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Confusion: Head Peak 78 + Volkl AC50

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Firstly hello to y'all. I'm swiss new here so forgive me if this is the inappropriate area to post this sort of thing but it looks suitable!

 

These two ski's seem fairly different so this should't be a hard one! I honestly can't decide between Head Peak 78 and Volkl AC50. Only being in my very early 20's I'm lacking a bit of the weight! But I'm 65kg (143lb) and 171cm (5foot 6inch). I consider myself a solid intermediate, however I spend a lot of time trying to improve on black runs. I want these pair of ski's to last me a few years and carry me through, up into the higher levers (such as blacks and double blacks on-piste). Being a bit of  a speed freak I ignore the slow signs, and I tend to enjoy skiing more aggressively than most.

 

Finally: I intend to use the skis on mostly groom/hard pack in NZ and therefore a bit of ice here and there. Can/US/EU in the future.

 

Just  a quick added note. I've spoken to a few ski 'experts' and many recommend the AC50 however others say I'd enjoy the Peak 78's far more. Any thoughts or suggestions would really help, because I'm more or less stumped.

 

Thanks for your time.

post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 

Riiight.

 

It seems clear after I made the post and seeing many others, no helping hands are put out for people trying to choose ski's. (For whatever reason I dont honestly care about). In the future, I suggest making clear messages on the forum somewhere saying "WE DO NOT HELP PEOPLE CHOOSE SKI'S". Useless community. Anyhow, I have professional help from instructors now. Good luck and riddance to you all. lol.

post #3 of 8

It is a forum, not a chat room.  Check back in a few days.

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It seems clear after I made the post and seeing many others, no helping hands are put out for people trying to choose ski's.

You are mistaken. This forum has been very helpful to people trying to choose skis. I chose my current pair based on a demo, but subsequently found that information posted here about the ski was generally quite accurate.

 

This does not mean that every request for help gets answered promptly, or at all. Indeed, you may get faster replies outside of ski season - everybody is on the slopes right now (except me - I'm stuck here doing my taxes).

 

Cheers!

post #5 of 8

G, all mtn ski selection is such a personal preference and there isn't much written about Head peak 78 skis from US skiers, especially the '10-11s.  Most rec Head lovers rave about the Monsters and stew over how the peak line has become too soft.  I never skied Monsters but have skied stiff Fischers with railflex bindings and many 2 pairs of Volants.  For my weight, stiffer skis rocket me out of the bumps. 

 

Unlike Europe, finding shops that stock the Head lines are spotty at best.  In the search bar, type in 'Head peak 78' for some discussion.

 

I have not skied on the AC 50s (85mm wide) but a friend of mine swears by them and other Volkl skis.  He has the mantras, gotamas, AC 50s and Katanas but seems to ski the Mantras the most here in CO.  He's a big guy 6'4" and ~210 and skis fast, primarily GS turns but never goes into the moguls and is not a short radius turn skier whether it is on groomers, powder day in the trees (issues with knees, back & preference).  I am a fit 5'5", 138#, mid50s, mtn biker, rec hockey player, tele 40% of the time, look for mogul runs each day (fun and there's only one way to get better) and log in over 100 partial days in CO a year. 

 

I demoed a pair of  '10-11, 165, peak 78s (loved 'em every where with less than 8" of a few day old powder) and will be buying some at the end of the season.

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Originally Posted by groovyjax View Post

Riiight.

 

It seems clear after I made the post and seeing many others, no helping hands are put out for people trying to choose ski's. (For whatever reason I dont honestly care about). In the future, I suggest making clear messages on the forum somewhere saying "WE DO NOT HELP PEOPLE CHOOSE SKI'S". Useless community. Anyhow, I have professional help from instructors now. Good luck and riddance to you all. lol.

 

The community is excellent at helping out, but when it's the same question endlessly by newbies whose s.e.a.r.c.h. function apparently is broke, and don't apparently feel like making the most basic research effort, but evidently expect everyone to jump all over a question that 's been asked ad nauseum over the past days and weeks, oh well.

 

If 2 posts with insults is your finale, then don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
 

post #7 of 8

I don't know most of the other lines since there are so many skis in each manufacturer's line up.  However there is one solid rule that I feel should be followed when choosing skis:  Seek out and demo the product.

 

You have narrowed your search to a couple of models in a pretty narrow spectrum of the types available.  Find some way to demo them each.  If you love a ski - buy it.  if you don't love the way it skis - then don't. 

 

I once wanted to try a K2 Four when that was a new product.  I ended up speaking to people in shops and getting contact information for the rep and contacting him directly.  I was glad I did because I loved that ski.

 

Find an demo.  there is no substitute

 

Mike

post #8 of 8

If you love the Peaks, then you love them and buy them. If you didn't love them enough to buy, then wait and demo more than the AC50. I'm an inexperienced ski tester but they all have their strengths and weaknesses and for all-mountain skis you pretty much have one at each extreme there. I rode the Peak 78s in 177 on soft snow for a half day and couldn't wait to get off them. I can't even imagine how much I would have hated them on ice and hardpack. But I am 70 lbs and six inches bigger than you. I've never skied the AC50s but I'm willing to bet that my impressions would be very different than yours. I thought I loved the K2 Aftershocks in December. Then I became a better skier and skied the Kastle MX88 and the Blizzard 8.1 and I am sure if I went back to the Aftershocks I wouldn't like them nearly as much as I did before. Get yourself a good pair of boots and demo while you improve.

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