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Volkl 5 Star , 6 Star and 724PRO demo

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
This weekend I drove up to Loveland ski area for a big demo day . I have been hearing nothing but good things about the 724PRo so I gave them a spin .
The ski was nice but did not make me grin from ear to ear.
next up the 6 star - This ski was a power house and smooth , smooth , smooth .
Last ski - Volkl 5 star . This would be the ski for me all the way . It had power, smooth ride, very quick edge to edge , and just loads of fun .
post #2 of 12
Come on your not just saying that because of all the post on the 6 Star in the other forum are you.

It's refreshing to see someone who is not caught up in the "I have a have a 6 Star".

Glad you found a ski your happy with. Would you get it flat or with the motion system ?

I having my AX3's flat with the piston binding.
post #3 of 12
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Originally posted by Max Capacity / smithby:
Come on your not just saying that because of all the post on the 6 Star in the other forum are you.

It's refreshing to see someone who is not caught up in the "I have a have a 6 Star".

Glad you found a ski your happy with. Would you get it flat or with the motion system ?

I having my AX3's flat with the piston binding.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by ritski:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Max Capacity / smithby:
Come on your not just saying that because of all the post on the 6 Star in the other forum are you.

It's refreshing to see someone who is not caught up in the "I have a have a 6 Star".

Glad you found a ski your happy with. Would you get it flat or with the motion system ?

I having my AX3's flat with the piston binding.
</font>[/quote]I would spend the extra money and get the piston set up. I dont have anything bad at all to say about the 6 star - I just thought the 5 star was just right for carving, crud, and relaxing .The 6 star would be fun for a few hours but I dont think it would be fun all day or playing in the trees or the crud .
Both me and my ski buddy tired the 6 star and 5 star back to back and we both thought the 5 star would be the ski to have .
post #5 of 12
The 6 star would be fun for a few hours but I dont think it would be fun all day or playing in the trees or the crud .
Both me and my ski buddy tired the 6 star and 5 star back to back and we both thought the 5 star would be the ski to have .[/QB][/quote]

This could be the point a lot of us were trying to make in the other thread about the 6 Star.

Good thought process
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
I sure would like to try the 5 star with the piston setup as well. I bet it would be even more fun . I found a pair of 5 stars in a 182cm that I am going to purchase and put the marker comp 1400 with piston on them .
I would suggest to anyone looking for a great cruiser to give the 5 star a try - it really is an impressive ski .
post #7 of 12
DenverRider,

I rep for Fischer. We will be doing a demo at Loveland this weekend. I tried the 6star and liked it as well. I suggest you try the RX8. I'd be curious to here which you like better.
post #8 of 12
I think too many people are making the erroneous assumption that since the 5 Star and 6 Star share the same sidecut dimensions they share the same shape and, therefore, should ski alike. They do not share the same shape and they definitely do not ski the same either.

Based on their respective constructions, it would follow that the 5 Star with its metal laminates would be the better ski off-piste; it is more damp and quiet. While the fiberglass lay-up of the 6 Star makes for a more snappy, lively ski.

For lack of a better analogy; I don't think it would be a stretch to draw parallel lines from the 5 Star and 6 Star to giant slalom and slalom skis respectively. The Supersport series from Volkl are clearly from the same gene-pool, but the 5 Star and 6 Star are siblings not identical twins.

Same as we have a sneaker for every conceivable purpose these days, there is a ski for every skier's niche desires.

IG

FYI - I cannot describe the difference in shape, sorry.
post #9 of 12
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Originally posted by Inspector Gadget:
...For lack of a better analogy; I don't think it would be a stretch to draw parallel lines from the 5 Star and 6 Star to giant slalom and slalom skis respectively.
IG, are you saying that the 5 star skis more like a GS compared to the 6 star which has more of a slalom feel?
I was under the impression that it was the other way around. :
post #10 of 12
Carvemeister,

That is exactly what I'm saying.

<font color=blue>Note asterisk below</font>

Historically speaking, giant slalom skis employed (more) metal in their construction; the metal eliminated - or, at least, reduced - the ski's tendency to deflect when confronted with a large clump of snow or death-cookie. So, among other benefits, this is what helped the ski perform better in crud, for instance. High-speed stability is also enhanced with the addition of metal to the mix.

Slalom skis, on the other hand, typically use less - or no - metal; they need to be quicker edge-to-edge (than does a GS/SG/DH ski) and must be super lively and loaded with energy. Typically fiberglass - and now composite fibers - provide the pop required.

The 5 Star has metal laminates and the 6 Star has none. So, without looking at sidecut dimensions, if we go back to the gene-pool example; the 5 Star would trace its lineage to(ward) giant slalom skis. The 6 Star would have descended from the slalom side of the family. And so it is with all families, the DNA gets mixed up, but the family resemblance continues.

IG

<font color=blue>* Irrespective of main core material i.e. wood, foam, air, etc. </font>
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
I may just drive up to Loveland . IF I dont make it to Loveland we are going to vail so I can demo a pair of the Stokli Stormrider ATs . I have been wanting to demo stokli for a long long time .

Now back to the 5 star . I would like to try that ski with the piston set up . I think its funny when you look at two skis with pretty much the same shape and at first you would think that the stiffer ski would be best but I was truly shocked at how much more I enjoyed the 5 star .

I think this brings up a good point though . Gear tests are just a guide and the real test comes when the skis are on your feet .
The mags may rave about the 6 star but 5 stars are good enough .

Now lets see how that stokli demo goes - that should be very interesting .
post #12 of 12
I think you will find the Fischer RX8 has a "6-Star" feel-heft, smoothness, and stability, but no versatility. The RX6 is a much more versatile ride, especially if skied in a longer length. Not quite the top end of the RX8, but fun in bumps, trees ect. Not so the RX8-that is a ski for hauling ass on the groomed, and not much else IMO. But, perhaps a stronger skier than myself thinks differently. FWIW, most the companies these days have that top-end skiercross/all-mountain carving ski that doesn't seem as versatile as the second ski in the line (6-star vs. 5-star, SX11 vs. SX9, RX8 vs. RX6). The exceptions may be Elan (S12 is as or more versatile than S10 with a good pilot) and Dynsatar (Skiercross 10 is one of the best). K2's XT skiercross is not as poweful as some of the others, so it is pretty versatile too-probably along the lines of the 5-star (I will be skiing it next week, and will try to post a review).
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