Originally Posted by davluri
Volkl Kendo would probably ski real well for you.
Well, perhaps, but if you notice, he likes softer skis that skid the narrower tails smoothly, so he won't carve into the woods. Not sure the Kendo, which never saw railroad tracks it didn't like, would encourage that.
Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD
They basically split the Snow ranger market into two lines. Cross Ranger, G40-41, G4 ,AX4, 724, AC4 for the skinnier turnnier ski and then the classic Explosive was the fatter ski.
Not sure I agree, having owned both. The SR was marketed as opening up off-piste, kind of a moderate flex, all wood touring ski without the touring rig. Ski Mag gave it a #1 rating for powder, but found it spooky on groomers at speed. The Explosive, which came along later, was marketed as the original big mountain charger. Lots of metal, heavy, stiff as a board; made the current Mantra seem wussy by comparison. IMO, in the early 2000's, Volkl developed a fascination with more burly metal skis, which changed its glassy, smooth Zebra/Snow Ranger trajectory substantially. The Goat, in this sense, was a fortuitous aberration. The Exploder was the better harbinger of things to come, for better or worse.
For reasons I've never understood - maybe market niche, maybe national self-fulfilling stereotypes - German and Austrian manufacturers seem to need to reassure themselves over how stiff and unforgiving their, ah, skis can be. (Recall the Vanity Fair cover with Arnold bursting out of a T, on his Atomics?) If they start to worry about being unmanly men, achtung!! - 15% increase in stiffness the following year. The French are left to play around with those silly finesse skis, even if they win WC's, and of course the Americans have always had the AARP on their cash radar, even when they made decent racing skis.
All of which is to say, OP, if you buy a Volkl thinking it'll be your beloved Snow Ranger, you'll regret it. Maybe one or two Blizzies, since they have a small secret factory for malcontent designers that seems to mess around with Frenchies late at night. How else to explain the Bushwacker? No right thinking Austrian would get near those things....