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.
|Lengths (cm)||165, 171, 176, 181, 186, 193|
|Weight (pair)||2630g 
|Turn Radius||16.6m 
|Skin Fix||Rounded tip and tail|
|Profile||Voile Hybrid Rocker, rocker tip & tail w/ camber underneath|
|Shape||Rounded tip & tail w/ medium radius|
|Core||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
1. Ranger 102/Resort daily driver
2. JJ2.0/Powder and touring
I've triple checked measurements on the voile.com/sbc chart and it puts the mount point WAY forward (shown in photo) of the other 7 mounted skis in the family. I know each ski is its own beast and I really want to trust the Voile pro's on this but does anyone have a good explanation for such a forward stance? Is it as simple as the ski is designed for it? On same chart the older, similar Charger BC 181cm ski puts the mount point a full 5cm further back? V8 mount point puts base of my toes on the balance point of the ski and Charger mount point puts tip of my toes at balance point. Tight trees here in N. VT so pivot point/swing weight bubbles up as a factor. Yeah I know.. I'm mounting Switchbacks on these, don't care about the warning and if I rip out and wreck my knee that's my problem. Does make me want to get the mount right on the first try though.. I could just split the difference and go -2.5cm of guidance but now I'm curious.
Now, it's worth calling this a "powder" ski simply because a board this girthy has a couple of places where it shines outside of those glamorous occasions of sub-4%-SWE cold smoke. Years ago on a particularly heinous -- deep, but completely upside-down -- day shwacking around Northern VT, a friend who was breaking trail on a pair of V8s convinced me to buy a pair and take them out as a trail-breaking tool for difficult conditions such as those. Even if I preferred a much narrower ski from a "feel" perspective, he reasoned, a 110+mm ski was simply more effective for keeping your tips up and out of the depths of the heavy, wet, gloppish snow. Voile introducing the Hyper layup has really sweetened the deal, as does a sub-200g binding and a fast-gliding skin (hard to beat the green Pomoca Mohair). And I don't mind the surfy, loose feel of skiing these as much as I always worry I will -- the tails are just going to let go and nothing can hold them back!
There's definitely a conversation to be had about mount point on this ski and I don't think one answer would suit any/all skiers. Voile does put their recommended mount for the V6/V8 skis further forward than for the Vector/Charger, if only by 1.5-2cm, but this seems to make a substantial difference. The more forward mount point/stance really rewards those sweeping, loose turns and skiing with a more muscular, crouching, TGR-like stance, not the angulated, pole-planting side-to-side of many lightest-in-class touring skis. The other huge advantage is that the more ski you have behind your binding toe pins, the easier it is to drop the ski into kick turns -- especially useful when your ski is loaded with snow on the topsheet and might be ungainly/hard to kick turn. I did consider re-mounting rearward to square with my general ski style but I didn't want to mess with that glorious kick turn feeling.
Maybe the best thing to say about this ski is that it helps you make the best of a time and a place. Whether that's the Wasatch Range in the weeks around the winter solstice, when some of the superlative skiing is found on lower-angle, north facing tree runs away from the avy hazard, or northern VT during those unbelievable March nor'easter storms, the Hyper V8 is the ski I was stoked to reach for. It's a great ski precisely because it doesn't come out of the rack often; but when it does, there's fantastic trail breaking (err...skiing) on tap.
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