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2010 Volkl Unlimited AC30 Titanium Ski w/ Motion iPT 12.0 Piston Binding

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Pros: Surefooted edge control on anything the East can offer

Cons: Heavy as lead, no fun in the moguls

To put this review in perspective, I sat out the 2000's (and what the he!! was I thinking).  In the early 90's I moved to Northern California, bought a pair of Rossi 4S's and Nordica F9 boots and tore up Tahoe, Utah and more.  Moguls, trees, Sierra cement, and moguls.  I said moguls twice; I liked moguls.

 

I found myself back East and found time to get back into the sport in 2009 (and these short/shaped skis still don't look quite right to me).  East = Ice in my mind, so I wanted a carver.  Bought these based solely on reviews (didn't have time/occasion to demo).  About the toughest thing I've done with these are most of the front four at Stowe... and I've skiied them in packed powder, ice, groomer and spring slush.  I'm 5'10" 180lbs - these are 170mm

 

So with some mileage on - I like 'em a lot but I'm not sure how much I love them.  On groomed slopes of any pitch - with reasonably consistent surface texture - these are the bomb.  And it pretty much doesn't matter whether the texture is "frozen granular" or powder or crud or slush, you can grip it and rip it with this ski.

 

Bump runs are a whole other matter.  You can take this ski into the bumps, I mean nobody's gonna stop you from doing it, but you're going to feel the burn early and often.  This ski will let you pick it up or slide it around a bit for a short radius turn (all that crazy edge grip aside somehow) between the bumps, but you have to contend with a lot of mass/weight to do it.  There's nothing playful coming from the ski here.

 

Net, this has worked out well for me skiing in the east, but I sometimes wonder if there's something that can manage the icy stuff well enough, but bring some spring to the party - and at half the weight of these beasts.  Or am I just getting old and settling down.

2010 Volkl Unlimited AC30 Titanium Ski w/ Motion iPT 12.0 Piston Binding
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Description:

The Volkl Unlimited AC30 Titanium Alpine Skis and their included Motion iPT 12.0 Piston Bindings can take on nearly any snow conditions you ll encounter on the mountain. Volkl used its Extended Double Grip construction dual chambers running from tip to tail provide more support for the edges to give incredible edge control and stability. Volkl and Marker built the Motion iPT (internal power transmission) Binding interface into the ski body for unparalleled response; you feel at one with your ski. The sides of the binding interface rest on the EDG chambers to allow for direct energy transfer. Pistons attached to the Unlimited AC30 in front of the bindings quiet chatter at high speeds, and titanium sheets in the wood core add stiffness and pop as you charge down the steeps.

Details:
DetailValue
Lengths156cm, 163cm, 170cm, 177cm, 184cm
Dimensions118 / 76 / 104mm
Turn Radius[156cm] 13.5m; [163cm] 15.1m; [170cm] 16.7m; [177cm] 18.4m; [184cm] 20m
ConstructionExtended Double Grip
Core MaterialExtended wood, titanium sheets
Binding SystemNo
Binding IncludedYes
Recommended UseExpert all-mountain skiing
Manufacturer Warranty1 Year
Recommended BindingMarker Motion iPT 12.0 Piston
Binding Type
Model Year
Recommended Level
Recommended use
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Style: UAC30T, Color: Black, Size: 156cmUAC30T-BLK-156821264352779
Style: UAC30T, Color: Black, Size: 163cmUAC30T-BLK-163821264352786
Style: UAC30T, Color: Black, Size: 170cmUAC30T-BLK-170821264352793
Style: UAC30T, Color: Black, Size: 177cmUAC30T-BLK-177821264352809
Style: UAC30T, Color: Black, Size: 184cmUAC30T-BLK-184
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