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Volkl Racetiger Speedwall GS: anyone got an opinion?

post #1 of 13
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Hey all, 

 

I was looking for a frontside carver that is not full-on all day (either a shorter GS or a longer slalom carver) and this one came up, as it is relatively affordable for shop guys, probably the cheapest of my options.  I was thinking 170 or 175 as a free ski.  Opinions?  I skied a consumer Volkl GS a few years ago, and was really impressed with the user friendly-ness!  Went as fast as I wanted, but wasn't a bear to ski.  Any length recommendations?  I ski 170cm in the Laser SX from Stockli, Kastle RX12 in 168 for a fun feel and 176cm for going fast. 

post #2 of 13

FWIW and YMMV but I ski everything available in that category each year and for the past two seasons the Head iSpeed Magnum or Dynastar Course Ti were the standouts for me. Can't speak to the price but the shop deal on Course Ti is pretty good I think.

 

SJ

post #3 of 13

I bought a pair last season in the 175 and use it for my GS race ski in my beer league. I had borrowed a pair from the shop I work at for a race and took first in my division so I had to buy them!  LOL But I do free ski them the rest of the day.  I am here in the east so our conditions are ideal for a race carver.  I have found them to be surprisingly quick edge to edge, so much so, that I felt I could run a slalom course with them, probably wouldn't win, but I could do it.  I remember a couple of soft snow days and they performed well on the couple of inches on top of frozen tundra.  Even skied a few bumps with them.  Felt very old school being on boards 68 underfoot.  I am considering taking them along with my E98's to Whistler just in case we have some yucky days where I might want to stick to the groom and play speed racer.

 

Fun ski!

 

Rick G

post #4 of 13

I've skied that ski.  You should get the 175.  Despite your weight, the 170 will feel squirrely, and myopic.

 

It skies fine and is smooth.  To me it feels a little "light," kind of like crispy waffle.  But perhaps for a lighter person this wouldn't matter.

 

If price is the only thing driving your race-carver selection, you can buy whatever.  But if you can choose, the HEAD iSpeed and Rossi 9GS WC are better race-carvers.

post #5 of 13
Scott, you may also want to consider the 180. Still pretty docile for a gs ski, used by a lot of lighter weights, but sufficient length to ski like a gs ski. I find going below that there is an increased tendency to skid it around.
post #6 of 13

I don't get it. What's wrong with the Stoeckli and the Kaestle that you mention and have professed to like very much? Just want to try something different? Or do you not actually own those skis? Or what?
 

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I don't get it. What's wrong with the Stoeckli and the Kaestle that you mention and have professed to like very much? Just want to try something different? Or do you not actually own those skis? Or what?
 

$$$$  

 

Neither ski is cheap, and I would ski this maybe 10% of my time on snow.  Stockli SX w/VIST setup is easily north of $1k. I am on a budget, like everyone else, and spending tons of money on a ski that I might use 5 days a year makes little sense.  

 

I have owned both, currently own neither, and if money was no object, would own them again. 

post #8 of 13

Hi

 

I've skied few runs in the Volkl Code Speedwall, in spring slush, and I've found it stable and forgiving.

 

Its similar, same speedwall construction, similar radius and waist, but has tip-n-tail rocker, so it ski short. Maybe easy to get on sale

post #9 of 13
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Stoeckli and the Kaestle
 

 

Are those the English spellings?  Is the correct spelling dropping the e and putting on the two dots over the a and o?

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Stoeckli and the Kaestle

 

Are those the English spellings?  Is the correct spelling dropping the e and putting on the two dots over the a and o?

Yes, a vowel with an umlaut over it is shorthand for the same vowel followed by an "e".
post #11 of 13
Have been very interested in the dawgcatcher have been thinking about the Volkl racetiger GS as an all around, front size carver ( no interest in a ski with rocker) . Read your review on sub 88cm skis.....lots of good info. How are the volkl's working? How do they compare to the Stockli.
post #12 of 13

Hi do you guys have an opinion between the volkl and ht Rossignol 9gs?

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by PlugBootBlues View Post
 

I've skied that ski.  You should get the 175.  Despite your weight, the 170 will feel squirrely, and myopic.

 

It skies fine and is smooth.  To me it feels a little "light," kind of like crispy waffle.  But perhaps for a lighter person this wouldn't matter.

 

If price is the only thing driving your race-carver selection, you can buy whatever.  But if you can choose, the HEAD iSpeed and Rossi 9GS WC are better race-carvers.

What makes you like the rossi over the Volkl

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