The woodcore was and always will be the heart of every ski and a decisive factor to determine flex and power transfer. Other ski attributes like torsional stiffness or dampening are affected by various components such as titanium layers.
What is Titanal?
Titanal is an isotropic high-tech aluminium alloy that causes smooth running, great dampening, direct power transfer and stability. Thus resulting in a very powerful and precise ski. The alloy is placed inside the ski in various positions and layers as required regarding its riding characteristics.
Especially race models or super sporty all mountain skis benefit from the increased used of Titanal by keeping the ski stable at high speeds and providing a very precise responsiveness for the experienced skier.
The material will be placed only partially and at the very specific spots on the ski in order to create the desired advantage. In contrast on very light-weight touring skis or playful freestyle skis you will usually not find any Titanal to keep the weight as low and the riding feel as loose as possible.
Titanal is used alll over the ski, when stability and ultra precise reaction at highest speed are the top priorities. This construction is mostly used for racing and high-end all mountain models.
The wider the ski, the more Titanal has to be included for a full coverage and the more you will notice its influence. But then with wider freeskis an all-over usage of Titanal will result in an unwanted stiffening of the ski. Therefore Völkl only includes partial Titanal in all Freeride All Mountain models to benefit from its benefits without any unwanted side effects.
This form of construction comes in different variations in order to emphasize the specific characteristics needed for the respective target group. Contrary to all-over Titanal constructions they all have one thing in common: Titanal is only used in the dedicated areas of the ski that increase the desired riding characteristics. This also saves weight and improves the ski’s agility.
The Titanal is placed allover the ski with mostly 0,7 mm thickness. As a general rule there are two Titanal belts integrated in the ski, one above and one below the wood core. This is the typical race ski construction and it is used for all of Völkl’s top sportive Racetiger and Deacon models and it is optimized for hard and icy on piste conditions.
Full Titanal offers the most uncompromising edge grip on packed and icy slopes, the most direct pressure build-up and in combination with the UVO it provides the most efficient dampening. As a result you can experience an extra precise transfer of the skier’s movements and a stunning high speed stability even with hard snow conditions. The particularly powerful Full Titanal construction actually is a little demanding and requires a certain determination and precise steering skills.
Racetiger WC, Racetiger FIS, Racetiger FIS Junior, Racetiger GS / SL and Deacon 76 / 74
The Titanal Frame with a thickness of 0,7 mm is integrated along the sidewall and into tip and tail area of the ski. This way the ski provides the stability and dampening that every experienced skier expects, exactly at the most stressed spots on the ski. If needed a second thinner Titanal layer (0,3 mm) under the binding delivers the necessary strength of the ski. This way the binding screws offer a most reliable hold even in the toughest conditions and the super thin sheet allows the ski not to be too stiff. Due to this highly complex construction skiers experience a previously unknown combination of liveliness and tempo stability.
For very sportive skis, middle to larger width, optimized for the usage in changing or deep snow conditions. (Mantra 102 & M5, Kendo 92 & 88, Secret 102 & 92, Kenja 88, Deacon 84)
This construction features a Titanal stripe which runs in the center of the ski from tip to tail. This allows to keep the overall stiffness as well as the weight as low as possible. Still the Titanal provides a reliable and steady behavior.
The skier benefits from a balanced mix of smoothness and liveliness. Völkl uses this setup especially for extra wide free ride skis like the Confession but also for middle width skis like the Kanjo or the Yuri.