It might sound a little fishy (pun intended), but scales on a backcountry ski are quite practical. Your typical alpine touring ski setup requires skins, but the Hyper V6 BC eliminates that need for many climbs with Voile's Traction Pattern Base extending for roughly half the length of the ski directly under foot. When moving through rolling or low angle terrain, this ski increases efficiency by eliminating the weight of skins and time lost to repetitive transitions for minor undulations. For steep and icy skin tracks, skins can be applied per usual in the event that the fish scales aren't offering the grip you want. The Hyper in the name Hyper V6 BC means that Voile took the previous model and doubled the carbon inside and used a lightweight paulownia wood core to keep things light. Embrace the scales, even if it does sound a little fishy at first-- you won't regret it.
- Traction Pattern Base eliminates the need for skins in all but the steepest climbs, saving weight and transition time for tours in undulating terrain.
- Earplugs (unfortunately) not included, as the only real downside of the fish scales underfoot is a slight humming noise on harder or packed snow.
- Typical Voile durability and quality forms the basis for this ski, with the same core construction that the rest of their Hyper line boasts.
- Camber underfoot helps you hold an edge in icy or variable conditions, regardless of the slope angle or how tightly you're puckered.
- With an early rise rockered tip and 100mm waist [183cm], this lightweight ski still knows how to float and glide through soft snow.
- Made right here in Salt Lake City, Utah, just like Skimo Co.
Update 2022/23: Voile is hyping up the tried and true V6 BC by giving in an updated paintjob.
|Lengths (cm)||163, 173, 178, 183|
|Weight (pair)||2310g 
||Rounded tip and tail|
||Voile Hybrid Rocker, rocker tip & tail w/ camber underneath|
||Rounded tip & tail w/ medium radius|
||Cap with carbon wrap|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Get out there and back|
|Notes||Great for long rolling approaches|
|Bottom Line||Versatility with scales|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I'm 5'8, about 160lb, ski the 178cm size, tele bindings (voile TTS), boot center at factory boot center.
I ski in Montana, anything from -20 pow to +60 slush/water, long rolling approaches (~2000ft up over 6ish miles out), slow speeds on descents (I ski alone).
The tip is long and broad, the tail long and not so broad, these turn themselves. Soft, forgiving, predictable. Ideal backcountry ski.
The fish scales (in my experience):
Work at about 1/5th of skin stickiness in soft snow and 1/3 in firm snow. Anything worth going down will require skins to go back up. If snowboarders frequent where you ski the fishscales have no value, if snowboarders avoid the approaches like a plague the fishscales are great. Coastal cement will have different results.
When my pair breaks I'll get two more.
I'm a mediocre skier that is 5'11" and weighs ~190 w/o gear. I'm not aggressive skier either. However I do love to ski mellow backcountry. Which size would you suggest? Also, I've read the warning that quiver killers void the warranty but, being that I hope to never 'huck' myself off of anything, would you guess that the skis will survive my normal use if I do the QKs? I have some Objectives 178s that are fun but am hoping for easier turning skis. Am I on the right track here? Thanks as always!
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