Originally Posted by comprex
Interesting combination of perceptions.
I can see where you might think that. It could be due my lack of technical ability, coupled with bad habits carried over from skiing on straight skis. I really need to take a couple of lessons to get the mechanics of carving on shaped skis down.
I said the skis are fairly stiff because they are. I also said they are a bit squirrely because they can be if you don't stay on them. That said, when I successfully edged them, they really grabbed and tracked out some nice turns. I would have preferred a 170, had it been available, because for my size, I think they would be more stable and faster too.
There was a guy about my size and ability, sking a pair of 2005 Volkls around 183 in length, kind of a GS type ski. With me following him, making the same turns, he'd really start putting distance between us after the top third. I attribute that to the extra length on the snow. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, I have been demoing all mountain skis in high 170's out west and was comfortable on them. I was perhaps a bit skeptical on the recommendation for a 165 for the little hills around here. Again, my purpose for purchasing this ski was to have a ski for improving technical carving abilities and for practicing on the small hills locally.
Edited by Reski - 3/4/11 at 11:28am