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Volkl Shiro vs blizzard bodacious

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Ok I know there are plenty of reviews out there. I guess I need some guided advice. About me. I'm a solid 8-8 1/2. I love to ski everything aggressively with speed. I live on the east and I'm looking for a great ski to compliment the Brahma when I travel west. I'm 35 former instructor and racer. As many of us at my age we haven't quite figured out that we aren't 23 anymore. With that said when I'm out west I don't care to hit cliffs and drops but I don't stray away either from the occasional air. I like a variety of turn shapes at different speeds but fast is typically where I'm at.

I'm stuck between the shiro and bodacious. My feeling is that with my background and size the bodacious may suit me better, I'm 215 and 6'3. I love skiing trees and all turn shapes and sizes when I'm out west. My biggest pet peeve on a ski is a ski that has a limit. I tend to notice those who have been critics of the bodacious are much smaller than I. With all that said you would think I'm leaning toward the bodacious. I am I think the 186 would be a great compliment and still nimble with the shorter length in trees and tighter swing turns.

Here's my dilemma I love volkl and always have. It was tough to say goodby and go to the brahma. All the reviews I've read in the shiro tell me it's a no doubter. So I ask for your feedback.

Should I go bodacious or shiro. Do you suggest a different size than what I was looking at? Thanks all!
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Both are fine.. A 186 Bodacious for a guy your size with a skill set is a thing of beauty. Yes, I'm biased and will break my rule of recommending what I like in this case. smile.gif It's by far and away my favorite wide ski. Anything 118~120 will float and do powder... The B is a crud crushing machine. Others MMV.
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For a guy your size/skill, I'd get the 196 or whatever the longer length is. Not sure the 186 will be enough at high speed in variable snow. I haven't skied the Bodacious but use the 185cm Cochise as an every day ski and would want longer if I didn't have bigger skis for powder days (I am 5'10 200lbs, strong, race background).

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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! You've recon firmed what I was thinking. Let me ask. What are your opinions of the bodacious in trees at moderate speed? We're there any downfalls for you Mark?
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Would suggest TGR for this; they have a newish thread on the Bodacious right now, plenty of Shiro reviews. 

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For trees I would suggest the 186 bodacious, for big mtn charging, yes the 196. Fwiw, we have a pair of 13 bodacious 186 new in the wrapper for 399.00
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Thread Starter 
Thanks again guys! Thanks Phil I actually just purchased a set of bodacious for 389 shipped. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by johnyneo79 View Post

Thanks guys! You've recon firmed what I was thinking. Let me ask. What are your opinions of the bodacious in trees at moderate speed? We're there any downfalls for you Mark?

 

None. For a guy your size, it'd be great. Easy to pivot, etc...   I'm not as tall or heavy as you, but even at 205, I haven't found a speed limit skiing the v.1.0. Tight places are no trouble... that's the beauty of the ski. It's very easy to shut down. The first day I skied them on the first run, it was about 12-15 of fresh snow on top of huge stale old hard bumps. I figured this isn't what I'd signed them up for and was ready to be pummeled. 3 turns in and no problem... very easy to pivot and move. I'm a tip to tail skier, but am always impressed when the ski needs to go sideways.

 

 I've heard this year's is a tinch softer FWIW, and I'm sure Phil can confirm that one way or the other, but there seem to be a lot of these skis in the wrapper in previous production year iterations. It truly is a mystery to me why more folks aren't on these, particulary the Mantra lovers of the world. Speaking only for myself, for our venue, the 196 would be a lot of work... we don't have a load of 'let it go' terrain, but that what we have, they just go. And again, crud performance is the best I've ever experienced. If it matters, Arne's dad has a pair of Arne's old 186's. He probably weighs 220, is old enough to be his well know kids' dad, and loves them... the skis too. :)  Love those nearly misplaced modifiers. :)

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Thread Starter 
Know in terms of a binding option. I have a et of new griffons I was going to mount. My problem is that the jester schizo seems like an intriguing option. What are your thoughts?
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Factory line skis fine in my experience. I'm generally complexity averse however. If going the Marker route, I'd do a Jester for max torsional stiffness.
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