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The Volkl Code S is a slalom style ski designed for strong advanced riders who like the piste - we test it out this winter on snow in the resort of Kuhtai, Austria.
volkl code s
Advanced, Expert
Best for
Powerful on-piste skiers who like to rip up groomed slopes
Low speed
Edge hold
High speed
Overall Score

Volkl always seem to produce the kind of skis you'd expect from a German manufacturer - efficient, effective, solid and reliable. Yet, with many of their skis, including the Code S, there's an X factor going on too. Something that transcends the fact they are made with wood and metal - are we suggesting they are a living entity? No, but if you're looking for a ski that seems to have a life of its own, then this is surely the one for you.

Despite being designed in the style of a slalom ski (except slightly wider), to us they felt more like a GS (Giant Slalom) ski as they sweep across the piste, improving with speed and carving long radius turns. Yes, they have rhythm too and short turns come naturally, but you need to be right on top of your game as the rebound from edge to edge is about as powerful as you get in a ski categorised as non-race.

As momentum increases, providing you can stick on the edge and let the skis run, they feel like they are taking control, carrying you down the mountain. It's a great feeling, but don't become complacent because you need to show them who's boss, otherwise they'll get carried away and you'll be left hanging on for dear life on the back seat of your pants.

The full wood core construction comes with a gently tip and tail rocker to aid turn initiation - Volkl say they are 80% piste and 20% powder, but taking them into deep snow would be like dragging Donald Trump into a gay bar, kicking and screaming - we don't think it would be worth it, but then again, at least it would be fun.

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