2022 Völkl Secret 96

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Tricia: Völkl has had women’s skis with a strong following, but none more than the Aura, which came on the scene in 2007 with a 94mm waist. Most of us evolve as we age -- as did the Aura, who got a little fatter and changed her shape through the years (something I can relate to ...). I thought some of the changes were solid improvements and others were head scratchers. When the Aura made her final appearance in 2018, she was at her widest (100 mm underfoot) and had reverse camber.

The Aura was retired in 2019 and the Secret 92 was introduced, offering a more playful feel to the lineup. The Secret had a bigger sweet spot and made the mountain more accessible for more women. After being on the market for two years, she got a makeover, and a very nice one at that.

Enter the Secret 96: with Tailored Titanal Frame, Tailored Carbon Tip, and 3D Radius sidecut, this is a ski that promises a consistent experience for every skier. My first impression was, Wow this is light; it almost feels like like a carbon ski. After the first run, my second impression was, But it doesn’t ski like a carbon ski. Light skis often have a vague tip initiation and some vibration, but not this one. The Secret 96 engages well and holds an edge like you expect from Völkl. It’s a ski that will satisfy the Völkl enthusiast as well as tease the woman who has longed for her beloved Aura, but with a fresh look and feel that bring her into the new decade.

I would really like to get on the 170 to see the difference in the construction between the 163 and 170. I would probably be happy with either size in my quiver.
  • Insider tip: This is a ski that could make you happy in more than one length.
 
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Who is it for?
Someone looking for an all-mountain ski that has a playful side anda serious side.
Who is it not for?
The timid skiers.
Skier ability
Advanced, Expert
Ski category
All Mountain
Ski attributes
Moguls, Off Piste, Trees
Segment
Men

Specifications

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Available sizes
149, 156, 163, 170
Dimensions
135-96-119
Radius
24.1/14.2/[email protected]
Rocker profile
Camber with tip and tail rocker
Construction design
All new
Binding options
Flat
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AmyPJ

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These sound like a ski I need to get on. The Secret 92 was a bit of a handful for me, but there was a lot about it that I really, really liked. A ski with carbon that doesn't ski like a ski with carbon? I'm intrigued. Some of the skis with a lot of carbon are not my cuppa tea. It seems the manufacturers are starting discover a nice blend of wood, titanal, and carbon make for a nice feel on the snow, and now they are designing different layups of the three materials.
 

Polly357

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I have the original 92 and it’s my favorite ski. That said, I’m curious about the 96. I do wish the 92 had more tip rocker but I’m hoping the 96 maintains the original stiffness. @Tricia am I looking for a unicorn?!
 

Luqi

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These are the same skis as Mantra M6 right(other than different top sheet and length options)? An opportunity for mix and match!
 

Twynam

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I have the102 secret from a couple of years ago. I am just wondering how the 96mms secret compares?
 

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