Originally Posted by dakine
Got a pair of Volkl P-40 F1 Race Carvers, R=21 that I could never bend.
184 cm and three sheets of metal.
That would work for your weight.
You can have them for shipping with bindings.
dakine was kind enough to send these to me.
I tried them out Saturday. It had rained earlier, so the conditions were pretty good and it was relatively uncrowned.
Right now I ski a Salomon Lord @ 161 and my previous ski was a Bandit B2 @ 182, these skis had me a little intimidated. The third level at our mountain suggested just going out and making "swishy turns" on them until I got used to them. I did that a couple of runs, then did some side slips and pivot slips to get a feel for where the edges were. This isn't the skis forte, but it was manageable.
All in all for the conditions and at slower speeds these skis were extremely well behaved... much more so than I thought they would be.
I spent the rest of the morning making easy turns on them. They stopped much better than my other skis, and felt really, really stabile at speed.
But these skis didn't give me any feedback on how fast I was skiing. My other skis let me know what my speed is. These feel the same sliding down the ramp at the chair as they do going down the mountain.
So while I was making my slow easy turns on them, they had been quietly and insidiously ramping up speed every run. I was actually thinking "is this what's all the fuss about?" when I went into my next turn and
I spent most of the rest of the day having a ball on them. They ski way beyond my ability, but I'm going to enjoy them.
They are however going to have a time and a place. Temperatures dropped Saturday night, and Sunday morning after all the rain it was pretty "firm". When they hit that kind of snow the skis went "OH YES!" and I said "oh, no you don't." and put them back in the equipment room. These just aren't the skis for when there are bodies and equipment all over the place. But I can't wait until the conditions are right to bring them out again.
dakine, thanks again!