The Rise Beyond 96 Women's ski is a perfect example of Volkl's gold standard of hard-charging, powder-eating, and corn-slaying skis that are lauded by skiers of all shapes and sizes. The Rise 96 ski is the improved model of last year's Rise 98. Volkl has shaved off two millimeters from the underfoot, yielding a ski that is even easier to turn and more stable on hardpack. The ski is designed with Volkl's 3D Radius Sidecut - three different turning radii along the length of the ski - which enables this ski to handle high-speed long turns as well as quick turns in narrow spots. Rocker in the wide (138mm!) tip keeps you floating through even extra-fluffy Wasatch powder, while the underfoot camber gives you power on harder snow and improves edge hold in conjunction with the full-length sidewall. The Hybrid Tourlite Woodcore is lightweight yet includes strategically placed beech wood to improve binding retention as well as support powerful and aggressive skiers who like to push their gear to the limit. Put simply, the Volkl Women's Rise Beyond 96 is a mid-fat ski that was designed to do it all and be the only ski you need to experience the fullest of what the backcountry has to offer.
- Triple-radius sidecut helps the ski handle all kinds of turns - no matter the speed - and allows you to redirect your turn on a dime.
- Tip rocker is complemented by underfoot camber to help the ski perform in all snow conditions.
- Hybrid Tourlite Woodcore is lightweight on the up but has the perfect balance of stability and pop for fun on the way down.
- Perfect for the first-year tourer who needs a do-it-all ski or the seasoned skinner seeking a compliant ski that won't hold them back on aggressive descents.
Update 2022/23: The Rise Beyond W gets some new (and improved?) graphics.
|Lengths (cm)||156, 163, 170|
|Weight (pair)||2230g 
||Square, flat recession in the tip, notched tail. Compatible with Volkl's Smart Skinclip system|
||Tip rocker, cambered underfoot with a mostly-flat tail|
||Angular tapered tip, triple-radius sidecut, pintail|
||Full vertical sidewall, Hybrid Tourlite Woodcore|
||Underfoot beech enveloped by poplar and paulownia|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Everyday touring and all-purpose skiing|
|Notes||3D Radius Sidecut offers multiple turning radii resulting in a highly maneuverable and nimble ski|
|Bottom Line||Powder hungry tip and versatile construction make this ski a blast in everything from fresh powder to cruddy crusts|
|Compare to other Women's Skis|
Questions & Reviews
K2 Tailback 96
Atomic Backland 98 w
Volkl Blaze 94 w
Volkl Rise Beyond 96 w
Thank you for any assistance and input.
A lot of great ski options on your radar! If you are looking at dedicated touring skis, I will narrow your search to the K2 Talkback (assuming Tailback is a spelling error?), Atomic Backland 98 W, and the Volkl Rise Beyond 96 W, as the Volkl Blaze is more of a crossover ski than dedicated backcountry.
Of the other three remaining skis, I would recommend the Volkl Rise Beyond 96 W. This ski is a great daily driver. It has tons of float in the tip, but camber underfoot for solid edge hold on firmer snow. Also, it is quite damp, and can handle all kinds of crud. It has a surfy and easy to ski profile, and would be a really great ski for anyone from a beginner to someone with years of backcountry experience.
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