Volkl Coal - 2010


Born and bred for critical high speed descents down burly couloirs and World Cup boarder-cross courses. The Volkl Coal is race pedigree in a freeride shape. The Coal packs a stiff flex, large sidecut radius (10m on the 167!), carbon and aramid weave for stiffness, AVS gel and rubber integrated damping and a VRL sintered base (A Volkl snowboard piloted by Darren Powell with the VRL sintered base recently clocked 202km/h!). The Coal is a monster ready to be unleashed, just remember your cat-suite and life insurance! Ejector seat not included.

Manufacturer's Description:

Harder, better, faster, stronger! Because of its true freeride shape the Coal is active, fast and responsive. Derived from the aerospace industry the Cellcore technology reduces unnecessary weight. A special core ensures maximum stability and control as well as great reflex power. An integrated Anti-Vibrations-System perfectly absorbs all shocks and vibrations in harsh conditions on the groomers. Difficult terrain is no problem thanks to the Smart Torsion Inlay which distributes all torsional forces harmonically along the entire length of the board. Experience maximum acceleration and unrivalled gliding properties thanks to the VRL Splitbase with added graphite. It’s the whole package – it’s a 100% race edition!

Recommended for freeride riding Recommended for big mountain riding Very high cost snowboard Camber construction Directional Shape

Year: 2010

Available Lengths (cm):
158, 162, 167

Riding Style: Freeride



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Snowboard Review:

Snowboardcross riders, big mountain chargers and speed freaks take note; if you thought you’d been fast on a snowboard you haven’t ridden the Volkl Coal! Probably one of the most stable, lightening quick, and edge sure boards on the market; take this thing through a Snowboardcross track and you’ll lay all the competition to waste……trust me. Until I took this board for a spin I didn’t really see the point in going fast, unless I was running into a big jump. The Coal managed to change my opinion for an entire day; I found myself straight-lining everything and carving so aggressively that at times my chin was no more than 10cm from the snow.

Everything about this board screams premium materials and quality. From the Volkl Race Lab PTEX 4000 splitbase, which is the fastest base I’ve ridden by a long way, to the; Carbon, Aramid and Fibreglass weave’s that layer this board. There is also ridiculous dampening under foot helped by the Cellcore inlays and AVS system; this board was so solid and damp that I found myself straight-lining crud and mogul fields.

Despite being unbelievable on the piste and on the Snowboardcross track the Coal is great fun in the backcountry. If Matt Goodwill was still riding in competitions then this would be his board of choice…..you can literally charge steep faces like Johan Olofsson in TB5 (if you don’t know what I’m talking about then have a look on Youtube). The Coal has a surprisingly floaty freeride shape and has no problem ploughing through variable snow conditions and sticking big drops.

Now to who’s going to get the most out of the Volkl Coal. In all honesty this board would only really suit a rider that is very experienced, powerful and likes charging everywhere. If you’re chilled out easy rider then you may want something that is a little more forgiving and requires less energy to ollie and pop out of turns, especially in the deep stuff. This board is very rigid both torsionally and longitudinally, the result of a ridiculous amount of reinforcements. My only criticism is that as a consequence of all the materials used to make it perform so well the Coal isn’t the lightest of boards; but if you’re riding snowboardcross and charging steep faces that won’t really matter. Just remember never to take it on the rails because you’re more likely to snap that rail/box than you are the board!!!!!!!

Posted by Tom Ewbank in • Volkl

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Maciek on January 15, 2011 at 07:45 PM

I’m an intermediate rider who rides on groomed runs.  I’m 6’ and weigh 156 pounds. 

I have a 2008/2009 Volkl Coal in 158cm.  This board is extremely fast.  Before, when I was learning to snowboard I was riding a wide 162 (entry level board from Rossignol) and when I switched to the Coal it was like strapping on a pair of rockets.  At first I was scared of the speed it was producing (that was partially due to not being able to fully control the previous board I’ve had at higher speeds), but after a few runs my confidence and the desire to carve built up to a point where I was craving for more.  Volkl Coal is on rails when it comes to high speed confidence.  Carving on groomed runs, bumps and even ice was not a problem.  It seemed like it was impossible to lose the edge.  It is however not a board for a slacker.  It demands better technique, but at the same time builds confidence and launches you to a new level.  I found out that you need a fairly unpopulated slope to make the best out of this board, as it is VERY fast.  It is also very stiff and not so light on the foot.  It requires more muscle power especially from the upper part of your legs and hips (but that maybe due to the fact that I am just beginning to learn how to properly carve at high speeds).  It is nimble and steering it with your knees and ankles is almost natural. 

This is basically a directional board built for super speed and stability.  I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fast runs and carving.