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Voile Objective BC Ski

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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.

Specifications
Lengths (cm) 164, 171, 178
Weight
convert to ounces
1020g [164]
1088g [171]
1155g [178]
Weight (pair) 2040g [164]
2176g [171]
2310g [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
Design
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 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
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Questions & Reviews

2/10/2021
Question from Herb
 
I'm 145lbs and with a pack can come in at around 155. Which size should i go with? 164 or 171? What are the pros and cons of each size given my weight?
2/10/2021
Answer from Zak M
 
Hey Herb, when sizing up skis a person's weight is usually only one part of the puzzle. If you wanted to email help@skimo.co with some more info including your height we could gather some good ski options for you.
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2/10/2021
Question from MJS
 
Long format question below:

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?
2/10/2021
Answer from Tim
 
Hi MJS,
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 help@skimo.co or give us a call at (801) 942-9084 and we will get you all sorted out.
Tim
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2/1/2021
Weavin (used product regularly)
 
This ski opened up tour options I would never consider with just skins. Long, flat approaches are faster and more efficient. I kinda forgot how much fun kicking & gliding can be on its own too.

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!
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1/23/2021
Maximillian O (used product a few times)
 
I was super stoked for the scaled versions of the Voile Objectives and was looking forward to easier trail skis out without having to put skins back on and or duck walk up short uphills.

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.
1/30/2021
Reply from TSB
 
Maximillian -- sorry to hear you have not gelled immediately with the particularities of the Objective BC. There's definitely some added drag with the fish scales, especially in wetter snow climates, but in all my years of using and recommending the Voile BC skis I've never heard that someone stopped using them due to the drag issues. One thing I have noticed this model year (2020-21) is that Voile's factory base tuning has gotten slightly less well-finished, so you may want to try putting on a couple coats of wax on the tip and tail and seeing if that changes things at all -- should help a bit with the ski's ability to glide when de-cambered. The more costly and involved, but certainly effective, gliding solution is to use a DPS Phantom treatment over the whole of the ski, including the scales. You can use a brass brush to clean out the scales of any residue once the skis have gone through the whole Phantom process. For me, that's been the ultimate solution to the drag/glopping that I sometimes get on the scales in our warm/sodden Northeastern snow conditions. Hope you can find an easy fix!
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12/4/2020
Comment from Raf
 
Hey Zak,

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 ?
12/5/2020
Reply from jbo
 
Hi Raf, I'm a touch taller than you and I've skied the 171 in lots of powder conditions. If it's deep low density, it does get swallowed up. Anything reasonably dense and right side up it's still fun. But yeah, the 177/178 would be better for that usage.
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12/4/2020
Question from Raf
 
Hi,

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 !
12/4/2020
Answer from Zak M
 
Hey Raf, I would say the 171cm could be a good option for a slightly shorter versatile ski length or the 178cm for a longer more "expert" option. Just a heads Voile does not suggest putting tele bindings on the Objective skis because it does void the warranty.
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10/6/2020
Forrest Stanley (used product a few times)
 
Faster Further Funner!
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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3/30/2020
Question from Rick
 
This ski seems to run short (longest length is 178cm). There is no sizing guidance on Voile's website. For a type II skier who weighs 190 lbs what length do you recommend?
3/31/2020
Answer from TSB
 
Hey Rick, I also check in as a 190lb, type-II skier and I've skied the Objective/Objective BC in both the 171cm and 178cm lengths. They will both serve you well although the 171cm has a little more functionality in the spring on consolidated snow and as a mountaineering ski, while the 178cm has great powder versatility with plenty of rocker to handle deep midwinter snow. If you're coming from longer skis and don't want to size down quite as much, the Hyper Vector BC would also be a great option and comes in 177 and 183cm lengths.
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12/30/2019
Question from Hannah North
 
Hello. Are you going to be getting some more Voile Objective BC in 164 cm in stock?
Thanks
12/31/2019
Answer from TSB
 
Hi Hannah! Given our proximity to Voile here in Salt Lake we could likely dig up a pair for you if you were interested! Give us a shout at help@skimo.co if you wanted to get your hands on some of these rad planks.
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12/21/2018
Question from Yann Troutet
 
Such a great option with the patterned base! But would these skis hold up to the forces involved with telemark bindings (BD, for instance, specifies not to use tele bindings on their Helio skis because the lightweight construction simply doesn't allow for such forces). Would this be a foreseeable issue?
12/23/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Yann! I am going to do a little bit more digging into this question, but I have never heard anyone say that you can't use tele bindings on these skis. Seeing as Voile is still kind of the king of tele, I'd hope that the skis would stand up to it, but I could be wrong there.
12/30/2018
Answer from Thomas W
 
I have put several days on these mounted with Tele bindings (last time was, we'll, today), including trips to the terrain park in addition to backcountry excursions. No issues whatsoever so far
5/1/2019
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Yann, as with the Hyper series skis, Voile says it's "mount at your own risk" with tele bindings.
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10/22/2018
TSB (downright abused product)
 
I've owned these skis since the first year Voile released them (16-17) and since then, have put through the wringer on everything from hut trips, day-long tours, "XCD"-style east coast skiing, short burst of steep skiing with long approaches skinning or hiking, glade laps, setting low-angle skinners on dawn patrols, and so on. Can't imagine a better ski for the jack-of-all-trades backcountry tourer who wants to do everything from hut touring to powder hunting. I recommend these skis, especially paired with a lightweight tech binding and a race-style boot, to anyone I talk to who is looking for an east-coast mixed conditions tool. Surprisingly, however, for a ski that is 80-84cm underfoot, it is definitely a soft snow ski and not a hardpack driver -- the drawbacks of having been tested around SLC, I suppose :-) The rocker gets the ski up and out of deep powder/chunder very effectively, but the soft flex and lack of full camber makes it difficult to edge on firmer snow. If you're between sizes, a bit more effective edge might help with carving, though yo'd sacrifice some kick-turn/hop-turn/on-the-pack functionality.
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9/26/2018
Question from Yann
 
How is the flex on these skis? More exactly, how would it compare to the Voile V6. I telemark on the V6 173 cm but find them too stiff for my weight and style of skiing. I also own an old pair of Madshus Annums. I love the convenience of the BC base and softer flex, but the traditional camber just isn't very nimble. If the Objective offered a more buttery flex than the V6, they might just be my next ski.
9/27/2018
Answer from Nate
 
Hi Yann, while I don't believe the Objective is an overly stiff ski by my or most other people's description, it has a substantial camber and I don't think it's any softer (particularly underfoot) than the V6. In terms of a ski that offers the soft flex you are looking for I would suggest the Elan Ibex 84 Carbon XLT though you would lose the scaled BC base Voile offers.
9/28/2018
Answer from Yann T
 
Great suggestion. Very interesting ski for me. It's nice that the Ibex has a reinforced mounting plate: good for telemark setups. Do you carry the matching Elan Ibex 84 skins?
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