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2009 Volkl Unlimited AC 30 Ski


Pros: bites in and holds

Cons: not much pop out of the turn

Me: 51, 5'-3", 140 pounds. Skiing since late teens, ex-instructor (certified), never raced. Can ski anywhere and have (almost), but now I mostly ski locally in the PNW with my kids. I've skied almost exclusively on racing slalom skis since the late 80's and bought these AC30's because I don't want to be "on" the skis all day anymore.

The skis: 163 cm, Marker IPT 12 pistons, mounted 1/2 cm forward. Skied one day so far.

On groomers: I was surpised at the amazing edge grip of these all mountain skis - can almost keep up with any slalom race ski on that point, though they did chatter once on a steeper icy run - my fault needing to get used to these skis? I thought they were a little hooky, but that may be because of my choice to mount them forward for quicker turn initiation. I may move them back to see how they perform there. Quick edge to edge, nice carver and forgiving of an occasional skidded turn. I was disappointed in their lack of rebound out of the turn, though. There was no pop that I'm accustomed to from the faster race skis, but I guess that why I'm stepping down to these cruisers. They do have a speed limit, but it's faster than ski patrol will allow, and may be lifted when I remount them back to center.

Off piste: Here they excel. I have not been this confident through moguls since my mid-30's. I can't believe I used to take my slalom racers througth bumps at all after ripping these burners down a few faces. They just swallowed up the bumps and bent smoothly through the troughs, I never felt out of control, even at speed. There was about 5" of heavy new snow on top of more beaten stuff the day I skied these new AC30's. They blasted through the crud like it wasn't there. Now I can't help but wonder whether I should've opted for the wider AC50's that I left on the shelf for these. I'm anxious to try them in real pow next season - seeing any more real powder this year is just wishful thinking now.

Final thoughts: 50/50 all mountain cruiser? You bet. I've skied faster skis on the groomed, and I imagine a fatter ski will cut through crud and float in pow better than these AC30's, but if you're looking for one ski that can truly do it all, these fit the bill nicely indeed. I was torn between going with the 156 cm vs. 163, but now that I've skied it, I'm sure I made the right choice with the longer of the two. My skis are even with the top of my head.



Cons: NONE

I purchased these to compliment my Line Prophet 100. I have skied for 20 years, 6'1". 210,55years old. Advanced level. I use these for the groomer days here in W. Wa. They excel as an all mountain carver. Very lively with great feedback. Nice pop out of medium and short turns. Busts crud like nobodies business. I was skiing on Atomic Nomad Crimson TI for most of the season, but found them boring compared to the Prophets.The Ac30 has taken care of that. Just as much fun as the Prophet that I take out on the fresh powder days. I am skiing the 177cm,2009/2010 wIPt wde binding 4/12. This ski put a grin on my face the first time we went out on a groomer day. I ski at least 30 times a season. Nice to be retired.


Pros: does everything very well

Cons: this is a joke, correct?

First some information about the reviewer: 61 years old, 5'10", 155 lbs. Aggressive level 9/10 skier. Proud to say a Sugarloafer! Also a very active cyclist, both road and mountain. Not so active for skiing since 2006. I seemed to have lost my passion. I had also suffered a bad accident in Rock Springs Bowl/ Jackson (2000), broken back and 6 levels of fusion. A greed fall for sure, just couldn't say when, I had to have the last snowflake. Back on skis the same year but now I just prefer the bikes.
 I had been on Volkl CrossRangers/195 since 1999. The Crossrangers did everything well. They always inspired confidence. Fast forward to the last week of January 2010. I had rediscovered skiing, a magazine maybe ? I dont know but spent Thanksgiving in Breckenridge and headed to Vail. We arrived in Vail for the big snow and while I had the AC30's reserved for the week (friends said I would use less energy), that Sunday I skied the CrossRangers. Predictability is important to me especially when you have a powder day ahead. Awesome day, 12" of sweet powder and the Crossrangers were predictably good! However I was also tired. Next day we had another 10" and I decided to make a single run on the AC30's ( little did I realize).This day was as satisfying as the first but I was energized, not tired. Through the rest of the week we had some small new snow totals (29 inch total) and I was able to ski groomed, crud and bumps. The AC30's accomplished all with a great fun factor. It did take a few runs to gain my normal speed on groomed but once I let them run they did just that.
This ski offered me an immortal feeling of complete confidence. It seemed like 1988 not 2010. They are mine now! The CrossRangers have been retired.
Some will read this and question why I didn"t try other skis. Remember the predictability I spoke of? I wanted to ski and I was totally happy. No need, just no need.
Heading to New Hampshire!


Pros: Great carvers

Cons: Not for powder

 This ski is a great grommer ski.  As a 54 year old 6' 3" 250 lb. skier who has been skiing for 42 years, I have given up everything except bombing groomers.  I have given up breaking bones and dislocating joints.  I thoroughly enjoy a fast run down a well groomed rolling slope, so my review is purely geared toward that type of skiing.  This ski never becomes unstable, and is yet very nimble in either long or short radius turns.  The bindings have enough lift to end my problem of booting out while really leaning into the turn.


Pros: Smooth, stable ski, exudes confidence

Cons: None found yet

I am definitely not an "expert" ski reviewer, but can relate my personal experience, which may benefit someone at some point.

My "resume" (not too short and sweet)

Learned to ski at 15ish in California (Dodge Ridge), continued skiing at Bear Valley, Kirkwood, and Alpine Meadows until I joined the Army at age 19. I was, in my opinion a decent advanced intermediate skier by this point. I could hit the Black D's, but always felt they were the dominate ones of that relationship.  Definitely was in control of the Blues.  Fast Forward to this year...

I live in Virginia and decided it had been too long (about 20 years) since I skied.  First day out (Wintergreen) I felt like kicking myself because I forgot how much I truly love to ski!!

I've spent a whopping five days on the slopes this year and am headed to Vail in April for a week.  Can't wait, first time visiting Colorado, and I get to hit the big daddy. 

I purchased a pair of skis this year (Head Xenon 8.0)  That ski's mottos is Any Skier, Anywhere...  That tells you something.  They are a fun ski (I bought the 156's), which are already a bit short, but still a blast.  Anyway, on to the AC30.  Initially the guy recommended the AC30's to me as well, but for whatever reason I opted for the Xenon 8's.  Probably the blast I had demoing a pair.

This past week I demoed a pair of AC30's @ 170.  They were hands down smoother on all conditions than the Heads.  The 170's felt a tad long for me (5'9" 150lbs), which is why I ended up buying a 163, which goes to the tip of my nose.  I am leery of using them in Colorado because of all I've heard about sick powder, but it is spring, so they will probably do the trick.  Feedback is welcome.

Anyway, I don't see myself opting for the Head's too much now that the AC30's are in my tool bag.  BTW, they have the Ipt 11 Bindings, but from what I've read the 12.0 is a "much" better system.


Pros: Speed, stability, carving, edge hold

Cons: Not as agile in bumps or glades, bit heavy

I'm 6'1" 190, and like to go fast, these do the job well on wide open, groomed blue runs.  I purchased them on tramdock few years ago and have been using them ever since.  They are my go-to ski for carving and destroy crud like a tank but are not as light and playful as I prefer for trees or glades since they are on the heavy side.

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