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Review: 2012 Volkl Shiro

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Title:  Review: 2012 Volkl Shiro 183

 

Product:

 

Length/size Tested: 183

Dims: 151/119/135

TR: 26.1

 

Environment of Conditions:

*Location of review: Alpine Meadows/Northstar

*Runs Taken: 12

*Snow Conditions: 2' of fresh over 3' of day old fresh

*Demo or Purchase: Demo

 

Summary (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):

 

The Shiro is Volkl's new addition to their big ski line that fits just under the Kuro as a powder slayer. Graphics and colors are great for this hard charging reverse camber ELP selection from Volkl. I skied it in some super snow at both Alpine Meadows and Northstar. As far as on snow feel, the Shiro felt very Volkl like and for most that is a good thing. he Siro is not a ski for the meek or finesse skiers, it is very much a hard charger and a more nimble (if that could be the case) version of the Kuro. 

 

 

Other skis in class: Atomic BEnt Chelter, DPS Wailer 112, Rossi S7, Blizzard Answer

 

 

Tester Info:

Age: 47

Height/Weight: 5'10" 188lb

Average days on snow: 0-10, 11-25, 30+  (pick one)

Years Skiing: 0-5, 6-15, 15-30, 30+  (pick one)

 

Aggressiveness: Conservative / Moderate / Aggressive / Competitor (pick one)

 

 

 

post #2 of 10

Phil, could you supply the vital stats for this, including various lengths, radius and taper for the 183 you tested? Also, curious how it stacks up against other popular skis of its width and mission, like the Prophet 115, Huge, LP115, Katana, that kinda thing. Thanks.

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Phil, could you supply the vital stats for this, including various lengths, radius and taper for the 183 you tested? Also, curious how it stacks up against other popular skis of its width and mission, like the Prophet 115, Huge, LP115, Katana, that kinda thing. Thanks.



Against the other skis in the class, it well, the most "Volkl" of the bunch. With the shape (taper) is does want to smear the most out of the skis that mentioned. Dims are added to the initial review.

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^^^^ Cool. Although I am nowhere good enough to step onto a ski with a 126 m turning radius. eek.gif You either need more sleep or more coffee. 

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^^^^ Cool. Although I am nowhere good enough to step onto a ski with a 126 m turning radius. eek.gif You either need more sleep or more coffee. 


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Fixed. 

 

post #6 of 10

Good looking ski. Blizzard take note!

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Ya' know, i was going to pull the trigger on this ski but noticed the .1, that's just too much for me...... 
 

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post #8 of 10

Wow. Looks like awesome skis. Can you tell me how stiff they are? I have a pair of 2009 Obsethed and I love the rocker and the fact that they are pretty soft/flexible which translates that I never go over the handlebars on them. So Im looking for a ski that works like that but is wider for deeper days. 

 

Also, what do you mean by "felt very Volkl like"?

 

Is there any camber in these skis at all?

 

Thanks!

post #9 of 10

Well, I prolly could ad something to phils short writeup...

 

Agree on couple spots with phil but disagree on others.

 

 

 

Skied the skis (183s) for a day in norway in the beginning of june for a day.

180cm,75kg,sporty and with long,blond,curly hair. 

 

 

I have skied a bunch of volkl skis (few editions of gotamas,mantras,sumos,explosivs etc) so I have a certain image 

of how Völkl skis feel. And Shiro does not feel like a Völkl.

Völkls have a certain kind of glass´iness in them, few skis can replicate the sound "KLING!" they make. 

Metally,poppy and stable. Shiro felt very different,very un-völkl.

 

Conditions:  Summer slop,breakable slush, refrozen ice,corn and...25cm of wet pow. So late season extravaganza.

 

 

 

Shiro felt burly but kind of chunky from the start. Instantly when clicked in the felt solid but could feel that they lack the

aaah! feeling.  Couple of first runs were on CrustyMankTM and they felt solid,but lacked the confidence inspiring OMG feeling. Couple of runs later with some breakable slush and occasional mank,they starter to feel better, they felt damp and solid, albeit a bit rubbery and over damped lacking the acute feedback. They tracked well in and all kind of hookiness was absent due to the rocker (was on my elan1010s for the first runs) and the shape in general. On icier/harder snow they felt predictable but lacket the machete like edge hold that elans have.

 

Over the day as the visibility improved a bit we started to find more and more of wet pow & corn stashes and could finally open up a bit more and start to "charge" as you americuns say. The skis arced big turns with confidence and ease but were really easy to cut loose and slash/slarve to scrub speed. They were kind of confidence inspiring but not like in a "WHOOO!" kind of way.

 

 

The day left me duly...unimpressed. 

 

Skis were predictable and...good´ish. But nothing spectacular and definately lacked the "Völkl" feel.

Hell,I would be tempted to say that any person that would say that,havent even skied the skis! The lacked totally the normal glassy and sharp völklism, and reminded me more of some bastard child of K2 AK maidens that have mated with old Rossi Scratch BCs. Rubbery,overly damped and kind of boorish.

 

Dont get me wrong, skis were ok.

I have skied way shittier skis but I had quite high expectations towards the shiros.

I thought I would get the "wide explosiv", or "slim´n´stiff sumo" or "katana on stereoids" but no. Teh dissapoint.

Too wide to be a good euro/shítsnow ski and too narrow to be a dedicated pow stick.

I think their optimal snow would be some kind of british columbia snow : Ski that plows through wet pow and dont mind the occasional thin layers of crust.

 

On the classical euro scale, from 4-to-10, I would give them a solid 8-.

 

Stable,easy,predictable,damp but passive,unpoppy,rubbery and booooring kind of skis.

 

 

My 0.02€s here.

 

post #10 of 10

I'm looking for a new pair of skis this winter. I've been on the Mantra's for the past several seasons and absolutely love that ski but wouldn't mind going a bit wider. I prefer a more traditional ski with some pop and stiffness, but have read a lot of great things about the Shiro. I demoed a pair of S7's last year and didn't like them at all, found them lacking energy and couldn't hold an edge... can't stand a ski that smears turns. I prefer a ski with grip. 

 

So this year i've been eyeing up the Katana and Shiro and trying to decide between the two. I ski all over the mountain and typically ski in cut up pow and occasionally knee deep pow. I'm leaning towards the Katana mainly because of the the similarity to the Mantra. Would love to get people's opinion who've skied both the Katana and Shiro.

 

I'm 5'9", 170lbs, aggressive skier, 30+yrs skiing.

 

Thanks.

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