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Volkl Attiva AC3 vs 5 star vs K2 Burnin Luv used skis

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hi folks, 

 

Here are my choices (on craigslist):

Volkl Attiva AC3 156 cm/76

Volkl Attiva 5 Star 154 cm/68

K2 Burnin Luv 146 cm

 

And my stats:

Woman

44 years old

intermediate to advanced

5'6"

115 lbs

Tahoe area

 

I've been skiing for the past 20 years on and off (took about 7 years off due to young kids), and I've always rented basic skis (not demo, because I'm kinda cheap).  But I am looking to buy some as I expect to go quite a lot more this season and in the future as my 7 year old learned last year and loved it, and this year we are expecting to go a lot more!

 

I am intermediate to advanced, can ski black diamonds.  Like steep but wide, but don't like to go too, too fast (got young kids, remember?).  I prefer groomed trails.  Rentals have always been fine because I'd really go only once or twice a year and didn't really know what to look for and didn't care too much.  Since I'm going to buy, I'd like to buy something that actually helps me step it up some.

 

I have the paperwork from my 3 rentals last year, and they were all 146's with me as type II.  Would going with the longer Attivas be OK and I will "grow" into them, or would they put me faster than I'd probably like in the long term?  The reason it's a debate is that the K2's are about a 45 minute drive away vs 10 min for the Volkls.  Prices are about the same (K2s are cheaper, but I think I could get the Volkl's down), and condition for all are supposed to be excellent.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5

My wife skis the Attivas and I used to ski the old 5 Stars.

The Attivas suit my wife well, she is an intermediate with good technique, 73 years and a broken vertebrae.

If the Attiva 5 Stars are anything like the old 5 Stars, she would find them too much ski since they have relatively stiff tails.

You sound like you could ski the 5 Stars.

I don't have any experience with the K2's but have heard good things about them for intermediate to advanced skiers.

post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by lljc00 View Post
 

Hi folks, 

 

Here are my choices (on craigslist):

Volkl Attiva AC3 156 cm/76

Volkl Attiva 5 Star 154 cm/68

K2 Burnin Luv 146 cm

 

And my stats:

Woman

44 years old

intermediate to advanced

5'6"

115 lbs

Tahoe area

 

I've been skiing for the past 20 years on and off (took about 7 years off due to young kids), and I've always rented basic skis (not demo, because I'm kinda cheap).  But I am looking to buy some as I expect to go quite a lot more this season and in the future as my 7 year old learned last year and loved it, and this year we are expecting to go a lot more!

 

I am intermediate to advanced, can ski black diamonds.  Like steep but wide, but don't like to go too, too fast (got young kids, remember?).  I prefer groomed trails.  Rentals have always been fine because I'd really go only once or twice a year and didn't really know what to look for and didn't care too much.  Since I'm going to buy, I'd like to buy something that actually helps me step it up some.

 

I have the paperwork from my 3 rentals last year, and they were all 146's with me as type II.  Would going with the longer Attivas be OK and I will "grow" into them, or would they put me faster than I'd probably like in the long term?  The reason it's a debate is that the K2's are about a 45 minute drive away vs 10 min for the Volkls.  Prices are about the same (K2s are cheaper, but I think I could get the Volkl's down), and condition for all are supposed to be excellent.

 

Thanks!


What type of terrain are you likely to be skiing on with the kid?  When I got back on skis, it was with my daughter as she learned to ski starting at age 4.  When I decided it was worth buying used skis even for 10 days on snow locally (tiny mountains), I went short because they were easier to carry and I wasn't skiing that much without her.  The Volkls are certainly not too long.

 

As a data point for what it's worth, I'm 5'0", 120 pounds, advanced and have a pair of Volkl AC1 skis (bought used from EpicSki) that are 149cm.  My all-mountain skis are 159cm.

 

Spending less on skis, and investing a little money in a lesson or two, will avoid speed issues more than avoiding a ski because you think it will go too fast.

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

My daughter will be getting a few lessons this year, so that gives me a chance to peel off and ski my blues and blacks.  I prefer groomed, but skied a few times last year with 6-8" fresh powder on blues and had a difficult time getting down.  

 

For our first trip before Christmas, we are just going to ski one day since we'll have my 4 year old son (not skiing).  We are making it a quick trip since we aren't too sure how he'll handle the snow and cold.  My daughter will be in ski school, and I am planning to take a private lesson to learn better technique (especially how to properly use my poles).

post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by lljc00 View Post
 

My daughter will be getting a few lessons this year, so that gives me a chance to peel off and ski my blues and blacks.  I prefer groomed, but skied a few times last year with 6-8" fresh powder on blues and had a difficult time getting down.  

 

For our first trip before Christmas, we are just going to ski one day since we'll have my 4 year old son (not skiing).  We are making it a quick trip since we aren't too sure how he'll handle the snow and cold.  My daughter will be in ski school, and I am planning to take a private lesson to learn better technique (especially how to properly use my poles).


Aah, two younger kids.  Definitely worth investing in ski lessons for yourself if you want to be able to keep up with them in a few years.  By the way, I started my daughter in ski school at age 4.  She loved it.  That's the main reason I was able to start skiing more since my DH is a non-skier for assorted reasons.

 

I wouldn't worry too much about which cheap skis you decide to get for this season.

 

How did you buy boots?

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