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Re-thinking My Purchase

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I somewhat impetuously purchased a pair of last year's Volkl Unlimited AC3's (sans titanium) at 163 cm, and now I wonder if I bought too much ski for myself.

My stats are: 180 lbs. 5'11. 38 years old. Boots are Salomon Ellipse 9.0. I am not an experienced skier--about three years. However, I regularly ski groomed blues and once (when I chased my 6 year old son who made a wrong turn) made it down a double black diamond at PCMR in one piece (my son had a total yardsale).

That said, I LOVE this sport--so much so that we just purchased a condo in PC and hope to ski at least 20 times a season for the foreseeable future, so I want a ski that I can grow into. However, I do not want to regress or endanger myself my skiing something that is not responsive or will penalize me for form mistakes that I am almost certain to continue to make for the next year or two (shifting my upper body, getting back, bad hand position, etc.).

It's probably too late to return the skis, but I don't mind selling them on e-bay and getting a ski that is more suitable for my ability. Will eagerly await the collective wisdom of the board. Thanks. Everyone hope for snow.
post #2 of 15
I sort of did the same thing with the old Volkl g3 (sorta similiar too the AC3) from a few years ago. I bought them off a friend so I didnt really know what i was getting. I had never even skied on Volkl before,, when I got them i was an intermediate level skier, skiing everything but having trouble in the tight/steeper spots. After skiing the Volkl for awhile I realised how much i was missing out on before in terms of edge hold and stability at high speeds. Skiing a better ski will help make you a better skier, eventually. And if your skiing 20 days a year you will improve quickly (take some lessons too ).. The AC3 is one of the coolest skis out this year IMO. Definetly dont sell them, unless you want to get something longer:.
post #3 of 15
No worries, you will be fine, infact that ski is a bit on the short side for your height and weight.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks Phil and JimmyZ. I went short just because I am a little wussy when it comes to going too fast. I figured shorter would be easier for me to control. Also, they only had two pairs left from last year, and it was either 163 or 177. 177 just seemed like a closed-head injury waiting to happen.

I am really excited to get them and try them out. Last year, I skied a rental pair of Head XRC 500's at 160 cm. I liked them. Compared to those, what can I expect the difference to be with the AC3's (if you know and if it's quantifiable)? Thanks.
post #5 of 15
the very few head skis that ive tried dont compare favourably to a volkl at all. Ac3 should be stiffer, better edge hold, more stable. Although I'm sure that there are some here who ski head who will disagree.
post #6 of 15

go longer

i am about your size and 177 is not a problem (except maybe metrons and slalom skis )
post #7 of 15
yeah, i was thinking you might have gone a little short.

i'm 5'11" and the bulk of my quiver are 177's (the two Volks) rounded out by a 175 (the Titan) and a 180 (the AK). I rode a set of 185 M:EX's last season that felt way too long, which was funny considering that up until 2 seasons ago I was riding 198s. I've found that the 175-180 range is the most comfortable for me, giving me a lot of manuerverablility as well as a fair amount of speed.

but hey, to each their own. You might very well find the 163 to meet your needs.

have fun breaking that 20 day mark!
post #8 of 15
I was in a similar situation. I spent my first years skiing on an older pair of K2 Patriots (I was 53). One friend advised that I get a pair of Fischer RX9's. I was worried and posted a similar message and got similar responses.

DO NOT WORRY!! You will be fine. The RX9's were so much more ski that they made me a better skier. Fischer and Volkls have similar reputations.

Long and short of it. Just get out and ski them. Then you are required to post a message with your grin at the end of the first day.

Someone said take lessons. I second that. It WILL make a tremendous difference.

You're going to love those skis.

KenE
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by pcskier View Post
I somewhat impetuously purchased a pair of last year's Volkl Unlimited AC3's (sans titanium) at 163 cm, and now I wonder if I bought too much ski for myself.


It's probably too late to return the skis, but I don't mind selling them on e-bay and getting a ski that is more suitable for my ability. Will eagerly await the collective wisdom of the board. Thanks. Everyone hope for snow.
Well, just ski the suckers. It's not like you're thinking about buying them.: Give 'em a couple of days, before you sell them. Chances are you will like them.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. This makes me feel a lot better (and it really was a pretty good deal). I will definitely post my take after I ski them for the first time (only 26 days to go!). Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
post #11 of 15
The AC3 is true all-mtn and will take you places you thought were impossible ... so work on your technique . 163 will be mighty fun.

But, be prepared! Typically, once a Volkl gets going in one direction or another it will keep going in that direction, so the edge of the trail comes up pretty fast. This will be a way different experience than those Heads.

If by "PC" you mean "Park City", then these skis are an excellent choice, particulary for that tastey edge-of-trail powder that builds up. They'll also be fair in the fluff, although a few more cm up to about 170 would have been better on those days. The longer models have to be driven at far higher speeds on the groomed, though.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Now I'm worried again

See, now I'm worried again. Fast and I don't mix very well. Yes, PC is Park City. Fast usually ends up with me in a sling and a prescription for pain killers. Like I said before, I'm a wuss. Hmmmm.
post #13 of 15
What I'm saying is that longer skis (175+) need progressively more speed to turn "easily". Now I don't know for sure about the AC3 (because I can't remember if I've tried that or the AC4) but a 170 will run real slow if you want to, although it'll take work to go REALLY slow. I don't ski fast, either, (because I like to "work" the hill rather than pass it by) so most people can't ski behind me because they can't keep from picking up speed. And that's on a 170, but it can be work.

As far as Volkl's turning, what I'm saying is they don't usually like to skid, i.e., it can be trouble "feathering a turn" or being sloppy. Generally, they just keep going straight if you skid 'em or TURN, baby, TURN when you engage the edge. The AC3 is a lot more stable and feels much more secure than a lower-end ski, but you still have to respect it a little when you start out, because you can let it take you for a ride if you're not careful. But once you master it, you can pretty much ignore "bad" conditions because it'll ski 'em like the groomed.

These are the real deal and if you want to back up that condo investment, the AC3 will open up a lot of mountain (like parts of the trail the riff-raff won't go, for starters).
post #14 of 15
Don't over think it, you're going to be fine on 163 AC3s. They may not be the best in the deep stuff but overall you'll love them.
I'm not sure about all this over analyzing that bsather is doing but I'm 5'9 and have 168 Volkl 5*s and 170 AC 4s they are both a blast to ski slow or fast.
post #15 of 15
Maybe too much, but it appeared pcskier was getting nervous about "going to the next level" (a pure blue ski to all-mtn). Just trying to give some insight on what it will be like to make the jump ... it'll be OK.

Eric S is right on target ... yo' gonna' be one happy boy!
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