Originally Posted by Jim S
Care to elaborate? What did you not like and like about the PR compared to the Volkl?
At the risk of overusing another metaphor, let me compare it to the automotive world. The PR would be a Subaru WRX and the V-Ex would be a Hummer H2. They both have all-wheel-drive, but that is the end of the comparison. The PR, like the Subi, is just fun...nimble, light, and easy to manuever. However, the PR, again like the Subi, has no top end. The H2 on the other hand is really too much vehicle for day to day driving, but given nasty off-road terrain, it feels at home at any speed. It demands a bit more technique and skill from the driver, but the platform delivers all the girth and power that is needed to conquer any terrain or condition.
The PR was my first 90-mm waisted ski. I love it for the trees, tight chutes (where I preferred to turn at the time), and soft pow. It was a good place for me to start. Since I dabble in the park, I rode the PR's there and was very impressed at how they excelled in that arena.
However, as I became more adept at skiing off-piste and my fat ski technique evolved, I felt that the PR's were at their limits. I just needed a more substantial ski. I then migrated to the Seth Pistol. It's too bad that the graphics are so "displeasing to the eye" for so many folks, because that ski is everything the PR's bring and then some. Anyhow, that's a whole different discussion.
Anyhow, I eventually was enticed by the V-Ex, scored a pair for a nice price, and after skiing them a few days, I knew I found what I was after. They are the best ski in my quiver for when there is anything soft on the ground. PR's are great in softer, powder snow, where the V-Ex handles pow, crud, or windblown with equal aplomb...that's a huge advantage in my book.
The V-Ex isn't as difficult to ski as many would assume. It's just too bad the beefy construction scares people away.Anyhow...my thoughts on the matter.