If the roads are still closed and the approach to your line has 4 miles of undulating, gently rolling terrain that will be a nightmare of skins on/skins off transitions, you need a ski that functions as much as an approach tool as it does a steep skiing scalpel. If this scenario sounds familiar, you need the Voile Objective BC.
All of the awesomeness of the Objective, but with scaled bases. The short, waxless scaled pattern underfoot provides an excellent alternative to the binary equation of skins on/skins off. Once you’re ready to ski, you have a super-fun skinny ski that handles surprisingly well in deep and variable conditions. The Objective BC is your ticket to adventure!
- Paulownia wood core is strong with low density, enabling this ski to go far.
- Medium radius with rockered tip inspires confidence in junky snow 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 stays intact when rocks try to ruin your day.
- Topsheet is the same durable material that Voile skis are known for.
Update 2019/20: Voile updated the graphics of this speedy ski, but otherwise it remains the exact same.
Update 2023/24: Other than a shiny new topsheet, this ski remains the same.
|Lengths (cm)||164, 171, 178|
|Weight (pair)||2040g 
||Race tip notch, flat tails|
||Light tip and tail rocker, camber underneath|
||Smooth medium radius, rounded tip & tail|
||Double carbon cap|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Long distance touring in rolling terrain, long flat approaches to mountaineering routes|
|Notes||Scale back on the need for skins|
|Bottom Line||There's nothing fishy about these scales|
|Compare to other Low-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I am 6', 166lbs, usually carried a 15-30lb pack, and bought this ski in 178cm length with the DPS phantom glide treatment. The ski is pretty soft, especially in the tail, and makes for easy skiing with the boots unlocked, and nice mellow powder turns. It does not inspire much confidence on windblown, icy ridges or at speed.
I have about 22 days on this ski, one in spring slush, and 21 in cold winter conditions. In the slush this ski was great. With the scales, the suction of the slush was not noticeable. The uphill traction exceeded expectation, with proper walking technique.
In winter, at lower angles (10-20⁰) walking in dry powder may require skins. On the downhill, this ski sucks some fun out of skiing. The scales slow things considerably, such that kicking and gliding on slight downhills is normal, especially on wind board or in powder. On cold gsnow, this ski can be very frustratingly grippy.
The scales offer surprising grip on the uphill, but disappointing grip on the downhill, even with the DPS phantom treatment. I noticed that the fun increased when I had the base ground, including scales, with no noticeable loss of uphill traction.
Maxiglide XC wax is very important for this ski. Without it, these skis will occasionally become glorified snowshoes. Because the uphill traction is so good, the base tends to be in the snow all day, requiring frequent waxing. Thus, the time gained from not dealing with skins is mostly lost waxing and removing ice from the base.
I moved to a similar "mid-fat" ski using skimo race skins as kicker skins for the flatter sections, and was much happier, and seemingly more efficient, also in rolling terrain, because I can better maintain momentum downhill and can skate on flatter terrain.
If you are going to be doing a lot of cross-country skiing with the occasional (steep) downhill, this ski is pretty sweet.
I used this ski to ski a relatively small section of the US Continental Divide. It was a good ski to head across the Red Desert. But I was glad to switch to a normal "mid-fat" ski with a classical kicker skin and climbing skin.
I love this question as someone with a Nordic background. There is nothing like a properly waxed classic ski of any sort, race or backcountry oriented. Realistically these skis will not match that kind of performance. They will, however, glide better than full skins, or kicker skins and would be a great choice for the distance and elevation gains you are describing. You can kick and glide with these skis (conditions dependent) and avoid the snowshoeing effect you see with heavier touring setups with full skins. The tricky part is that like Nordic skis they are weight sensitive for proper glide (a sizing chart can be found below the ski length drop-down menu), yet touring skis are sized by height. If you want to get into more specifics for your particular needs, please feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com!
(option 1) Mount the binding toe-pivot on the ski's balance point so that I can lift the ski level with my ski boot's toe.
(option 2) Mount the binding toe-pivot more forward of the balance point so that I have a more downhill stance on the ski?
What have you all done, and what considerations should I take into account?
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Two lines exist, and I'm not sure which of them is the recommended midsole location.
I'm coming from a BC nordic background, daily driving a highly cambered traverse 78 and loving it for the infinite glide, the ski is mounted with an NNNBC boot and I have no issues (on good dry conditions that aren't too deep) linking tele and "parallel" turns in my soft nordic boot, can hockey stop on groomed nordic trails.
The skis side slip, side step, herringbone, climb on scales, and kick like a DREAM. One kick and the right wax and you're flying baby! I don't want to lose that, performance on consolidated snow is a must for daily skis and weekend tours alike.
Increasingly I've been going out for tours on more "up and down with some flat" terrain instead of what you might consider "rolling" forest terrain. I wax for the day, bring along a pair of kicker skins just in case, and usually ski about 10-12mi and 800-1000' of elevation change on a good day long ski. I usually do this without the use of my skins ("THANKS Fischer skis!")
What bothers me is that when I encounter sustained downhill portions in anything but light powder on top of consolidated snow I basically just snowplow and fumble my way through some smeary stompy turns. Add to that a narrow single track skier packed trail and I'm essentially just going to luge-it-till-I-lose-it and beef skis over ass against a tree.
Ski trails here in VT can vary from "ideal" conditions to skier packed powder to ice/refroze in the spring and early season. More often than not during the mid winter season they're very well packed powder and skied out and bumpy. The traverse 78 and NNNBC is basically at the mercy of the surface, deflected constantly, hard to actually drive in anything that's not 3" of dry powder on top of consolidated snow.
My issue is that I see folks on heavier touring set ups and they (honestly) look like they're basically snow shoeing for the majority of the day. Skin touring up, walking with a bit of glide on the flats, but they move so nicely downhill that I'm envious of their control.
I don't want to trudge or shuffle, I want to glide, I just want a bit more sidecut and potentially a full heigh light plastic boot with a locking heal so I can actually commit downhill and control myself without just doing a 15minute long snowplow.
Would this be a good place to start given my experience with BC waxless nordic / XCD / light telemark touring? I have never really owned a plastic boot or locking heel binding so I actually don't know what that's like. Last time I downhilled at a resort I was 8 and it was West Virginia so does that even count?
Would love a recommendation for a setup. Is the OBC the one for me?
It looks like you are definitely on the right track and we would certainly be able to help you sort out a few different options that would get you skiing with confidence without sacrificing much else. Go ahead and e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (801) 942-9084 and we will get you all sorted out.
I was also pleased to find how well this ski turns. Even though it's narrow by today's standards it has shined in fresh powder up to 10", soft faceted snow, and even wind affected snow. I have not skied it in firm conditions, but I have the impression it's more of a soft snow ski.
As noted this ski is slower on low angle gliding descents. It does not skate nearly as well as skis without pattern either. Double poling & double poling with kick are good tools to have with these skis.
I have paired this ski with Dynafit PDG (gen 1) boots and Superlite 2.0 bindings. It's a light, capable set up that's brought me a lot of joy!
Sadly to say the scaled version of the Objectives where extremely disappointing. Took them out for the first time this weekend after getting them mounted. On slope performance was good. What was disappointing was the trail ski out was so slow I came to a stop and my team members turned around to start looking for me wondering if I had fallen and hurt myself.
Going in I knew the scales would slow the ski down. But was not expecting that the scales on the skis would deem them un-usable for me. I cannot recommend this ski at all. It is also disappointing that this is not well documented anywhere on dealers or manufacture websites.
Thanks for the tip !
I'm actually hesitating with the Utravector BC in 177 which might be a better all rounder... (and I think ok with tele bindings ?). Anyone has an opinion on whats best ? Is the Objective in 171 really bad in deep powder ?
I was wondering what would be the best length for me ?
I'm 5'10'' and 158lbs.
Plan is to use it as a backcountry ski with light tele / touring cable bindings, with slopes ut to 30/35 degrees..
Thanks for your help !
Coming from a world of Karhu Guides and Fischer S-bounds, when I saw the Objectives it was a "Finally!" Type moment.
An alpine ski with scales and built for modern tech bindings! A game changer. If you need bigger and fatter they've got that to. I ride a revelator bc for that ;) Just got out on my first tour of the season, awkward touring, a dozen turns, and a good ol' bushwhack. They handled great! They floated better than I thought for twigs and they were nice and light! Can't wait for the rest of the season.
Thanks to Skimo.co They mounted my vario 2's perfectly for cheap and the package price was a good deal. Lovin this store. Thanks for the goods.
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