The Current Volkl Confession vs. Its Predecessor
The new Confession looks quite a bit different from its predecessor, but Volkl assures us it's just a cosmetic update. The red, black and grey color scheme is traded in for a high contrast black and yellow combo which makes the updated graphics pop. Aside from the cosmetic makeover, nothing else has changed.
See the two version below, with the latest prototype on the left, and the model we reviewed on the right.
Since the new Volkl Confession is an exact replica (minus the aesthetics) of the version we reviewed, we don't anticipate any changes in performance. Still, we think it's important to note that the review below reflects the hands-on testing of the previous model.
Hands-On Review of the Previous Volkl Confession
For this review, we tested the 179 cm version of the Confession
. Surely, some of the testers would have been happier with the 186 or 192—but that could be said about many of the skis in this review. Despite its relative shortness, even our biggest testers felt solid while clicked into the Confession
186 Volkl Confession
Stability at Speed
Top-end stability is no doubt the forte of the Confession
. The sandwiched core of poplar, ash, carbon, and titanal gives the ski a stiff but progressive flex that can power through high-speed maneuvers while still dampening chatter. Extra rigidity from the carbon stringers also reduces vibrational deflections. Even in the shortest offered 178 cm, the Confession
has no speed limits; it's scary fast and super stable - it earned one of the highest scores in this metric - an 8 out of 10 - and was only outperformed by the Blizzard Spur
. Comparable contenders include the Head A-Star
and our Editors' Choice Moment Bibby
With titanium reinforcement, the Confession has an incredibly damp and stable ride.
At first glance, the Confession
may not seem like an arc-friendly ski. For skiers used to narrower widths, lighter weights, and softer flexes, it could feel a bit cumbersome and slow edge-to-edge. But once it's laid over, this model locks in and doesn't let go. Compared to other skis in its width, the Confession
is a savage and aggressive carver. Evidently built with the ex-racer in mind, this ski necessitates higher speeds and lots of forward pressure to rail turns.
Burly sidewalls enable the Confession to bite in all kinds of snow.
More lackadaisical carvers would probably prefer the softer, lighter Rossignol Soul 7 HD
, but wouldn't get the same exiting power offered in the Confession
. Comparable models include the Elan Ripstick 116
, which also scored an 8 out of 10, while the Moment Bibby
and Dynastar Cham
were close behind. The Confession
was not outperformed by any other contenders, as an 8 out of 10 was the highest earned score for this metric.
In short, this ski is a champion of crud
, taking home a near perfect score of 9 out of 10 - the highest in the fleet. With all the structural fortifications and tough-as-nails construction, the Confession
has the same dampness we'd expect to find in a metal laminate ski. On both high and low-angle, it eats up anything in its path letting you drive it anywhere you'd like with reckless abandon. Stupendous torsional rigidity keeps your edge locked in even when cranking short radius turns through bumpy chunder. It seems that the harder we pushed this pair of blanks, the more reliable it became. The Blizzard Spur
was the second highest scoring model in this metric and offered near comparable performance, earning a 7 out of 10.
There seems to be no chop the Confession can't handle.
Compared to other skis like the Moment Bibby
and Line Pescado
, we felt the Confession
had less float, less playfulness, and greater stability. While it still managed to stay atop creamy, boot-top hero snow, we found it a little heavy to swing around on low-angle and tight terrain, though it still managed to earn a 7 out of 10. Similar to how it carves, the Confession
performs better when pushed fast through deep snow, and was outperformed by the Blizzard Spur
(9 out of 10) and the Line Pescado
(10 out of 10).
Deep turns for the Confession.
By nature, the Confession
isn't a blatantly playful ski. Unless you consider shredding spines and stomping mandatory drops to be playful. Then, it's really playful. But the directional, stiff nature of this ski didn't feel as stunty as, say, the Atomic Backland Bent Chetler
or Moment Bibby
. Lacking pop and buttery spin abilities, we felt that other skis performed better in this metric.
Overall, we felt that the Confession
was a very capable and dynamic ski on ever-changing snow conditions. The combination of aggressive edge hold, top-end stability, and crud-busting stamina make it a very solid choice for strong skiers looking to go fast all day. While there might be better options for dedicated floatation, this is a very well-rounded powder ski
, outperformed in this metric only by the Rossignol Soul 7 HD
Eating up some variable conditions; no sweat for the Confession.
This is a bonafide big-mountain line slayer. If you like getting puckered atop steep chutes and chossy cliffs, then you'll find a friend in the Confession
. While it could also have great utility on your next cat or heli adventure, this competitor is a bit on the heavy side to serve as a backcountry crossover ski. It's more likely to serve you as an inbounds, all-mountain enforcer.
For a middle-of-the-road MSRP, the Confession
is a good value. Not only is this ski built to last but it's also capable of tearing it up on more than just powder days.
We loved this ski. Even in the shortest length available, we felt that the Confession
was eager to send in any and all conditions. It is a damp and powerful ski that will crush big lines with ease. Furthermore, its ability to power through chop means that you won't find yourself frustrated when you venture out of the deep stuff. All in all, the Confession is badass big-mountain powder ski.
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