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|
|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 mountaineering|
|Notes||Easy to ski, confidence inspiring|
|Bottom Line||Versatile mountaineering ski|
|Compare to other Low-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
Looking for some new distance-touring skis. And have been eyeing the Objectives (more likely the BC version) since it came out. My concerns, I'm a powerful, aggressive skier, who tries to fill the slope with turns (maximum turns per inch), and 5'10", 190# + pack. I also will probably drill them with inserts for 22 Designs and a pin binding. Likelihood is that they'll see time all over the US Rockies, and PNW volcanoes.
Wanting to know A) length recommendation? B) is this the right ski or are there better options?
Current BC setups are 188 Carbon Megawatts, 184 4FRNT Ravens, 178 K2 Wayback 88s.
Length recommendation: My vote is for 171cm. 178cm if you're only going to be using it on lower angle, faster terrain that's mostly soft snow based. If it's going to be a mountaineering/steep ski and you will also be using it in powder then the 171cm definitely is the winner there.
I can't really think of a poor application for this ski except for bumpy, icy 50° couloirs. Everything else besides that and it's amazing...it's just not the most confident steep ski when things get super firm.
Also, I have access to my wifes 163cm Hagan (around 8yrs old, no idea the model, green top sheet, around 1100g/ski, 65mm waist). Since she doesn't mind me using them, I'm thinking of saving some $$ and just using that for spring missions. Its a ripper on tight turns at the resort. Is 163 too short? I have little experience skiing a shorter length ski.
Keep in mind that even if the 178cm skis short, you still have to carry, kick turn, and most importantly, jump turn the full 178cm of length, so make sure you factor that in. Also, race skis really shine in technical terrain. They don't have the brute force that some heavier, wider skis have but they really are amazing peak bagging tools. You can't go wrong.
Voile killed it with this ski. Their light weight is a boon while skinning and I hardly notice them on my back when putting in a booter. Ski performance is fantastic. The rockered tips keep me smiling in funky snow, they turn on demand, and they hold an edge better than an OCD gardener. I've skied everything from bullet proof to firm to corn to wind-affected to creamy wind buff and they've handled it all with gusto.
All the light, all the right, all the fun, and made in the USA!
The Objective carries the easy skiing, bulldozing, performance enhancing shape that "New-School" fat skis (AKA, everything from Voile and DPS) are known for, except in a lightweight package capable of cruising past your buddies on their fat skis. Tip rocker is plentiful, which helps in variable conditions that we encounter literally everywhere in the backcountry. The tail does turn up a fair amount which helps it release from turns quicker and makes challenging conditions less challenging.
Underfoot support is where the "contradicting performance" aspect of my review comes in to play. The tip and tail are soft, which helps it float, but underfoot it seems to be the perfect stiffness that other 80mm waisted skis are known for. Carving turns on hard snow is a breeze, holding a solid edge on steep ice is confidence inspiring, yet excessive flotation in soft snow or variable snow is where most 80mm mountaineering skis fall short. The Objective seems to be capable of it all, surprisingly. Voile hit the nail on the head with this one.
Tip notches, tip rocker, easy going price tag, durable top sheet, sturdy construction, and a very competitive weight place the Objective squarely at the top of the list for my favorite ski yet.
Great question. The answer is actually all of them. It's going to be more a question of your preferred skiing style and features that you value the most.
For example, the Objective is the lightest of the three and the only one featuring a tip notch for skins. The Helio 88 is the only one with a sidewall construction. The DPS is, well, a DPS and everything that entails (easy skiing in most any condititon, profiled to excel in mixed snow conditions, etc).
I would make base my choice of the three on the characteristics and features that I preferred the most. You really can't go wrong, all three are awesome skis.
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