177 in the Pro is a good do all length, IMHO. I use them with Rossi 120 Tis.
AARP has been sending me those joinup offers for a few years now. So this
must be why I sized "down". I am amazed with their ability to hold eyewatering,
Gore-tex snapping speed. When they are standing up next to the ol' Blizzard 207 GS
boards, I chuckle. (I cut the 7XK's in half to look at the construction, yes that is
foam, but it is dense tough foam) That said, these are not "park and ride" skis.
You stay on top of them and you are rewarded. Pretend that you are out for a
Sunday walk--"Excuse me Sir(Ma'am), but just what kind of ski did you think you
were standing on? Some kind of groomercruiser?! Hah!" '
Wake up, Pal? We're here
to go, BlueBird day or no!?'
Have used them here in the Midwest, on the 10 sec. hills and out in Jackson around
Valentine Day. Caught around 15 inches of snow there, they work great in that depth.
Like you say HH, deeper than that, break out the Fat.
On Riverton, Wally's World, Thunder, the bumps can be fun. I can feel that you don't
want to get on the tails too strong in the bumps, as you would at the finish of a long
fast turn. But stay centered, and even these beat up knees where singing.
At JH, we had several days of snow and several BlueBird. It stayed cold, so the sunny days had reconstituted dry with lots of wind transported. I probably felt like
AARP could go to hell for another 10 years, but who am I fooling?
The Pro works nicely on the changeups from short to long and back again (turn shape).
I would never call it a carver, but you drop your hip into the turn and you'll do no shame. When the snow starts getting sunwet (as it did in WI yesterday) you just
have to stand on them, but you would have to do that on any skis. Then they cut through cleanly without deflection. I can see why some don't care for it, it is not a
particularly rest and relaxation ride. It is "burly", but it is not some hyper twitch
edge me, edge me, edge me setup either.
Seems Volkl durable. Took a clean coreshot in Saratoga Bowl (just enough snow
to hide those rocks!). Away from the edge, so skied it the whole day, then repaired. TVS did a good baseweld. Had a little tail "delam", skis without ol' style tailbars have to be lifted away from the hard ( concrete and steel grid) surfaces and not slammed
down. That is the only prob I have had. Actually this is second pair, last year's pair
had two factory defects that i did not catch right away. But shop replaced with this
years. No problem. About the only Volkl i thought was a bit cheesy was the original
G3, with the combo foam/wood stringer core, seemed like you could get some edge
compression that they did not want to admit. But even those are still going strong.
I am surprised you have not found a deal out there. The Pro might not have become a popular as they might have wanted. Hence they dropped the EXP in there, as a pleaser for more. Next years Unlimited AC line (724) has the AC4 @ 125-82-110 (new G4?), then bumps to the AC3 @ 116-74-102, which on the face of it, might be more of the 724 EXP?
The 724 Pro is a great ski. Be active on it, not passive.