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With strong competition in this season's freeride category, we test whether the unchanged Volkl Secret 92 can still old its own

Level
Advanced
Flex Rating
0
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
Strong all mountain skiers who prefer a ski with freeride-character
Price
£600
Season
2020/21
lengths
149, 156, 163, 170
Bindings?
No
Float
9
Versatility
10
Playfulness
9
Energy
9
Value
8
Stability
10
Overall Score
9
+
A great freeride/all mountain crossover
It's pricey

Amongst a newly structured Volkl range, the Secret 92 still stands out both for sheer good looks - those shapely lines and an attractive colourway - and for the obvious mass appeal it should garner.

It is on the narrow side for an out-and-out freeride model, but it still more than justifies its place, largely due to great stability and playfulness. The manageable dimensions mean it would make an ideal 'intro to freeride' type ski, but that's not to say it's aimed at beginners. Far from it.

This is a capable ride all over the mountain, and the dimensions make for excellent all mountain versatility; the titanal frame construction provides superb edge hold on firm snow and stiffness where needed, whereas the rocker profile combined with softer, lighter cork in the sizeable front shovel and tail help with float in softer snow. The longer lengths aid with stability in softer powder too.

In spring corn it skis a dream, and although it's a bit unstable hitting wind crust, it makes up for this in being nimble and easy to switch edge-to-edge.

The price may put many people off, especially as bindings aren't included, but there is still a case for it being a value for money ski, given it is a genuine quiver of one contender.