air balloon
|Ultimate powder play thing
|Compare to other Excess-fat Skis
Questions & Reviews
For your use I would definitely recommend the Locator 112 over the Hyperdrifter. The Hyperdrifter isn't a noodle, but it is very, very wide and very light. This means it is not the ski you want to have under you on variable snow. It is a dedicated powder tool for maximum floatation. The Locator 112 will provide great powder performance while being more versatile, damp, and powerful in variable snow types, and it will float better than the Zero G 105. Enough so that I would say it justifies a spot in the quiver!
I've skied these boards almost exclusively of my other skis since getting them and can't say enough about how fun they are. Even after 45 years of bc skiing they have upped my game and confidence in bigger terrain. The width makes trail breaking so much easier, and they are so light for the size! They handle wind or wet funk-a-delic snow magically compared to what I was used to. Wow.
If you are looking for the fattest floater, the Hyper Drifter has wider dimensions overall, especially the tip, and is still lighter. Also, It's a Voile, made in Salt Lake City along with DPS skis, both brands make the best powder skis in our book.
I can see you already ordered the 164cm. For ladies who want a wide Pow ski, these two brands have you covered, the shortest Slayr 114 is a 178cm.
The primary difference between the Drifter and the Hyper Drifter will be core construction. The Hyper Drifter has a lightweight Paulownia and Carbon-Weave wood core that has plenty of energy and pop. However, it will probably not be quite as damp as the heavier core materials in Drifter. If you have further questions on ski construction, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org!
But the resorts were all closed for Covid-19 by the time I got the Drifters and bindings installed, so I've been using them in the backcountry. What I discovered, is these babies are awesome in crappy spring snow! They keep you on top of the breakable crust better, and when you do go through, you don't go very deep under the crust. They also give you a nicer ride through spring sun cups. And surprisingly, the added weight is not much over my standard go-to ski, the Voile V6, so uphill travel is not bad as long you don't have to fit in an existing skin track. One other unexpected advantage, is all that surface area means you can skin up incredibly steep slopes. I'm also able to make very tight turns, inspite of the longer turn radius of the side cut, by using foot rotation - "short-swing" style works well with these. Maybe also because I got them in a shorter length. Overall very pleased!
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