When the conversation about a “quiver of one” ski gets brought up in backcountry skiing circles, inevitably the Voile V6 is discussed as a contender. It’s well-balanced underfoot width, just the right amount of rocker for soft conditions, and ample camber for confident edge grip leave little to be desired in just about any snow condition. The only way it could really improve in our eyes is if it could lose some weight.
Enter the Hyper V6. Combining the sublime performance of the V6 with Voile’s buttery paulownia + carbon core construction, the HV6 has raised the bar. The Hyper series gives up precious little in terms of backcountry ski performance but loses significant grams, perhaps narrowing the discussion about the ultimate quiver of one.
Round flex pattern is confidence inspiring and buttery smooth.
Tip-to-tail edges are 2mm thick and aren’t afraid of a little abuse.
Polyamide top sheet is abrasion and scratch resistant.
Black p-tex bases are hardy, fast, and hold wax well.
Voile Hybrid Rocker, rocker tip & tail w/ camber underneath
Rounded tip & tail w/ medium radius
Paulownia wood and carbon
Skimo Co Says
The good times got lighter.
Very easy to ski
I've been riding my wife's 163cm original V6s temporarily and have been impressed with their performance in varying conditions. The only issue I have is that they wash out in the rear both in the steeps and in arching turns. Sizing up should solve that problem, but now I'm torn between the Hyper V6 and the original. Voile's marketing wants me to believe I won't be sacrificing much (if any) performance by choosing their new model, but I'm skeptical of any ski shedding 15% of it's mass and maintaining dampness and forgiveness. Anyone around the shop ridden both in the same size that could give a comparison?
Hi Oakley, the verdict around the shop between those of us who have skied the original and the Hyper models is that if anything was lost, it's very difficult to discern. I would say that the universal opinion around here is that the Hyper V6 is a great ski and the lighter weight is totally worth it.
Hey John! The V6 is a little bit more buttery, better in soft snow, and more forgiving in general. The Vector is a touch narrower, slightly straighter, and has a stiffer tail so it takes more skier input to really get the most out of it, but it'll also finish turns on hard snow a bit better. The V6 is a great all around ski with a soft snow emphasis and the Vector is in a similar category, but with better hard snow prowess and power.
Hey Alan! Structurally, probably fine. I haven't heard anything that says you can't use the Hyper series with a tele binding. I am not a tele skier though so I can't comment exactly on how well it'd handle in that regard, but based on everything that I've heard from our staff that has skied the V6, these guys are FUN!
I am looking for a reasonably light weight backcountry ski primarily for soft snow/powder. I mostly do 1-day tours on moderate terrain (25 to 35 degrees), below and above treeline. I would probably prefer a reasonably mellow ski over one that requires an aggressive style. I am considering the following skis: Movement Alp Tracks 100 LT Voile Hyper V6 DPD Wailer 99 Tour 1 Could you comment on the suitability of the skis for this type of skiing and ant pros and cons?
Hey John! All of those skis will do really well in that style of terrain with the Alp Tracks 100 rewarding the most aggressive skier, Wailer being the most forgiving, and the V6 is somewhere in the middle. I'd say it has more to do with the boot you'll be skiing in than anything. The lighter the boot the more forgiving you'll want it to be when you're dealing with skis this wide.