In the past six years I have gone tested skis for a shop here in Mammoth, and Volkl has always had a great line, top to bottom. This year that did not seem to be the case. The V, Elplosive, G4, Five Star, Four Star, were all very well liked. But, the Vertigo Motion, Carver Motion, and most of the mid to lower end skis did not seem up to Volkls usual standards. The Carver Motion especially seemed like a lifeless dog. The 163 Vertigo Motion felt exactly the same as the 163 G3, but in longer lengths, it seemed much less responsive. This was also the first time that some of them were tuned badly, this was the reps fault, but Volkl has perhaps the best ski out of the wrapper reputation in the biz. Very odd.
Personally, I really dug the Five Star, it seems like these days with the FIS putting big restrictions on sidecut, that race skis are not as much fun as some of the not leagal skis. It also seems like "skiercross" skis often offer the best combination of race ski feel in a ski that skis weel all mouintain. Last year, at the Rossi '03 intro day at June Mtn, I skied nest years Roosi race stock SL and GS skis. They were a total blast. Of course the rep was unsure if they would be legal when the new FIS rules came out. Sure enough, those skis are now illegal, they have to much shape. Oh well, I wonder if the legal skis will be as much fun? I doubt it, especially if I have to go longer.