The Voile Hyper V8 is one of the most fun-filled fat skis out there. Surfy and floaty even in heavy powder, it inspires the confidence to really let it run. The Voile hybrid rocker keeps the ski nimble in tight spaces or while ripping through the aspens. Ample camber ensures that if the powder turns out to be windboard or sun crust, you’ll maintain control and smiles for miles. The Paulownia and carbon core keeps the weight down so your spirits and energy for another lap stay high. In fact, you’ll likely find yourself using this ski more often than your old fat quiver skis. The Voile Hyper V8 could be pow-surfer of the year for years to come.
- Voile Hybrid Rocker provides great versatility in variable conditions.
- Polyamide top sheet is durable and scratch resistant.
- 2mm thick edges can take a beating and stay sharp.
- Black ptex bases are durable and hold wax well.
Update 2022/23: This year’s top sheet might make you think you are skiing the beautiful sand dunes in the twilight of some far-off desert. No guarantee that they will take the bite out of the cold winter air, but maybe...
|Lengths (cm)||165, 171, 176, 181, 186, 193|
|Weight (pair)||2630g 
||Rounded tip and tail|
||Voile Hybrid Rocker, rocker tip & tail w/ camber underneath|
||Rounded tip & tail w/ medium radius|
||Paulownia wood and carbon|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Powder, powder, powder|
|Notes||Same great shape, lighter core|
|Bottom Line||Ski all the powder yourself|
|Compare to other Excess-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
Use: Anything white
I'm on my second pair of V8s, upgrading from sweet orange underglow 2012 V8s to Hyper construction, so feel free to call me biased, maybe even naive. I'll take it, as I absolutely love these skis.
Many describe these skis as an ultra-specialized powder hunting tool reserved only for the deepest days, but I couldn't disagree more. Voile's incredible lightweight construction give them one of the best surface-area-to-weight ratios available on the market, and puts them in a weight class comparable to much skinnier, less versatile skis. For example, compare the Hyper V8 in 176 at 2.80 kg per pair to Black Diamond Helio 88s in 168 at 3.04 kg per pair. Incredible! When paired with a sub-300g binding, you won't believe how easy it is to get these things to the top.
Now you may be wondering, "With such light construction, aren't these things soft noodles that get knocked around in crud or anything remotely variable?" To that I say "Nay!". You can lay these skis over on corduroy, charge through resort crud, and make high speed sweeping GS turns in deep powder, all with nearly equal ease. The hybrid rocker construction, with lots of tail rocker, if anything seems to help with variable conditions by keeping your tails free and the skis loose. Even their edge grip ain't half bad for such a fat ski.
In the tightest trees the 176 length can feel a little gangly, but the 17.3m turn radius still keeps them sporty and easy to turn on a dime. You think, it goes. For comparison, I skied the Armada Tracer 108 in a VERY deep season in Steamboat, and I was always finding myself having to think about my skiing more, not just picking a line THROUGH the trees, but behind and AROUND the trees, as the Tracers really mandated that you more delicately "finish" your turns. With the V8s shape, if you need to make a super short radius turn, they'll do that, and if you need to slarve sideways REAL QUICK, they'll slarve sideways REAL QUICK. If you wanted to be a little more nimble, these skis offer such massive shovels and so much surface area that I think one could size down and still have plenty of float.
The only downsides are that the sidewall does seem to be a tad bit less durable than say, a DPS, and the bases don't seem to be quite as good at holding wax as other skis. For the former, there's no such thing as a free lunch, and of course the incredibly light weight construction is going to have a cost. To be clear, I beat the absolute crap out these skis, though, and they've held up fine. For the latter concern, I don't have any proof or data to back up that claim, they just seem to slow down a little faster than my wife's DPS.
Simple, solid, backcountry!
Sorry to hear you lost everything (?) in the fires.
I think you will like the V8 more then those Fun but floppy Megawatts. At 190lbs, the 181cm should give you plenty of float. But if your preference is for longer skis, and you get to ski Japan or BC regularly, the 186cm would do.
Bindings, there are lots of light bindings now that will do, you can fill out our binding finder to help narrow it down. Binding finder.
Would replacing the Hyperchargers with the Hyper V8 make a meaningful difference? Should I size up to 176? I am 5'8" 160 lbs. Simultaneously, I like that the hyperchargers can sort of stand up to higher speeds when I want them to/bring the wrong skis. For instance, I've ridden them fast down an untouched Bonkers before. Is the V8 a pure Voile wiggle noodle with no backbone? For what it's worth I mounted the Hyperchargers at +1 but I'd probably mount them on rec now (I have gotten better at skiing).
I am an intermediate-advanced yet conservative skier, mostly skiing/ski touring in Oregon, Washington, and Canada.
Will I get enough float with the 186? Or would you recommend the 193s? Thanks!
Based on your dimensions, I would go with the Voile Hyper V8 in the 186cm length over the 193cm length. You will get plenty of float in the 186cm length with the waist width of the V8, while getting the advantage of maneuverability and a lighter weight in the shorter length.
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I"m looking for a ski to go in close trees. A ski easy the turn and pivot to turning around trees. How's one between Voilé V8 are Manti can be better in those conditions? Thank very much for your advice.
I am a 5‘4“ 130 pound female looking at the 165 cm. I previously had the 163 V6 and loved them minus skinning up with the long tails. I was always stepping on them or moving them forward unnaturally on corners. Any suggestions? With the tails on the hyper V8 bug me as well?! Is it reasonable to mount them one or 2 cm back without changing how they ski or not really? I am an experienced skier.
Should I consider the 164 cm hypercharger? I actually have a 154 cm hypercharger as a daily driver but would like something a little bigger four larger powder days.
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