Originally Posted by freeskinow
So what skis would you say compete with the Top Fule. It sounds a tad bit too GS like and stiff for an old boy. I am skiing on the Volkl 724 pro in a 177 and I like the way it skis, generally. Some have suggested that I would be stepping down if I went to the Nirtous. Your thoughts?
I am looking at TF in a 170. I ski plenty of bumps and ice and love to grab what powder I can, here in the East.
I had two pairs of 177 Volkl 724 Pros over the last two years and the 178 Top Fuel feels bigger than the Pro. The Hot Rod is torsionally stiffer and is more stable. It has a heavier feel on the snow. Because the TFs have more shape they carve a little tighter, but both skis prefer GS style turns (but can make any turn shape). The bigger tips on the TFs give them a noticeable edge in crud and deeper snow. Neither of them is a powder ski by any means (too stiff), but they're better than some narrow 70mm carver ski.
The only reason I'm thinking about switching from 178 to 170 in the TF is I'm only using them for on-piste skiing. I have the Mantras out for any kind of fresh or soft snow and the TFs are for hard groomers, bumps, and skied out conditions. I just think 170's would be fine for those kind of conditions. If you're planning on using the TFs for deeper snow, I'd try both the 170's and 178's to see if the 170's give you the float you want.