The Volkl Blaze 86 Skis takes the construction and overall theme of the wider Blaze 94 and 106 and repackages it in a narrower, and impressively affordable option. The Volkl Blaze 86 uses the same Hybrid Multilayer wood core found in the wider Blaze models, but drops the underfoot sheet of titanal to bring the weight down even further. You still get the rubber Suspension Tips and Tails, which do a great job reducing excess chatter and vibrations in the extremities of the ski. In terms of shape, you get camber underfoot with tip and tail rocker, although the rocker is less pronounced than the 94 and 106 versions. We also get Volkl's 3D Radius design, which utilizes a shorter radius underfoot and longer radii in the tips and tails. You can more easily make different turn shapes and styles. The longer radius tips and tails are less catchy than if they kept that same short radius from underfoot, which helps a lot in bumps, trees, and basically anytime you want to release your edges. There are a few different applications for the Blaze 86. It's an excellent choice for an intermediate skier who wants a versatile all-mountain ski and doesn't require a tremendous amount of torsional stiffness or stability at speed. It's also certainly light enough to use as a touring ski, especially in places like the East that don't receive a lot of natural snow. The Volkl Blaze 86 will appeal to a wide variety of skiers and applications making it the true work horse of the Blaze line up.