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Voile Objective Ski

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We love the name almost as much as the ski. Voile designed this mountaineering tool to help you succeed in those alpine missions with a specific goal, AKA an Objective. While it can’t guarantee success, you can rest assured it won’t cause a failure. The impressive weight will let you take it far, on your feet or on your back. The easy-skiing nature of the construction won’t give you any hang-ups on the way down. The Objective has a rockered tip to keep you above the uglies, and also a curvy lifted tail so it releases easily at the end of turns. The neutral flex is designed to keep you centered on the ski and in control of your destiny. For ski mountaineers with lofty goals, acquiring the Objective should be the first objective.

  • Paulownia wood core is strong with low density, perfect for this Objective.
  • Medium radius with rockered tip inspires confidence in junk and on steeps.
  • Two carbon & fiber glass layers wrap the core to enable powerful turns.
  • 1.8mm of steel lets you edge on hard snow and won’t break on the first rock.
  • Tough nylon topsheet is nick-resistant and painted with the Voile theme.

Update for 2017/18: The new Objective features black base material for lower friction and higher ski performance as well as an updated topsheet for the season with more vibrant colors, but the same hard-hitting durability and easy going personality that Voile is known for.

Update 2019/20: Other than a different coat of paint, this ski remained the same as in previous years.

Update 2023/24: Another fancy topsheet is coming in with the new snowfall for the '23 season!

Lengths (cm) 164, 171, 178
convert to ounces
1020g [164]
1070g [171]
1150g [178]
Weight (pair) 2040g [164]
2140g [171]
2300g [178]
Dimensions   112-80-95 [164]
114-82-97 [171]
117-84-100 [178]
Turn Radius   18.0m [164]
18.5m [171]
19.5m [178]
Skin Fix   Race tip notch, flat tails
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   Light tip and tail rocker, camber underneath
Shape   Smooth medium radius, rounded tip & tail
Construction   Double carbon cap
Core   Paulownia wood
Skimo Co Says
Usage Long distance mountaineering
Notes Easy to ski, confidence inspiring
Bottom Line Versatile mountaineering ski
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Questions & Reviews

Trey (used product regularly)
I bought the Objectives after enjoying the similarly shaped but wider and heavier Ultravectors. I picked up the Objectives for resort uphilling , spring skiing, and traverses, but I'm impressed at how they feel in Eastern Sierra winter conditions, too, especially in between storm cycles. They make the resort ski down fun and less of a pure fitness quest.

Given the rocker on and a little flex from both ends, I would be hesitant to get into some truly steep terrain, but I don't ski anything beyond the ~40 degree mark, and these will get it done given my timid style. Like any light-ish weight ski, it's going to get pushed around if you don't stay over it, but the Objective is a pretty easy ski to handle so far in my experience compared to something like a Zero G 85 or similar ski with a longer radius and lots of carbon.

I still ski the Ultravectors when deeper powder, breakable crust, or general survival skiing is likely (more than I like in the windy Sierra), but I'm reaching for the Objectives more and more.
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Question from Bradley Dosch
I've been looking for a spring mountaineering ski and this ski has certainly caught my eye. As usual, got a few questions about length. I'm 6'2", 165-170 pounds, intermediate skier not looking to ski crazy hard, interested in long PNW spring days and volcanoes. Which length would be good for me? I'm on a 181 backcountry setup right now.

As for boot and binding pairing, I have the Scarpa F1 LT and Marker Alpinist 12 bindings. What do you think of these boots and bindings on these skis? Thank you!
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Bradley, you could ski either the 171 or 178. Go shorter to drop a little weight and gain some uphill maneuverability or go longer for more stability while skiing. The objectives have a generous tip and tail rise (for their class of ski) so they'll ski a tad shorter than you might think for their length.

Your boots and bindings sounds like a good match for the Objective - they like light bindings and well-walking boots!
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Jordan D (downright abused product)
I really dislike all the marketing brands do. Every review is "this revolutionary 3 layer 3D Apex Tech ski rewards a forward stance blah blah blah". Most skis of a general weight and shape ski VERY similarly. I've learned this the hard way, as a guide and patroller going through a pair or two a year, always chasing the new "best" ski

I skied them for around 100 days in northern Utah and the volcanoes

But sometimes there IS a ski that is way better than others in its class. And this is one of them. Ditch the race skis, the 75mm skis, your ultralight 90mm skis... get some Objectives. The standard! It is easy to turn, super intuitive, and weirdly able to surf and bust for its size
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Ben (used product regularly)
I bought a pair of 171 Objectives last fall after a lot of deliberation. There will always be compromise in a ski this narrow and light, but my priority was to find a ski that is as easy to control as possible in technical terrain under 1100g. My intention was to use these skis to push my limits in terms of speed and terrain. In practice, these skis have taken a slightly different spot in my quiver but I still love them.

Allow me to quote Jake D's review below: "Edge hold is bomber, the light weight makes hop turns a breeze, tip rocker helps keep you on top of the inevitable deproach shmoo. Perfect flex for me, not soft but not harsh or chattery either." I agree with all of this. I weigh 145lbs and 6'1" 171 feels like a perfect length. The flex profile and construction of the Objectives makes them more forgiving than most other mountaineering-class skis.

The dramatic rocker/camber profile is somewhat unique in a ski this narrow. There is a lot of tip rocker combined with a lot of camber. The Objectives are a ton of fun in any kind of good snow, and float astonishingly well in deep powder. The skis love to bounce in and out of turns even in very deep snow. They are skinny so you will sink, but somehow these skis easily spring back to the surface whenever you want them to. Even though I have wider skis I brought the Objectives on some of the deepest days this season and never regretted it.

I have brought the Objectives on many days of bad skiing as well, and they do meet my expectations of a ski that is very easy to control in technical terrain. One thing they are not good at though, is skiing bad snow with any kind of speed. I knew initially this wouldn't be their strong suit so I'm not disappointed but just wanted to share. I find that the wide tips, which probably greatly contribute to their fantastic float in deep snow, can be a liability in bad snow. I have noticed that the tips get hung up on crusts and wet snow. This is manageable at low speeds, but the skis have a clear speed limit when the snow isn't good. Most other skis in this category have the same problem. I generally have a preference for straighter, longer radius skis that I think are more predictable in bad snow, but the only lightweight skis that are notably straighter are the Aski Verglas and Blizzard Zero G 85, both of which are probably more demanding (I haven't tried them yet). I have tried the Trab Magico.2 which is another straighter ski but I found that the tails on that ski were difficult to release. While it is a more predictable ski it is also much more demanding overall. There are always tradeoffs in this category and I think the Objective is a great compromise. If you want to ski fast in bad snow, these are not the skis, and I have other skis for that. For having fun in good snow and skiing at lower speeds when the snow isn't as good, these are great.
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Question from Henry
Would 171cm be too small for me? I’m 6’3, 200lb, looking to try a “short” mountaineering ski. Most of my skis are in the 185ish range.
Answer from jbo
Hi Henry, it's getting close to being too short at your size, but maybe not crazy. It works great for me at 6'1" 165. Something like the K2 Wayback 174 might get you that little extra length (and stiffness), especially running length since the Objective is fairly rockered.
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John Baldwin (used product regularly)
I've been using these skis for spring skiing in everything from ankle deep powder to ice, corn and mush. I recently took them on a 10 day rugged traverse and they are fantastic. Bomber edge hold, light, still fun in soft snow. They are one of the only skis in this class that have a modern shape with a decent rocker and curved tail. And yes the light weight is fantastic. The narrow width also makes edging with ski crampons much easier on the ankles.
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Emily (used product regularly)
They're a great ski. I find that they carve great on windbuff and corn. They're light and responsive and hold an edge well. Unfortunately for me and other smaller skiers, Voile doesn't make them in short lengths like they do with Women's HyperVectors, etc. I've spent 2 springs on the 164cm Objectives before I realized they are just too long for me (on steeps) with their flat tails. Of course, this is user error as I didn't size down enough for a mountaineering ski. Looking forward to the day when Voile makes these in a 156 and maybe even a 149 for the smaller skiers who like to do long, rad spring adventures!
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Question from Olaf
Does the wax version a similar camber to the no wax scaled base? If it does has anyone waxed it with the Nordic grip waxes in the kick zone?
Answer from eric
Olaf- Both the BC and non BC version of the Objective have the same single camber construction. You can wax with nordic kick wax but that may not all come off before you ski or use your skins, which in both situations could end badly.
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Question from Billy
I'm eyeing the objectives for multi-day PNW spring tours. Nothing too aggressive. I'm 5'11 225#s plus a pack. Is the 178 my best bet?
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for your question, Billy. The 178cm would definitely be the best choice for you! Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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Question from Jake
Seriously interested in this ski, however, I'm reading that it's not the best ski for steep and steep ice. Could you explain why this is? Mixed bag of conditions and routes here in Colorado, but I need a ski that's not going to toss me when I get into those steep chutes (even though that's not the typical mission intent). I suppose what I'm looking for is a ski just like this, but with a touch better steep skiing characteristics. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on a slightly better steep ski that has similar characteristics as the Objective (the most important to me are: 1. not too soft with enough stiffness, 2. shorter side of turn radius, 3. early rise tip and camber, 4. weight around the 1100 gram mark). I am 5'10'', 170 lbs birthday suit. Thanks much!
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Jake,

The Voile Objective is a great ski! However, it will not be as good on steep and icy slopes, as it has some rocker in the tip and tail, as well as a softer construction. If you would like a ski that is better in steeper and icier terrain, less rocker (more effective edge), and a longer radius (less side cut means more edge in contact with the snow) would be the way to go. Therefore, if you want an all around ski, you may way to split the difference between the Objective and a stiff ski with a long turn radius.

Take a look at something like the Atomic Backland UL 78, or the Dynafit Blacklight Pro. If you would like to chat skis in more detail, reach out to us at!
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Question from Tina

I'm looking at the Voile Objective skis, 164 - 2018/19.

Do these have scales on the base? My primary use will be for gently rolling, ungroomed woods terrain, so I'm interested in something that will allow climbing without having to use skins. (But still have the option to use skins if needed)

Are they wax or waxless base?

Will they work with any type of alpine touring bindings?

Regarding size, I'm new to touring/backcountry but am an expert alpine skier. I'm 5'7", 135lbs without gear. Is 164 the correct size?

Answer from jbo
Hi Tina, the skis found here do not have scales, Voile calls the scaled version the Objective BC (164 would be the most appropriate size). These are normal alpine ptex bases that you wax. Most AT bindings can fit, please visit our binding finder to find one that best matches you!
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Question from Michael D
Thank you for your help. Would you compare that Salomon X-Alp with the Voile Objective? I'm 6'1", 165-170 lbs. Steeper the better and love to make lots of short turns. (Save the long high speed rails for the chairlifts.) Been a backcountry skier for about 15 years but always on powder boards. Looking for my first pair of summit bagging, corn snow, mountaineering skis. I'm usually skiing a 181 to 188 length. Shortest resort ski I every owned was a 178 cm which I loved ripping around on. Thinking about either one of the above skis in the 170/171 length. What do you think about that length for my size? And which ski do you like since they're only 2 oz. difference? Appreciate you time.
Answer from TSB
Hey Michael, awesome choices all around! We find that the 169-171cm length is pretty ideal for a mountaineering ski if you're around 6 feet tall. The X-Alp and Objective are both great skis, and both have a soft-snow bias so they'll float well if you find yourself getting knee-deep after coming down from a chalky north face. You can't go wrong with either ski, but we tend to see the X-Alp as a little bit more versatile since it has that narrower waist and more aggressive turning feel, while the Objective is best for those who ski in areas that see a lot of unconsolidated snow (i.e. the Wasatch, Tetons, Rogers Pass, etc.) If you're ripping around in maritime snowpacks or just prefer a ski with more effective edge and less rocker, take a look at the Movement Alp Tracks 85 and/or the Atomic Backland 78, both of which are available in the 169cm length and have fantastic hard-snow performance.
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Question from JohnB
Do you recommend mounting at boot center? My main skis (winter, deep snow etc) have plenty of rocker (DPS wailer 112 tour1s) and I always mount them at +1. Is there any reason to go to +1cm with these skis? Thanks. Looking forward to trying these out!
Answer from jbo
Hi JohnB, the Objectives are good to go at boot center. This is coming from someone who also thinks the Wailers are best at +1.
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Question from JT22
Hi, a few questions about Voile Objective 178 cm. (1) Is this enough of a ski for a 6'3" 195-200 lb guy? I normally ski skis in the ~183 range, such as the Voile Hyper V6, which I really enjoy. (2) What AT bindings would make for a good pairing? My typical DIN range is 7-8. (3) Any reason to go with the BC version? I could use them on some rolling terrain, but have also read that the fish scales aren't as helpful with mid-steep ascents, icy tracks, etc. Thanks in advance!
Answer from eric
JT22- Yes the 178 length would be fine for you. For binding I would suggest using our Binding Finder and we can help you sort through the bindings. Fish scales are good for rolling terrain but you are correct that they do slide on steeper terrain. They also slide slower than the standard base when the scales are in contact with hard snow.
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Question from Jim
What is the waist width of these skis? And can you recommend a length for a 66 year old fit male, 135-140 lbs. strong intermediate skier who wants to do relatively short (no more than half day) backcountry ski outings in the Wasatch and west Tetons? I may also ski them at Targhee on powder days.
Answer from Teddy Young
Hey Jim, this ski is around 82mm underfoot, here are the dimensions based on length: 112-80-95 [164], 114-82-97 [171], 117-84-100 [178]. How tall are you and what ski lengths and models have you enjoyed in the past?
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Nat (downright abused product)
Love! My favorite fast/light ski to date. I spent around 40 days on these during the 2018/19 season and was totally blown away. I tend to have a love/hate relationship with some of the lighter gear. Balancing efficiency and 'skiability.' I found with the Voile Objective there is very little compromise to using a lighter/smaller ski. I had many of my most fun days in the Wasatch skiing fresh deep snow on these sticks. Similarly they were my weapon of choice for big spring days in the Sierra. Take home points include: easy and friendly to ski. Confidence inspiring on the steeps. Still really fun in knee deep powder. Less weight on your feet = more energy to ski more!
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Question from Thatcher Kelley
Love the skis so far. Only skied a few PNW lines with this due to a broken boot in early spring. But liking them so far.
My one question is about the tail and skins. My Pomoca back clip slips off very easily since the ski doesn’t have a notch. Do you have a recommended solution for this? Grinder to create a notch? I’ve never modified skis before.
Answer from Jeff
Hey Thatcher! Yes you can grind a notch at the tail. It shouldn't need to be very deep. Covering the fresh cut with a bit of epoxy would be a good idea, too.
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Jake D (used product regularly)
I've been using this ski all spring and it's easily the best ski mountaineering ski I've used to date. Edge hold is bomber, the light weight makes hop turns a breeze, tip rocker helps keep you on top of the inevitable deproach shmoo. Perfect flex for me, not soft but not harsh or chattery either.

I'm 185 lbs sans pack and the 171 is just right even once I'm loaded up for a big day. Paired with Plum 170s and Scarpa F1s.

After seeing durability issues with other skis that don't have full edge coverage at the tip and tail, I wish that they hadn't shaved those grams from the Objectives. That said, I haven't had any problems yet and the bases and edges seem pretty stout in general.

Action shot on the Fuhrer Finger, Mt. Rainier.
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Curly (used product regularly)
This ski quickly became a favorite of mine for spring skiing and steeps. Great edge hold and a reasonable stiffness (not super stiff) but I think this makes them more forgiving in cut up spring snow. I am 155lbs and 5'10" and the 164s are incredible on the very steep stiff terrain (I've been up to about 55deg) on firm snow. The short length and light weight makes them easy to get around when they need to get around quick. I thought I would sacrifice top end speed/stability with the shorter skis for my size but today I hit about 50mph coming down the Muir snowfield. They feel pretty stable even though they are pretty rockered in the front which loses some effective edge. My ski partner has alp track 84s in 169cm and I am excited to compare the two. The movements are certainly stiffer in hand and have a micro side wall so I suspect they will ski better but at a greater cost. Bottom line, they're great quiver skis, great for big mountains and moving pretty quick (if you don't want to make the sacrifices and go will a full-on race ski. For reference, I ski them with dynafit dynaevos and it feels like a light capable combo.
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Question from Curly
I’m 5’10” and 155lbs and an advanced skier. I have Scott super guide 88s in 178 for my winter ski and am looking for a light ski to hit steep lines on big mountains in the cascades in the spring. I have alpattacks (160) that I’ve been using for spring skiing and racing but want more beef than that. Would these perform well in steep hard pack (jump turn mandatory) terrain? What length should I look at? Leaning toward 164 as they’re light and would be quick to get around in jump turns. Thanks!
Answer from eric
Curly-The 164 would be easy to get around in steep terrain but this ski has a fair bit of rocker. So, with this ski I would suggest the 171 for your size. Maybe look at the Atomic UL 85 in the 163 if you want the shorter length.
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