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Volkl Code L why doesn't anyone like this ski?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Since I love my Kendos 177 I am looking for a Eastern front side Piste ski for our small hill here in Ohio. I wanted to try the Atomic Temper TI, the Head Super Shape I and the Volkl Code L. Since it is impossible to find demos and now is the time to save a little money, knowing the Volkls and always having great experience with them I figured the Code L would be a Kendo on steroids. The reviews here are not very positive so far. Can anyone give me some more info. 

post #2 of 20

The Code is completely different the Code and Kendo Code is a cheater GS, with a full sidewall ("speedwall"), like the Volkl racetiger.

 

A bit softer than the racetiger GS. It is a piste ski I dont know how it compares with the other 2 skis you've mentioned.

 

I skied it only once and it was good, as far as I can remember

 

 

I think its fine, if you have the weight and the legs you could even try a GS racing ski (like the racetiger)

post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
I think the race tiger would be too much work for me
post #4 of 20
I ski de Code L. Wonderful ski. Haven't read any critical comments either. Fast easy turner.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
could you compare it to any of the other skis and do you feel it does short and long turns
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I ski de Code L. Wonderful ski. Haven't read any critical comments either. Fast easy turner.
post #6 of 20
Well I skied the racetigers this christmas. Great ski as well but not nearly as comfortable as the Code. But I am no expert.
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
did you also ski the Code S
post #8 of 20
Nope. Just the L. Small difference from what I was told
post #9 of 20
Nope. Just the L. Small difference from what I was told
post #10 of 20

If you compare the closest sizes in the S and L they become essentially the same ski.  I'll be on one of the two next year for an everyday Midwest ski.  I just have to decide between a 173 Code S and a 178 Code L.

post #11 of 20

You will find either positive or notso positive stuff about the Code depending upon what it's compared to. Many of the recent discussions about narrower skis have centered around skis such as SS Magnum or iSpeed, Course Pro, Laser SX, RX 78.....etc. The Code really doesn't compete too well vs. those, but it's not really supposed to. Rather, it is a little more relaxed feeling ski such as the various, Rossi Pursuit models, K2 Bolt, Atomic Blackeye.....etc. Within that context, it is really very good.

 

SJ

post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 

I new I had seem a few negative reviews. I call Volkl and they suggested the L for the East if I wanted to through in a few long turns. I am trying to get a Kendo on steroids!

post #13 of 20
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which group am I in if I want only a piste ski for groomer runs super high speed easy to work and short swing ability
post #14 of 20
I skied the Code S extensively a couple of weeks ago, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. Great performance, and the damping unit seemed to work very effectively. Not cheap, but a quality ski. The S is a shorter radius ski than the Code L, so take your pick.
post #15 of 20

I have been riding some Code Speedwall at 76mm for probably 40 days, usually a few days after a storm and the runs are hard and chalky.

 

These skis are great, they are the Volkl rocketships one would expect from a Volkl frontside carver, but their edges are easily released into a smeary pivot perfect for bumps and short radius slow speed turns.

 

While 76mm is a bit narrow for ankle deep or more, these do have some offpiste versatility.  They are far friendlier and more forgiving than say an AC50 but they don't have the sweet spot an offpiste gem like the Kendo would.

 

These are my favorite skis on non powder/cruddy days, the precision and power is there when you need it and then they will make slow short turns too.

 

If you're more interested in the short, consider the S version at 74mm, either way these skis deserve way more popularity.

post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by levy1 View Post

I think the race tiger would be too much work for me

 

Racetiger GS maybe for a small hill, but Racetiger SL would be a hoot!  I own the GS Racetiger and find it to be a very fun and fast carver that is fairly quick edge to edge.  Though I don't own the Slalom version, I do own a pair of similar Blizzard Race Mag SLR IQ and absolutely love free skiing these on the small hills where I ski.  I actually love free skiing them on bigger hills as well.  They make a great firm snow on piste ski. They hold just about any arc, are extremely quick edge to edge, slice across ice and they even do bumps well.  Just a fun high performance ski.  I have friends that do have the Speedwall SL and feel pretty much the same  way.  I am talking the consumer integrated binding version and not the much more demanding World Cup version.  If you can find a demo, try one in a 160 or 165 and get ready for some fun.

 

Rick G

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by levy1 View Post

which group am I in if I want only a piste ski for groomer runs super high speed easy to work and short swing ability

Some of the skis that we talk about all the time here are what some of us refer to as "technical" skis. This refers to a ski that is piloted by a driver with developed skills and probably the background to understand high and early vs. low and late. This skier would understand what the term crossunder refers to and how to handle it and also about moving his feet along the turn radius throughout the turn. These requirements don't mean that someone without these skills can't ski on a highly technical ski..........just that they probably don't need to. The Volkl you are interested in along with the others that I mentioned, do not require this level of skill.

 

BTW......been out of town for a day or so but hopefully you got that number and whatever info you were looking for. It's also easy to find in the three links that are in each of my posts.

 

SJ

post #18 of 20
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which group am I in if I want only a piste ski for groomer runs super high speed easy to work and short swing ability

The group that will end up in the ER with the local police waiting for you to come out of the coma so they can take your statement about the kid you hit...

post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
never happen first of all I never ski recklessly second I am always in control third of all I never ski fast on a crowded slope.
post #20 of 20

I was asked to ski the Code L by a Volkl rep. and I thought it was a terrific frontside ski. I had it on groomed snow, crud and bumps and it was a ton of fun.... fast, quick and stable. I can't believe it was not mentioned in any of the ski mags. I ski the Volkl Mantra, RTM 81 and Volkl racestock slalom skis. And yes, the Code is much more comfortable than the racestock skis. I may buy a pair for Eastern skiing, but first I will need to convince my wife, that I need these skis.

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