Originally Posted by Alpinist
It's really hard for me to tell you the speed I was riding, but same slope, speed and ski length a day after, the Allstar was more stable than the RX8. I know there are lots of people that praise the RX8, but I pretty much think there is Volkl feeling vs. a Fischer feeling. And I am no a heavyweight by any standard: 5'10" 160lbs. Maybe it's just that I am Volkl guy: Allstar, AC4 and Gotamas.
We are a little off topic here, but I completely agree with Alpinist.
I own the 170 RX8 and
the 168 2005/06 Volkl Allstar. Silly you say? Not at all actually. While they accomplish the same mission and ski the exact same lines (if you like) at the exact same pace they have an entirely different slope feel. I referenced threads where I compared RX8 and Allstars in detail(as did my Wachusett ski buddies as well) previously in this thread. We all had similar impressions. Those impressions are also in harmony with Alpinist impressions. I want to repeat tho, because I think it is so important that the RX8 in the 170 and the 165 is two totally different animals. I much prefer the 170. The 165 RX8 is nice no doubt but a bit twitchy for my liking as a primary ski.
Which is why if you really need to be certain which is for you extensive demo is essential. I think tho, for Eyal purposes, having already dialed in the "Fischer feel" he might be happiest on the 160 RX8. He'd probably also love a 161 Allstar. YMMV for sure!!
BTW I am most certainly at this point a Volkl guy too.....recent rides were P40 Platinum, Carver Ultra, Carver plus and p20sl. All had the same "volkl feel" which I still adore. The RX8? Quite different indeed, but huge fun as well.
Perhaps the key point is without trying the other I would have bought whichever one I had demo'd. Both the Allstar and the RX8 are that impressive. Having tried both, I bought both
: Luckily for me I got a very sweet deal on the Allstar
at the start of last season and the RX8 at the end of the season. Again, why Volkl is changing the Allstar is a mystery to me, I found it near perfection.
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