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Ski Make: Volkl
Ski Model: Carver Motion
Ski Length: 177
Snow Conditions Used In: predominantly manmade groomed
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: 8-9
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 9
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 40
Other Skis You Like: Salomon X-Scream Series, Atomic 9.11
Your Height/Weight: 1.72 m (5'8") / 81 kg (180 lb)
First of all, I only did a couple of runs on these for the purposes of getting an immediate impression.

This ski was a solid, smooth carving ski in hard conditions. It sliced a variety of turn shapes and radii, rivaling that of many "hypercarvers" I have tried. The edges engaged very easily, locked on, but released on input. I was surprised how quick it was at doing this given the "riding on rails" feeling I got. Speed limit was a non-issue and I enjoyed skiing the "slow line fast".

Hockey stops were immediate, hard, and abrupt - great for emergencies.

Skiing the "fast line slow", the fall line, was a different story. Usually, I use a fairly heavy edge set and a toe to heel movement to maintain control in steep and icy conditions (the norm). The Volkl's did not respond the way I expected. Using less edge resulted in an unpredictable "grabby" feeling.

I don't know how much of my impression of the ski was the Motion system itself. Whatever it was it worked. It inspired confidence. I just wouldn't be able to take it everywhere.