The new Volkl RTM 81 blends the technologies between the two most popular RTM models the RTM 84 and RTM 80. Made for the advanced to expert skier the 81 has the XTD Transmission Sidewalls that have reinforcement channels over the sidewalls and edges of the ski to keep it stable through your entire turn, regardless of the snow conditions, and they will improve your edge hold and power on firm snow. The 81 mm waist is best suited for spending most of your time on the trail, but has the ability to venture off from time to time. A single layer of steel increases the power of the RTM 81, and will provide you with a nice stable ride at all speeds. The Full Rocker Profile locks the RTM 81 in to place at the apex of your turns, absorbs negative vibrations from crud, and will help you pivot with ease in variable snow. The Extended Sensorwood Core is one of the most advanced full wood cores in skiing that extends upward and lengthwise, for unshakeable torsional strength. If you like a ski that has a damp feel, that will be stable at high speeds that prefers medium to long radius turns, the all new Volkl RTM 81 will not disappoint you.
Trey, just got done skiing the RTM 81 from Volkl. I'm going to give this ski 4.5 out of 5 stars. I think this ski is an excellent ski for anyone who is an advanced-intermediate to expert skier, living on the East Coast or in the Midwest, skiing the front of the mountain, pretty much all the time. Totally rips on hard snow, it's got a ton of energy, great edge hold, it's very, very stable in between turns, like you don't really have to think about it and you can push on it as hard as you want. So, if you're a real strong skier, or a progressing advanced-intermediate who really wants to get better, this could be a great ski for you.
Kyle here with the Volkl RTM 81. I'm going to give this ski a 4 out of 5. You know, I actually really like the RTM series. This one especially if you're looking for a quick, hard carving, edge to edge ski. This is good for your intermediate to expert ski, and yeah, if you're trying to charge the front of the mountain, this is it.
Hi, I'm Steve and I just got off the RTM 81, this is the new ski in the Volkl RTM line. There used to be an 80 and an 84, there still is, but now there's an 81 in between. I give this 5 out of 5 stars, this ski blew me away. It was extremely fast and poppy, it pushes you out of the turn, really quick to the next turn. Amazing edge hold, loves to do short radius turns, it can do long too, but it really wants to turn quick and fast. I think this could be a great ski for that aspiring advanced skier who really wants to become better. The ski can definitely turn at slow speeds, but it's amazing at faster speeds when you get on top of it and really ride it. So, I really recommend this ski for those guys that are skiing West or East, hard pack and groomed runs, but wants a ski that can really take off and have amazing stability.
This is Hans. I just came off the Volkl RTM 81. The RTM 81 is a new ski in the Volkl range. It's a lot of ski underneath the foot, it's really good short and medium radius turns. It's definitely a ski that is designed for somebody that wants to stay on a really poppy ski. I give this a 4 out of 5.
Hey, this is Tyler here with the Volkl RTM 81. I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. It's a pretty great front side, carving ski. It's good for long turns, it holds a lot of stability in those powerful turns on the front side. So, if you're, you know, anyone that's probably an intermediate to advanced intermediate, I think you'll like this ski.
Q: I am looking at the RTM81. I am 5'10''. 170lbs. I like to aggressively ski groomers most of the time. I am currently skiing on Salomon RS800ti skis at 170 length and like them. I was wondering if you recommend the RTM81's in the 171 or the 176 for me. I like to ski fairly fast on groomed runs. I was unsure when dealing with the full rocker design Thanks--Dave
Asked : Apr 16, 2014
By : DownhillDave, Ogden, Utah
A: Based on your stats and skill level, I would recommend a ski like the Volkl RTM 81 in the 176cm length. This should provide you with an ideal combination of nimbleness, stability and speed for your skill level and skiing type.
Answered : Apr 17, 2014
By : Dru, Customer Care
Q: I am 32, been on the mountain since 3. All East coast, I ski aggressively, but a 9 year hiatus has a once advanced skier down a notch. I am back and looking to buy new gear for the end of this season and next... At 5'11" and 275lbs, is this ski a good fit?
A: The Volkl RTM 81's are designed for the advanced to expert level skier, and would be a good selection for you if you think you will be able to pick up the sport again quickly.
Answered : Feb 26, 2014
By : Dru, Customer Care
I am an experienced advanced skier. I weigh 375 pounds, 6'3" tall
Will the 1.81m Volkl RTM 81 work for me?
Are thr bindings suitable for my needs or is there another marker binding yo would recommend instead?
A: Based on your stats and skill level, I would actually recommend going to the 181cm Volkl RTM 81's for a solid set of sticks.
Answered : Feb 13, 2014
By : Dru, Customer Care
Q: So, I'm thinking about this ski. I had an old G4 that I loved, 177 length. Then when I was sick the husband got me a 724 Pro in 163 because I was frail. Still like it, but it's worn out. Then he got me some kind of K2 women's powder ski that I HATED. Now I'm wondering whether the RTM 81 would be best for me in a 166 or a 171? I'm a woman, 5'5", but I'm heavier than most men. I'm old, so I mostly ski trails, but sometimes I follow the big boys. I really think the 81 is my next ski, but not sure about that length. Any suggestions?
Asked : Nov 05, 2013
By : Dogula, South Lake Tahoe, CA
A: The Volkl RTM 81's would be a solid choice for all mountain skiers looking for a hard carving on any slopes but especially groomers and on piste carving. As for length, all modern parabolic models are going to be based mostly on weight, so without knowing specifics I couldn't say for certain.