Originally Posted by Noodler
I rode last season's AC4 about 3 times (in 170 and 177). I really liked the ski last year and it did have a bit of the "wow" factor the first time I rode it, but I was really on the fence about making that purchase and never pulled the trigger. I honestly tried to find a set of flat AC4s a few months ago, but they were all gone. All I can say about this season's AC4s is what the ski rags say - this season's version has been beefed up a bit with some additional metal. I do think it is a tad stiffer, but I think it's still fine for even lighter weight skiers. I didn't mention it in the review, but I think Marker's integrated system is one of the better ones available. I really think the piston system helps quiet the rebound of the ski and I like that feeling. Contrast that with Tyrolia's FreeFlex+ system (with the springs) which doesn't seem to do as much for the ski rebound.
Great job Noodler! I too believe that the newer AC4 binding system is a big step up. When Volkl put the iPT on last years Supersport Allstar I was so wowed that I went out and bought a pair after having demoed them
twice. One of the demoes was in 10" of blizzard condition fresh at Snowbird, but even in this "out of their element state" one could tell that the binding was part of what made them special.
Whereas I liked last years AC4, I wasn't wowed enough to buy them and ended up getting a pair of iM 82's which performed wonderfully during some spring dumps at PCM and Snowbasin. I'm anxious to try this years version with the iPT binding although I hope I don't love them too much.[I don't need yet another pair of skis].
I'm sure you'll let us know what and when you add to your quiver.