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Volkl Tigershark 8 2010 vs AC 30 2011

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I'm a 5'9" 190 bomber in general that also likes to do a few bump runs...been skiing for >30. I'm having a difficult time deciding between Volkl's Tigershark 8' 2009/2010 (115-69-100) and the AC 30 2010/2011 (124-80-107). I've skied the tiger and found it a bit too stiff.  Two years prior I demoed the 5* and loved it. I have not skied the AC 30 but have been recommended that it would likely be a good ski for me given it's a more versatile ski. I'm a bit hesitant to "Buy It Now" because it seems like such a wide ski.

 

Should I just get accustomed to the stiffness of the tiger or should I go with the wider and softer AC 30. I'm pretty much set on one of these two skis because I like Volkl's technology and because of the prices. BTW, the AC 30 is ~$200 more, which I would be willing to spend if the ski is a better fit for me.

 

Any recommendation from you knowledgeable folks on my choice would be much appreciated!

post #2 of 18

As far as I understood, the Tigershark 8 replaced the S5(formerly the 5 star different construction.)  The Tigershark 8 is supposed to actually be a bit softer than the AC 30.  At your size, and being a bomber, I am surprised to hear that they were too stiff for you. I am 5'7 and 160 and skied the Tigershark 10 and found it to be a very well rounded ski,and pretty versatile in pretty much all conditions even bumps. That being said, the AC 30 is a little wider with a little less sidecut,not quite as carvy. Hence, giving you a little more flotation but still handling the hardpack very well. Any time you do not demo you are in a crapshoot. If you are trying to stick with Volkl, than IMO,I would opt for the AC30. Just my .02    Dave

post #3 of 18

My thoughts on the AC30 are here: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/103389/all-mountain-ski-for-east-coast-expert-skier#post_1334865

I have the 2010 model, which is identical to 2011 except for the graphics.

 

I don't know anything about the Tigershark.

post #4 of 18

It sounds like neither of these skis are suiting what you want in a ski. Why are you limiting yourself to just these two?

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It sounds like neither of these skis are suiting what you want in a ski. Why are you limiting yourself to just these two?



Let me guess Phil:

 

Blizzard Bonafide...roflmao.gif..Right??

Even though the OP is east coast skier.... Nice review..beercheer.gif cheers.

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Let me guess Phil:

 

Blizzard Bonafide...roflmao.gif..Right??

Even though the OP is east coast skier.... Nice review..beercheer.gif cheers.



LOL, actually. the Blizzard 8.1 is more what I was thinking.

post #7 of 18

Actually Phil I agree with you and was going to suggest it but he seemed to have his heart set on one of the two Volkls. He could probably get the 8.1s for a little less than the AC30 also yes?

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It sounds like neither of these skis are suiting what you want in a ski. Why are you limiting yourself to just these two?


I like the grip technology of Volkl and these, to my understanding, are the model that would best suit my style. I love the stability at high speeds I feel when skiing volkl. I demoed the Rossi

Avenger 76 Ti this year and thought it was dangerously wobbly.

 

I am hoping the AC 30 would be slightly softer than the tigers but much firmer than the Rossi.

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Actually Phil I agree with you and was going to suggest it but he seemed to have his heart set on one of the two Volkls. He could probably get the 8.1s for a little less than the AC30 also yes?



*Doesn't even matter if he can get it for less. it is a nicer ski.

 

 

*Both skis have the same MAP, which means the discounts that are seen an them apples to apples should be about the same.

post #10 of 18

+1 for the 8.1

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FWIW, the Blizzard 8.1 was designed by Volkl designers who escaped over the "East Volkl Wall" to the Land Of Blizzard where they were free to design skis that were actually fun to ski (and still have performance).

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I know, I traded my Tigersharks for the Magnum 7.6s and have not been let down in the least bit.
 

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FWIW, the Blizzard 8.1 was designed by Volkl designers who escaped over the "East Volkl Wall" to the Land Of Blizzard where they were free to design skis that were actually fun to ski (and still have performance).



 

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FWIW, the Blizzard 8.1 was designed by Volkl designers who escaped over the "East Volkl Wall" to the Land Of Blizzard where they were free to design skis that were actually fun to ski (and still have performance).


The Blizzards do look a lot like a volkl with extended grip. I need minimal tip bounce and that what I've seen from the volkls I've demoed. The website also says that blizzard skis are fun. What's more fun about them though - are they softer, more spring?

 

 

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Blizzard Bonafide...roflmao.gif..Right??

Even though the OP is east coast skier....

So, are you saying an East Coast skier would not benefit from the Bonafide? Not every day is a hardpack day, even here in flatland.
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I'm a 5'9" 190 bomber in general that also likes to do a few bump runs...been skiing for >30. I'm having a difficult time deciding between Volkl's Tigershark 8' 2009/2010 (115-69-100) and the AC 30 2010/2011 (124-80-107). I've skied the tiger and found it a bit too stiff.  Two years prior I demoed the 5* and loved it. I have not skied the AC 30 but have been recommended that it would likely be a good ski for me given it's a more versatile ski. I'm a bit hesitant to "Buy It Now" because it seems like such a wide ski.

 

Should I just get accustomed to the stiffness of the tiger or should I go with the wider and softer AC 30. I'm pretty much set on one of these two skis because I like Volkl's technology and because of the prices. BTW, the AC 30 is ~$200 more, which I would be willing to spend if the ski is a better fit for me.

 

Any recommendation from you knowledgeable folks on my choice would be much appreciated!

I have spent a lot of time on the ac30's they are a great ski, but they are not soft either, a little on the stiff side.  They turn on a dime and are decent in the bumps but obviously plenty of softer skis out there. HOWEVER, as far as the BOMBER factor goes the ac30 is aces my friend.       I am your exact size and I have skied the 176 and 184,  would absolutely go with the 176, it is just as stable at high speeds and a little quicker in the bumps.    Hope that helps.    get the 2010 or 11 same ski,  the 2012 will all have tip and tail rocker which should add some fun factor to them as well.  
 

 

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Blizzard 8.1 vs AC30,  skied both, AC30 wins, its a ski built for aggressive skiers and almost reads your mind.   (hope that makes sense)  

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I have spent a lot of time on the ac30's they are a great ski, but they are not soft either, a little on the stiff side.  They turn on a dime and are decent in the bumps but obviously plenty of softer skis out there. HOWEVER, as far as the BOMBER factor goes the ac30 is aces my friend.       I am your exact size and I have skied the 176 and 184,  would absolutely go with the 176, it is just as stable at high speeds and a little quicker in the bumps.    Hope that helps.    get the 2010 or 11 same ski,  the 2012 will all have tip and tail rocker which should add some fun factor to them as well. 

This is great info. I was actually thinking about 170s but will now need to consider 177 based on your recommendation. Thanks
 

 

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This is great info. I was actually thinking about 170s but will now need to consider 177 based on your recommendation. Thanks
 

 

I say 100% go with the 177,  you may have to go the emergency room just to get the smile off of your face!   Seriously,,,     If bombing is what you like to do then that is your size, it will also be fine in the bumps great in the trees and insane out in the open, not to mention it will be better in the powder, (177)
 

 

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