Ski: 2019-2020 Volkl Revolt 121, 184 cm
Available Lengths: 177, 184, 191 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 182.2 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2240 & 2250 grams
Stated Dimensions: 143-121-135 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 142.5-120.4-134.2 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm): 19.2 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 87 mm / 53 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 4-5 mm
Core: Multi-wood core + fiberglass laminate
Base: P-Tex 3000
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -2.8 cm from center; 88.3 cm from tail
Volkl’s playful powder skis haven’t undergone a lot of change over the past several years. What started with the One, Two, and Three turned into the Bash 116, Revolt 124, and Bash 135, but the actual construction of the skis wasn’t changed.
For 19/20 Volkl is moving in a whole new direction, ditching those previous skis and introducing a brand-new model — the Revolt 121. You may have seen the new Revolt 121 on a few big-mountain podiums this year, most notably under the feet of 2019 Freeride World Tour overall champion, Markus Eder:
Volkl has been hyping up the level of athlete input that’s gone into the creation of the Revolt 121, and they definitely have the team to back that up. The likes of Markus Eder, Sam Smoothy, Fabio Studer, Colter Hinchliffe, Tanner Rainville, Paddy Graham, and Tom Ritsch all apparently provided feedback on the design of the new ski. And the ski’s engineer, Lucas Romain, is a pretty talented freestyle rider, himself.
So what’s the result of all that athlete feedback, and how does the Revolt 121 compare to the rest of the market?
Shape / Rocker Profile
Volkl’s previous freestyle pow skis did have some early taper, but their shapes were pretty straight, with the tips and tails not tapering to much of a point. The Revolt 121 changes that.
The Revolt 121 has pretty dramatic taper lines, with the contact points of the ski being fairly close to the middle of the ski. The Revolt 121’s tips taper to more of a point than the Bash 116 or Revolt 124 that it effectively replaces. In the tail, the Revolt 121 still has pretty deep taper lines, but it has more of a blunted tail shape.
The Revolt 121’s rocker profile also stands out. It has a ton of tip splay (87 mm) and a pretty high tail (54 mm tail splay). And the Revolt 121’s rocker lines are also quite deep, being a bit deeper than some other freestyle skis like the Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro and Rossignol Black Ops 118, and similarly deep compared to others like the K2 Catamaran.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Revolt 121:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
The Revolt 121 has a pretty round flex pattern, with the very ends of the tails being just slightly softer than the tips. The ends of the ski are pretty soft, but it pretty quickly and smoothly stiffens up as you move to the middle of the ski.
Given that Volkl’s athletes are not only using this ski to throw tricks and land switch, but are also skiing it on some seriously consequential lines, the Revolt 121’s flex pattern seems to make sense. It’s accessible at the ends, but there’s a pretty big, solid section around the middle.
Overall, the Revolt 121’s flex pattern reminds us of the flex patterns of the Moment Wildcat and Rossignol Black Ops 118 (two skis we really like). The Revolt 121 is a bit softer overall vs. the Wildcat, and is a bit stiffer at the very ends vs. the Black Ops 118.
The Revolt 121 has a very progressive / forward recommended mount point of around -2.8 cm from center. That puts it in line with other freestyle skis like the Black Ops 118, Line Outline, and Prior CBC.
During our testing, we’ll be skiing the Revolt 121 with the bindings moved around that recommended line to get a better idea of how it responds to different skiing styles.
The old Volkl freestyle pow skis were heavy. Like, really heavy. The stated weight for the 186 cm Revolt 124 was 2700 grams per ski (!!!).
Volkl has been emphasizing the Revolt 121’s lower weight, and it is true that it’s lighter than its predecessors. But at around 2245 grams per ski for the 184 cm version, the Revolt 121 still isn’t some ultralight ski. That’s not something we have a problem with.
We’ve come to really like skis that are both playful and stable, and many of the skis that fit those criteria are not super light. The Revolt 121 isn’t as hefty as the 184 cm Catamaran or 186 cm Black Ops 118, but the Revolt 121 is still heavier than many skis in its class. So we’re very curious to see how the Revolt 121 compares to the other playful, fairly heavy skis out there.
For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.
1710 & 1744 Atomic Bent Chetler 120, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
1808 & 1809 Line Pescado, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
1910 & 1941 Scott Scrapper 115, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1931 & 1959 Volkl BMT 122, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2013 & 2099 Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2019 & 2051 K2 Mindbender 116C, 186 cm (19/20)
2024 & 2031 Line Outline, 186 cm (19/20)
2034 & 2052 Blizzard Rustler 11, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2043 & 2046 4FRNT Inthayne, 188 cm (18/19-19/20)
2102 & 2137 Line Sick Day 114, 190 cm (17/18–19/20)
2126 & 2173 Rossignol Super 7 RD, 190 cm (17/18–19/20)
2130 & 2130 Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro, 190 cm (18/19–19/20)
2130 & 2213 Faction Candide 4.0, 188 cm (19/20)
2133 & 2133 Salomon QST 118, 192 cm (17/18–18/19)
2183 & 2190 Black Crows Anima, 188.4 cm (17/18–19/20)
2196 & 2199 Icelantic Nomad 115, 191 cm (17/18–18/19)
2220 & 2252 Faction Prodigy 4.0, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
2212 & 2215 Armada ARV 116 JJ, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2222 & 2278 Prior CBC, 184 cm (17/18–19/20)
2228 & 2231 Blizzard Spur, 192 cm (17/18–19/20)
2230 & 2250 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 115, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2240 & 2250 Volkl Revolt 121, 184 cm (19/20)
2246 & 2265 Fischer Ranger 115 FR, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
2267 & 2270 Whitedot Ragnarok 118, 190 cm (16/17–18/19)
2296 & 2309 Liberty Origin Pro, 192 cm (17/18–19/20)
2297 & 2317 K2 Catamaran, 184 cm (17/18–19/20)
2341 & 2357 Dynastar PR-OTO Factory, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2343 & 2360 J Skis Friend, 189 cm (18/19)
2346 & 2351 Nordica Enforcer Pro, 191 cm (17/18–19/20)
2382 & 2395 ON3P Billy Goat, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
2408 & 2421 ON3P Kartel 116, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
2429 & 2437 Kingswood SMB, 188 cm (16/17–18/19)
2438 & 2480 DPS Foundation Koala 119, 189 cm (19/20)
2438 & 2492 Rossignol Black Ops 118, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)
2490 & 2529 K2 Catamaran, 191 cm (17/18–19/20)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) The Revolt 121 was apparently designed with a lot of input from some very hard-charging skiers who also like to throw big tricks. So just how playful will it feel, and what about stability at speed?
(2) The Revolt 121 has a lot of taper and rocker, so how surfy and loose will it feel?
(3) What about not-so-deep conditions? Will the Revolt 121’s taper and rocker detract from its performance in less ideal conditions?
(4) The Revolt 121 is fairly heavy for its size, so how will it compare to other playful, heavier skis like the Rossignol Black Ops 118, DPS Koala F119, and Prior CBC?
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Volkl Revolt 121 looks like a fresh evolution of the brand’s playful pow skis. Its shape and rocker profile are now more in line with many other modern playful pow skis, but it maintains a bit of the heft and stiffness of the old Volkl skis that could give it an edge on the lighter, softer pow skis out there when it comes to stability. We’ll be getting the Revolt 121 on snow soon, so stay tuned for updates.