Volkl's Ride The Mountain skis, or RTM for short, are front side carvers at heart but with enough versatility to justify their inclusion in the all mountain category.
The German company's innovation for the RTM range this season is the addition of its 3D.Glass tech, a preformed fibreglass layer that wraps the skis from edge to edge. Volkl says it improves aspects such as rebound, torsional stability, edge grip and makes the ski more reliable in icy conditions.
The RTM 84 had a fierce grip anyway last season (16-17) and remains an absolute piste cruncher. The 3D.Ridge running up the middle of the skis allows weight to be saved on the sides and they are nimble for their size.
A layer of steel ensures the RTM 84 are super stable at speed and just makes you want to point the tips downhill and rail to your heart's content, while the use of carbon fibre underfoot and the UVO vibration dampeners in the tips also work their magic.
Skis this good on piste shouldn't perform as well as they do in soft snow. Despite all the funky tech aimed to keeping the weight down, the RTM 84 is still a chunky beast, but doesn't have the float of some all mountain skis - but they are perfectly workable in soft snow and thump through crud with ease.
The RTM range starts at 73mm width and goes up to 86, and we'd suggest the RTM 86 - which also swaps out the 84's steel sheet for titanium - are also well worth considering alongside their smaller brother.