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post #1 of 11
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If anyone can give me some advice on ski sizes and models, I would much appreciate. First, a bit about myself. I'm 5'6", 145 lbs. I'm getting back into skiing after years away from the sport. The last skis I owned were straight 180s, and I know that sizing is a lot different now. I just don't have a handle on how it works these days.

I used to be a fairly expert skiier, but now I live on the east coast, so my skiing may be limited by the terrain. I'm sure my skills have atrophied somewhat over the past couple of years, so I'de rate myself an advanced intermediate skiier...but hopefully advanced by the end of the season. When I used to ski Whistler or the mountains in my home state of Washington, I would usually stay off the groomed areas, but I expect I'll be doing more cruising on the east coast.

OK, with that hopefully relevant information out of the way, I can get to the gear. I used to ski Volkls, loved 'em, and want to get another pair. I'm looking at getting a pair of used skis and I have the following options: Volkl 724 EXP w/ Motion bindings or 724 PRO w/out the motion system. Both are available in 163, 170, and 177.

Given my size, ability, and the fact that I'm now an east coast skiier, can anyone recommend a size/model for me?
post #2 of 11
If I would primarily ski gromers, I would go for a ski that isn't as wide underfoot and more shaped then the 724. It's also a very stiff ski.
I used to ski the G4 which then turned into the 724 (now AC4) and although very good at high speed, that was pretty much the only way I could ski them on groomers.
I'm about your size, and I couldn't get them to bend enough for thighter radius, carving turns.

If you want Völkl, check out the AC2 or one of the skis in the Supersport Series.
But if you definetly want the 724 get it in 170 or 163...
post #3 of 11
TeleSwede's post is misleading. The G4 morphed into the 724 AX4, not the 724. It appears that you are looking for a deal on last year's skis. Therefore, you will not be looking at the AC2. The EXP is most similar to the AC3, or AX3. It is a great carving ski for eastern conditions, and this would be my recommendation. If you have been out of skiing for a while, the Pro is going to be a bit much. It is a bit wider than the EXP, and it is much more demanding. You may want to renew your relationship with the sport before considering such a rippin' ski.
post #4 of 11
If you do most of your skiing in the east on groomed, hard snow then the Volkl Supersport series is a better choice. The 5 star is still a good ski if you feel you are not going to be aggressive. The next step up is their new Allstar.

Recommend 168 length in either and the motion system which will give you some benefits skiing on hard snow at faster speeds. The 5 star was the original ski in this series and is still a good ski....and it has come down in price point.

The wider skis like the AC2 or 3 will ski eastern conditions OK but will not have the tenacious edge grip of the supersports.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'll probably go with the EXPs. One of the newer models would be nice, but I'm on a pretty tight student budget.

While I want a ski that will be OK on the groomed stuff, I prefer to spend most of my time in rougher terrain, so I'm not really looking for a cruiser. Any thoughts on 163 vs 170?
post #6 of 11
Generally, most ski shops recommend that the skis come to around chin level. That would probably be the shorter length.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by bsimeral
The 5 star is still a good ski if you feel you are not going to be aggressive.
Completely untrue. The 5 Star is very rewarding for the agressive skier. If I were you, stay away from the all star, its a very stiff ski and is meant for the heavier ski crowd, 180+. The 5 Star would be an excellent ski for your size, it skis extremely aggressive, and you really need to be an expert skier to take advantage of all it has to offer. The best ski that Volkl has in my opinion (except of course for tha SANOUK!)
post #8 of 11
The 724 EXP and 724 AX3 are available in previous year models at good prices that include integrated bindings. You can get a little wider waist in a twin tip in used models as well. The Supersports are great skis that prefer groomed, but will reward you with performance. A 163 length would be between the bridge of your nose and your forehead, which is just right (longer in twin tips). Don't dismiss some really good women's skis like the Rossignol B2W, Volkl 724 AX3 Gamma, 724 EXS Gamma, and K2 T9 series.
post #9 of 11
ooops...

Should have gotten my facts strait... Good thing there's people around that actually know what they are talking about.
post #10 of 11
I am an advanced intermediate skier at 5' 9" and 180Lbs. I ski the east spending 80% on the groomers, but this includes days of crud. I am on the 724 AX3 at 170. I luvvv these skis. This is simply a great all round ski that will suit your needs.


Go for the AX3 oe EXP, but stick with the 163. I ski fairly agressively and consider mysef to be in pretty good physical condition (long distance running and cross training). I find the 170 to be plenty of ski, so given your height and weight. I think you may find the 170 to be just a bit too much paticularily since these skis like to driven hard forward on the hardpack; otherwise, uou will find them skidding somewhat.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Poppa Ski Love
Completely untrue. The 5 Star is very rewarding for the agressive skier. If I were you, stay away from the all star, its a very stiff ski and is meant for the heavier ski crowd, 180+. The 5 Star would be an excellent ski for your size, it skis extremely aggressive, and you really need to be an expert skier to take advantage of all it has to offer. The best ski that Volkl has in my opinion (except of course for tha SANOUK!)
The 5 star is a more forgiving and versatile ski than the old 6 star or the allstar. I have skied the 5 star for several seasons and am quite familiar with the ski. I am 6'1", 195 and loved the 5 stars versatility. But if I wanted edge hold the 6 star and now the new allstar is better.

The 6 star is great on hard snow but not as versatile on softer snow. And I did not find the allstar demanding at all. It is an experts ski, meant for a strong expert with good technique. That said, it is not difficult to ski.

BTW, I skied the allstar for 3 days last winter in a variety of conditions and loved it. Have a pair of 175s waiting to be mounted. My 5 stars were skied in a 182 to compensate for being softer.
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