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Fat ski provocation: railing groomers on a 124 under-foot "schmearstick"

post #1 of 10
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Just saw this review of the new Volkl 2, and I thought it makes the case that those of us who like fat skis in the east aren't completely crazy: This is Sierra Quitiquit, skiing at Stratton on the the Volkl 2, which is full rocker, 124mm. NOT saying this is the best carver out there, but if this what you want for the woods and powder, I think the skiing shown here makes the case that you can ride this in case you find the goods, and still have a pretty good time if you end up spending a lot of time on piste.

 

 

post #2 of 10

"That's the beauty of Volkl"....

 

They must have discovered unobtanium in the making of that ski.

post #3 of 10

hahaha.  Uh... I mean, you can, of course.  But that is less than ideal I don't care what the marketing line is.  If you want an off-piste ski that does just fine on groomers, go something like 100mm under foot.  Plenty of great skis with that shape.  124 is...  :D

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by cometjo View Post
 

....and still have a pretty good time if you end up spending a lot of time on piste.

OK, I'll bite :D.  It does look like a fun ski.  But it depends what you mean by "piste."  Note that she was skiing a pretty flat cruiser; on that terrain, I'm not surprised she was able to carve comfortably.  But my guess is that on firm snow on steeper terrain the ski would start to fall apart.  

Saying a ski is good on-piste based on a flat cruiser is like saying it's good off-piste based on a few inches of fresh. :duck: 

post #5 of 10

Shall we leave it at this 124mm ski is not ideal for Stratton?

The door is still left open for "my 117mm...at Stratton"

What's up with having an artificial knee xray at the stop screen for the video?

post #6 of 10

In addition to the issues pointed out already, I'd like to say that based on what was presented that snow was not firm. Groomed soft snow is still soft snow.  Furthermore, Ms. Quitiquit's skills appeared to be far more of a determinant than the skis.  It's entirely possible that if the conditions were made more challenging (hard snow, steeper, double fall line, bumps, etc.) that Sierra would still be entirely in control and skiing in a similar fashion, but not because of the skis.

post #7 of 10

Nothing new here, you can carve big skis on soft groomers no problem, I do it with 122mm 4FRNT Renegades all the time. Of course, carving legit GS turns on ice or in a GS course is another matter altogether (I've tried it and can't do it, a better skier might be able to).

 

Good video to rebut the grumpy old men claiming big skis are impossible to ski outside of powder :).

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Originally Posted by gramboh View Post
 

Nothing new here, you can carve big skis on soft groomers no problem, I do it with 122mm 4FRNT Renegades all the time. Of course, carving legit GS turns on ice or in a GS course is another matter altogether (I've tried it and can't do it, a better skier might be able to).

 

Good video to rebut the grumpy old men claiming big skis are impossible to ski outside of powder :).


The more of a grumpier old man I become, the less I give a shit about what other grumpy old men living in the last century think about my equipment choices.

post #9 of 10

Yes you can, no you shouldn't  ;)

 

I can say the opposite of a pair of SL's in 18".....

 

 

This is the fun of ski's!  Its really about what you want out of the ski and not "can I ski it".  

post #10 of 10

You're not grumpy and in the last century?

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