• Völkl Chopstick 2011

      • Review by GregFlik on Nov 18, 2015 @ 11:36 AM
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      • Review:

        I'm 5'11"-6ft Tall and 240lbs for reference.

        These skis are Animals that need to be tamed. Wanted for murder of Pow, and hard pack.

        These Skis made by Volkl were built around the purpose of Skiing pow and being able to float (Practically Fly) on pow, and can charge the F out of hard pack if you can get a nice coat of wax and if you are a bit heavier for more momentum. Super fun skis, and can handle high speeds and are extremely stable with a huge underfoot (128mm) I feel very comfortable going at high speeds and being able to switch at any given moment thanks to their symmetrical shape.

        Their Durability leaves a lot of room for improvement. I've noticed some chipping on the top sheets (It was hard pack to be fair) but everything else looks pristine. Bases and edges are 10/10 after use and top sheets are just a little brittle, but if you are on pow I wouldn't expect as much chipping to occur. Be careful handling near chipped area since you will get splinters. Just a heads up.

        Their style is dank. Super busy design in general, but the symmetrical ski at this size allows to ride switch much more comfortably and allows for a lot of versatility on take offs and much more underfoot allows for more of a landing area when you take flight.

        Fully Reversed camber is made for just Pow. I personally do like it and don't mind it as some people do, but if you like camber, this is your ski.

        Stability goes from person to person. If you are a bigger person like I am, I have more mass to push the skis and am able to control much better compared to someone that is under 180lbs. At high speeds the skis do start clapping and jitter, but that is only the case if not charging and with minimal pressure on the front of the boot and your shin. I do like them, and they do allow for more charge compared to other skis in their size.

        These things are heavy as shit. Compared to any skis at 178 or less these things are heavy. Their swing weight is something that concerns me since if you are a light skier, you may be overtaken by their inertia. Just be sure to take it slow and see how they act on smaller features before trying a 80ft booter.

        Compared to other skis in their class (Line SFBs from my previous review) These are stiff and very welcomed. Typically in these huge planks the flex pattern is something to be desired for pop and for butters in general, but not the chopsticks. IF YOU HAVE THE WEIGHT YOU CAN DO IT ALL. These are for big mfers of skiers and because of their stiff nature its a dream for me since I'm not worried that they will snap on me. Taking on jumps/booters I noticed way more pop on these skis compared to SFBs but compared to specific park skis they would be considered less than average. I've talked to people that I let try them out and if you are under 180lbs you can butter for days with them. At my weight class I like these skis a lot.


        All in all I like them a lot. I would prefer them on fresh snow since that is their god-given reason to exist, but on hard pack if you are a bigger person, you can make groomers and hard pack yours.


        I've included pictures of the sticks with the SFBs I reviewed previously to allow some size comparison.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
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    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • Chopstick
    • Manufacturer:
    • Völkl
    • Year:
    • 2011
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
    • Park
      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Flex
    • Soft
      Stiff
    • Camber
    • Cambered
      Rockered
    • Pop
    • No Pop
      Poppy
    • Stability
    • Jittery
      Stable
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    • Ski Size
    • 185 ( 148-128-148 )
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