As one of very few, the company develops and produces most of its products in lower Bavaria, Germany. Especially in the field of racing, Völkl is very present. As of this, many World Cup victories have been achieved and Olympic medals won. But Völkl is not only strong on the slopes, it also thrills those, who prefer spending their winter days in deep powder. Due to very close collaborations with racing athletes as well as freeriders, the sports brand is able to develop, improve and optimize its technologies and innovations continuously.
Völkl: „Hightech made where we live and ski“
The company was founded in the 18th century by Georg Völkl, who at that time was producing wagons, boats and sleds. It was not until 1923 that the first alpine ski was developed and a few years later, serial production began. Until now, the year 2017, Völkl is still manufacturing their skis in Straubing in Bavaria. As of this, the company is not only very close to the mountains, but it also demonstrates a sense of responsibility and gives its customers a promise of German quality and tradition.
Today, Völkl is known as one of the leading ski manufacturers. The range of products includes all kinds of equipment needed for winter sports. Skis, as well as poles, climbing skins, backpacks and bags are manufactured.
Since very early on, Völkl’s most prominent Skis have been its race skis. Equipped with the Racetiger Series, it is not only the World Cup athletes that succeed! Thanks to a wide variety of radius, sidecuts and technologies, every athletic skier will be provided with his best fit of skis. Next to this, the RTM, an all mountain ski series, is very popular. This ski is equipped with one of Völkl’s newest innovations: The 3D.Glass. This technology is constructed using multiple-folded glass in the binding area, leading to an increased edge grip and a more vivid rebound behavior in turns. More great skis of highest quality and newest technologies can be found in the areas of freeride, freestyle and backcountry skiing. The backcountry series VTA holds skis ranging from 80 to 108mm under the binding. As of this, whether preferring slim and agile or higher width for that endless powder joy, all backcountry skiers will find their right pick.
Stefano Gross, Ana Drev, Ahmet Dadali and many more – racers as well as professional freeskiers trust the qualitative equipment produced by Völkl. The athletes collaborate closely with the products’ engineers and give constant feedback. As of this, the skis are improved continuously, innovations are born and technologies further developed. In the end, it is not only the professional athletes, but also the non-professional athletes that profit from high quality and newest technologies. One example of this would be the UVO, the very first freely rotating, 360° vibration damper. It minimizes disruptive ski vibrations vertically, horizontally and along the length of the ski. This leads to a smoother overall ride, improved control and more edge grip. Another technology which has been developed by Völkl, being used in All Mountain and Freeride skis, is the V.WERKS High Tech Line. It creates higher performance along with weight reduction by using exclusive material such as carbon or titanal.
Völkl products also profit from its fusions with other companies such as Marker or Dalbello. Together with Marker, a producer of bindings, a fully integrated ski-binding system has been created. This markerbinding leads to great increases in performance.