Originally Posted by Sphinx15
I am an advanced level skier looking for advice on purchasing a new all-mountain ski. I am 6', 185 lbs and ski in the East with at least one trip out west every year. I ski everything fast, and love the bumps and trees. I have been on the Volkl Vertigo Motions size 177 the last 3 seasons and have had my eye on the new Unlimited AC4's but I can't seem to find a good review on these yet. I have found that the Vertigo's simply can't cut it out West and I am pumped to see the 82mm waist of the Unlimiteds. That size also makes me somewhat concerned about how well this ski handles in the bumps and trees. I am pretty sure I want to stick with the 177 size (but am considering moving up to 184). Any reviews or comparisons between sizes or even other models would be very helpful. Thanks.
Keep in mind that the AC4 is not a mogul ski. It's more towards a fat, detuned GS board. A strong skier your size will be able to rip bumps with a 184 pretty easily, but it isn't going do you any favors. The 177 will be easier, but will sacrifice top end stablity in crappy snow.
Also, I would look around at some of the offerings from other companies. To me, volkl's cap skis in general are too stiff for their length, and have a crappy feel to them - sort of glassy and chattery (torsion box), but dead inside with bad snow feel. I much perfer a metal sandwich laminate ski. But hey, if you like them, more power to you.