2020-2021 Volkl Revolt 104

Ski: 2020-2021 Volkl Revolt 104, 188 cm

Available Lengths: 172, 180, 188 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 186.7 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1973 & 1997 grams

Stated Dimensions: 132-104-122 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 131.4-103.6-121.6 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (188 cm): 22.5 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 68.5 mm / 43 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3.5 mm

Core: multi-wood core + fiberglass laminate

Base: sintered P-Tex 2100

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -1.75 cm from center; 91.6 cm from tail

Luke Koppa reviews the Volkl Revolt 104 for Blister
20/21 Volkl Revolt 104 Top Sheet
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

Last year we reviewed a new ski from Volkl — the Revolt 121. And turns out, several of us really liked it. It’s a ski that’s very surfy and playful, yet also quite damp and stable enough to ski hard (just check out Markus Eder’s FWT runs from last year for proof of that…).

But Volkl’s freestyle lineup had a very big gap in it, with nothing between the 121mm-wide Revolt 121 and the park-oriented, 95mm-wide Revolt 95.

That changes for 20/21, with the introduction of the brand-new Revolt 104. Volkl says about the new ski: “park, piste, and backcountry, one ski for every kind of freestyle skiing.”

We’re hoping to spend at least some time on the Revolt 104 this spring / summer, but for now, let’s see how its design compares to the competition.

Shape / Rocker Profile

Unlike the Revolt 95 & Revolt 87, which are both very traditionally shaped skis with little taper, the Revolt 104 looks much more similar to the Revolt 121. It’s definitely not as radically tapered as the much wider Revolt 121, but the Revolt 121 is more tapered than some similarly wide, freestyle-oriented skis like the Line Sir Francis Bacon, Armada ARV 106, and K2 Reckoner 102. Overall, the Revolt 104’s shape isn’t super far off from the Moment PB&J, Faction Prodigy 3.0, & J Skis Vacation.

When it comes to rocker profile, the Revolt 104 looks pretty radical for a 104mm-wide ski. While it has a bit of camber underfoot, it has very deep tip & tail rocker lines. Its tip rocker line is significantly deeper than its tail rocker line, but both of those rocker lines are very subtle and low-slung, similar to the Volkl Blaze 106 and in contrast to the Revolt 121’s very splayed-out rocker profile. While I’d still call the Revolt 104’s tail a twin, it’s not super high with our pair’s tail splay measuring at 43 mm.

There aren’t many skis in this width that have deeper rocker lines than the Revolt 104, though due to how subtle the Revolt 104’s rocker lines are, we’re very curious to see how loose vs. precise it feels in a variety of conditions.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Revolt 104:

Tips: 7-7.5
Shovels: 7.5-8
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-9.5
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8
Tails: 7.5-6.5

Especially compared to other freestyle-oriented skis, the Revolt 104 is pretty strong, particularly in its tips and shovels. The Revolt 104’s flex pattern is pretty symmetrical, though the very end of the Revolt 104’s tails is actually a bit softer than the tip, which may help its somewhat-low (for a freestyle ski) tail plane up better in soft snow. And another interesting thing is that the Revolt 104’s flex pattern doesn’t ramp up as quickly as many skis; while the Revolt 104’s tips and shovels are what I’d call “stronger than average” for a ski in this class, its flex feels more consistent for longer as you move from those shovels to the middle of the ski. Looking at the core profile, that seems to make sense — unlike many skis, the Revolt 104’s core doesn’t get dramatically thicker until you get pretty close to the bindings, which would at least partially explain its slow ramp-up in stiffness.

The two freestyle-oriented skis that come to mind when flexing the Revolt 104 are the Moment PB&J and the 19/20 Faction Prodigy 3.0. All three of these skis feel quite strong, given their playful design intentions. The PB&J is similar at the ends but it stiffens up quicker and is stronger through most of the ski. The 17/18–19/20 Prodigy 3.0 is a bit stronger overall, most notably at the ends, though after hand-flexing the 20/21 Prodigy 3.0 at Outdoor Retailer this year, the 20/21 version of that ski feels notably softer than the previous version and is likely a bit more in line with the Revolt 104’s flex pattern, if not softer.

Mount Point

If there was any doubt about the Revolt 104’s freestyle orientation, just check out its mount point. Our pair’s recommended line measured at just under -2 cm from true center, which is very far forward, especially compared to the mount points on skis like the Prodigy 3.0, Moment Wildcat 108, & Moment Meridian 107. The Revolt 104’s recommended mount point is in line with the Line Sir Francis Bacon, Armada ARV 106, & the K2 Reckoner 102’s “Team” line.

The Revolt 121’s mount point is also close to -2 cm from true center, but I found that I could still drive that ski pretty hard through the shovels (more so when mounted 2 cm behind its recommended line), so we’re curious to see if the same is true of the Revolt 104.

Weight

The Revolt 121 is a pretty hefty ski. Not so with the Revolt 104.

At an average measured weight of 1985 grams per ski for the 188 cm length, the Revolt 104 is pretty light. Its weight is not far off from the K2 Reckoner 102, Line Sir Francis Bacon, & Moment PB&J, but notably lighter than skis like the Prodigy 3.0, ON3P Jeffrey 108, & Armada ARV 106.

For reference, here are our measured weights for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to keep things apples to apples.

1787 & 1793 Fauna Pioneer, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–20/21)
1875 & 1881 Line Sir Francis Bacon, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1896 & 1942 K2 Reckoner 102, 184 cm (20/21)
1903 & 1912 Moment PB&J, 188 cm (19/20)
1973 & 1997 Volkl Revolt 104, 188 cm (20/21)
2002 & 2014 J Skis Allplay, 184 cm (16/17–20/21)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2006 & 2065 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2019 & 2022 Rossignol BLACKOPS Holyshred, 182 cm (18/19–20/21)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2049 & 2053 Whitedot Altum 104, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2067 & 2074 Line Blend, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
2079 & 2105 Kastle FX106 HP, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2080 & 2089 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm (17/18–19/20)
2089 & 2105 Nordica Soul Rider 97, 185 cm (12/13–20/21)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2111 & 2125 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19–20/21)
2113 & 2140 Armada ARV 106, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
2126 & 2136 ON3P Magnus 102, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
2133 & 2134 Faction Prodigy 3.0, 183 cm (18/19–19/20)
2144 & 2153 K2 Marksman, 184 cm (16/17–19/20)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2170 & 2180 Dynastar M-Free 108, 182 cm (20/21)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2202 & 2209 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2221 & 2245 ON3P Jeffrey 108, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
2222 & 2229 Dynastar Menace 98, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2240 & 2250 Volkl Revolt 121, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) Volkl says the Revolt 104 is designed to handle everything from the park to the backcountry, so will it feel more like a fat park ski, a narrow freeride ski, or equally comfortable in both scenarios?

(2) Given its near-center recommended mount point, how well will it respond to a more directional skiing style?

(3) The Revolt 104 is a pretty lightweight ski, so how stable will it feel when skiing fast in variable snow?

(4) How much similarity is there between the Revolt 121 & Revolt 104?

Bottom Line (For Now)

The Volkl Revolt 104 will fill a void that’s been in Volkl’s lineup for years, and we’re excited about the new ski. With very deep rocker lines, a pretty tapered shape, and a fairly low weight, it doesn’t look super similar to many other skis on the market. Stay tuned for our on-snow impressions.

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4 comments on “2020-2021 Volkl Revolt 104”

  1. The geometry and sidecut are very similar to our Primary 104. It’ll be interesting to hear how those deep rocker lines ski and fit into the Revolt 104’s overall personality.

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