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Volkl 5 Stars (Must Read)

post #1 of 25
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I am sure you have read enough reviews on the Volkl 5 Stars. This one is different. I have been skiing with this friend of mine who is now 65 years young for probably 15 years now. I can spot his skiing style from 100 yards away. I know how he skis. He has been skiing these 4 year old Atomics. He has been fighting them for awhile now trying to keep up with all his friends on new equipment. A few weeks ago he says buy me some new skis for $500. I find a pair of $500 Volkl 5 Stars on EBAY. Five days later they arive at the house. Saturday morning I bring them over to his house and we mount the Marker LT bindings which is easy to set the boot length, slide the binding on the rails, and insert the PIN. Monday he has a ski shop wax and recheck the bindings. Tuesday (TODAY) we go to Hunter Mtn. Now I am on my 2nd pair Volkl 5 stars and I know they are going to help him ski. I had no idea just how much. Again I have seen this guy ski for years. He took off and I couldn't believe the a difference those 5 stars made in his skiing ability. After a few runs my friends says I can't believe these skis are just awesome. The only problem is his confidence is so much higher on the 5 STAR skis, he is probably going 5 to 10 mph faster then he would be skiing on his very old Atomics. Now everyone is having to work keeping up with him. He skied every trail at Hunter that did not have moguls including Clare's on the west side. As an added extra bonus at the end of day he wasn't tired, which at 65 is saying something.

It is hard to believe that a ski can make that much of a difference but it did. No question about it. the Volkl 5 star is an awesome ski for the groomers.
post #2 of 25
Put em on a pair of s5 titanium - Volkl. He will ski even better!
post #3 of 25
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PJ I have been reading about the Volkl S5 . The question is the S5 worth $900 when you can buy the 5 Star for $500? The new 2007 Volkl S5 is probably driving the price down on this years Volkl 5 Stars. It is amazing what a name change will do to last years prices.
post #4 of 25
Sounds like we have another Volkl Man among us. Glad your buddy decided to get on a good ski.
post #5 of 25
Volkl does make a great ski. I bought some AC2 Attivas for my wife, I can't wait to see her on them.
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by catskills
PJ I have been reading about the Volkl S5 . The question is the S5 worth $900 when you can buy the 5 Star for $500? The new 2007 Volkl S5 is probably driving the price down on this years Volkl 5 Stars. It is amazing what a name change will do to last years prices.
Look around, brotha, you can likely find the s5 for $750. or less.

I honestly don't know about the value comparisons.

The S 5 would be a ski for a certain type person. I feel that it is not enough ski for me. I say that until I get on a ski that is too much for me. I am on the 724 pro which is like riding a truck, but I like it.
post #7 of 25
Great to hear how happy your buddy is with his new skis. I just pick up a brand new pair of 5 Stars from a ski shop in CT for $500. I skiied 5 Stars two years ago out west and I can't wait to use these new ones on my 5 day trip to Sugarbush starting this Friday.

I'm praying it doesn't rain all weekend.
post #8 of 25
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Hey KevinC, good luck this weekend on those new 5 Stars. Be sure to report back on what you think of them.

BTW welcome to EpicSki. Always nice to have new members.
post #9 of 25
That's great to hear, love it when someone gets such a big boost in their skiing just by getting a new pair! I recall that feeling when I first demo'd the 5 Star, I was grinning at the end of each run and couldn't believe how much more energy this ski had compared to everything else I looked at.

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Originally Posted by catskills
The question is the S5 worth $900 when you can buy the 5 Star for $500? The new 2007 Volkl S5 is probably driving the price down on this years Volkl 5 Stars. It is amazing what a name change will do to last years prices.
I just bought the S5 and love it even more - it's not just a name and graphics change, the ski has changed noticeably.

However, buying the 5 Star for $500 is a heck of a deal - certainly a great way to go!

KevinC, I know you'll have a blast on your new skis this weekend - report back and let us know how it went.
post #10 of 25
You can buy brand new 5 star with binding on Ebay all day long and it includes shipping.
post #11 of 25
Thanks Guys - I'm not sure my feedback on the 5 Stars would help anyone, I had fun skiing on my 15 year old RD's last Sunday at Hunter.

I'm 6'2" 215lbs, advanced intermediate skiier and I now spend most of my time on the groomed stuff with my kids (6 and 9). I went with the 175's.

Looks a chance of showers every day and highs near 50 for my trip - we'll have a good time.

KC
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by catskills
He skied every trail at Hunter that did not have moguls including Clare's on the west side. As an added extra bonus at the end of day he wasn't tired, which at 65 is saying something.
You bite your tongue! We're experienced, not decrepit!
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by oboe
You bite your tongue! We're experienced, not decrepit!
Sorry oboe, I did not mean to sound negative toward anyone challenged by time. Actually this guy is my idol. I have always said I want to be as active as him when I am his age.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by KevinC
Thanks Guys - I'm not sure my feedback on the 5 Stars would help anyone, I had fun skiing on my 15 year old RD's last Sunday at Hunter.

I'm 6'2" 215lbs, advanced intermediate skiier and I now spend most of my time on the groomed stuff with my kids (6 and 9). I went with the 175's.

Looks a chance of showers every day and highs near 50 for my trip - we'll have a good time.

KC
Wear your rain coats and spray your pants with camp dry. But don't fall while you're wearing a rain coat, you don't stop til the bottom:

Mostly.....have a blast!
post #15 of 25
post #16 of 25

Volkl 5 Stars - buying on-line

My first post here -- great site!

Speaking of Volkl 5 Stars...I demoed a pair of 175s this past weekend up at Bretton Woods -- really liked them. May go with a slightly longer ski (182s) due to my size and height (6'5", 250).

So now I am looking for a good deal on these. I haven't shopped much yet, but I've seen them at a few shops for $600+ (w/ integrated bindings).

I found these guys on E-bay. Very low prices for new skis. They seem to do a lot of business on e-bay, and comments are almost universally positive. Anyone here have any experience with them? They also do business on their own site (skiersoutlet.com). Same price for the 5 Stars on both sites.

Chris

http://stores.ebay.com/Sport-Liquidators

http://www.skiersoutlet.com
post #17 of 25
This e-bay member has 99.8% positive feedback with 1,900 posts. They must be good. $500 for the skis and bindings with shipping is great.
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by large_diver
My first post here -- great site!

.................

I found these guys on E-bay. Very low prices for new skis. They seem to do a lot of business on e-bay, and comments are almost universally positive. Anyone here have any experience with them? They also do business on their own site (skiersoutlet.com). Same price for the 5 Stars on both sites.

Chris

http://stores.ebay.com/Sport-Liquidators

http://www.skiersoutlet.com
Hey Chris, welcome to EpicSki. I purchased the Volkl 5 stars for my friend from this guy and the skis were delivered to the house within 5 business days.

http://stores.ebay.com/Sport-Liquidators

BTW If you like east coast moguls, I would suggest the 175cm over the 181cm skis. Those big 181cm skis don't fit between the east coast moguls
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by catskills
Hey Chris, welcome to EpicSki. I purchased the Volkl 5 stars for my friend from this guy and the skis were delivered to the house within 5 business days.
Thanks. Their main site (skiersoutlet.com) is offering free shipping right now.....not sure I will find a deal better than this right now. I've heard some direct feedback from 2-3 other folks who have used them -- all had very good experiences.

As for the length -- still pondering this. I am not a big bump skier....but then again shorter length might give me a ski that is more versatile. I've been skiing for the past 2 years after a long 10+ year lay-off....mainly on 174 length skis (rentals). With the long lay-off, I feel like I am still progressing in my abilities (strong intermediate moving towards advanced) -- so my thinking is that moving up to the 182 will give me "room to grow".

-Chris
post #20 of 25
Is there much of a difference between the 4star and 5star? I opted for the 4 star as its not as stiff a ski, as too stiff a ski could present a bit of a problem for me considering I only weigh 120lbs. I think its a fine ski and its very stable at any speeds likely to be acquired outside of the race environment. Very well suited to the northeastern hardpack I usually am skiing but not god-awful in tracked out powder or the slush I skied in all weekend. The first time I used them was up at jay peak after a total snowfall of around 2.5 feet in a matter of a couple days. I skied nothing but trees with mostly untracked powder all day and the narrow waist didn't help things...All in all a great ski for primarily cruising groomers at mid to high speed. Any suggestions for a good powder/crud ski that I might be able to pick up for cheap at an end-of-season sale?
post #21 of 25
From what I've read, the 5 stars are better for GS turns.
post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by large_diver
I've been skiing for the past 2 years after a long 10+ year lay-off....mainly on 174 length skis (rentals). With the long lay-off, I feel like I am still progressing in my abilities (strong intermediate moving towards advanced) -- so my thinking is that moving up to the 182 will give me "room to grow".
-Chris
Chris here is the thing. Here are the turning radius in meters of Volkl 5 Stars at various lengths. 12.1@154; 13.0@161; 14.4@168; 15.9@175; 17.5@182. So if you get the 182cm your going to say why can't I make those short radius turns like everyone else.
post #23 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CSOcean10
The first time I used them was up at jay peak after a total snowfall of around 2.5 feet in a matter of a couple days. I skied nothing but trees with mostly untracked powder all day and the narrow waist didn't help things...All in all a great ski for primarily cruising groomers at mid to high speed. Any suggestions for a good powder/crud ski that I might be able to pick up for cheap at an end-of-season sale?
Volkl 5 stars in 2.5 feet of powder are not a lot of fun. The Volkl Unlimited AC4 is awesome in any kind of powder conitions with a wide 82mm waist and one hell of a short turning radius for a mid-fat ski. Try to buy the Volkl AC4 FLAT with out the binding. Its much cheaper that way and Sports Authority has some great deals on Salomon bindings. Sports Authority also has Dynastar 8000 skis which is another nice mid fat ski. Ebay has them $428
post #24 of 25
Thanks for the info. I knew the 4stars wouldn't exactly be versatile when I bought them but I couldn't justify anything else considering that most of the time I am making trips to creek or hunter and can't make it to jay as often as I'd like. So I got a hard-pack ski. Now that I can get another pair it's time for a mid-fat or maybe even a pair of full out powder boards.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by catskills
Chris here is the thing. Here are the turning radius in meters of Volkl 5 Stars at various lengths. 12.1@154; 13.0@161; 14.4@168; 15.9@175; 17.5@182. So if you get the 182cm your going to say why can't I make those short radius turns like everyone else.
Yeah, I think you're right. I was on the phone with 2 different shops today and they both said the same thing = if I want quick skis -- 175. If looking for GS turns and more stability at higher speeds -- 182.

I loved the 175s I demoed this weekend...they did not have 182s available for demo. Having not bought skis in such a long time, it just seems weird to be buying skis that only come up to my shoulders......

One other comment the shops offered -- these skis are made to turn a certain way based on their radius....so you shouldn't buy the longer version with the assumption that you can drag them into shorter turns. This is another concept that has taken some time to sink into my thick skull...

-Chris
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