Volkl calls the 90Eight their most versatile ski, and it’s hard to disagree with that statement. While it lacks the upper-end stability of a Mantra, it makes up for it with its overall character. These things are stable, quick, light, and snappy. At 98 mm underfoot, they’re going to float up and over a fair amount of snow, and with the wood core, they’re far from abusive or demanding. They do, however, have a lot of pop and energy thanks to the 3D Ridge and 3D Glass build. By placing the majority of the mass in the central spine of the ski, the vibrations are kept to a minimum. The larger fiberglass laminate makes the skis stiffer and more responsive, and our testers loved the overall feeling of the skis.