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08 Volkl Tiger Shark - thought ya'll might like to see it

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Pretty drab graphics, if you ask me for a $1200 ski/binding setup.

Then again the real question is how do they ski and will there be mechanical/warranty issues with the new power switch technology? It looks like the switch is recessed/covered, but will that nasty fellow behind you in the lift line smash the switch with the tips of his skis trying to merge from 15 to 4 in the line at the hi speed quad?
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By the way, I forgot to thank you for posting the pics. Thanks!!
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So... what does the switch do? (please don't say stiffens or softens the ski)
What is it connected to?
If it is in the OFF position; does that mean something is making it softer, or just disengaging some rod that now floats inside the ski?

this ski better rock.
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I hate switched on skis. Dollars to donuts..it is will be gone in 2 years.
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No need to panic.

The catalog says both Tigershark models will be available without the switch.
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u mean that the tigershark 10 and 12 are available without the switch?
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from what i have seen the "switch" in the tail is attached to 2 internal cables running the length of the ski to the tip where the cable runs through a spring when the switch is "off" the spring is not compressed
when the switch is "on" the cable compresses the spring, which i guess from the video i saw puts tension on the ski structure for more rebound/energy?
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i like the chrome though. flat black and chrome would be wicked-sick. without that V logo.
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Looks like a lot of moving parts, and more expensive than just buying a soft and stiff pair. It's a lot easier to lug through an airport than two pairs though.
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Looks like a lot of moving parts, and more expensive than just buying a soft and stiff pair. It's a lot easier to lug through an airport than two pairs though.
I'd be concerned about the freezing issue but I can't imagine that it has not been considered. I won't know until next week I guess, but some feedback that I've gotten is that the difference is not very noticable. OTH, others say that it is like two different skis. FWIW the graphics with the chrome etc. seem to be aimed at the conspicuous consumer. I think Phil's analogy to a BMW commercial may prove to be pretty apt.

I think that possibly the folks with slopeside lockers at Squaw and the like will want to have one for sure.

SJ
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u mean that the tigershark 10 and 12 are available without the switch?
Yes.
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Just skied all four models @ Snowbasin, had to throw in my quick observations. The skis with the switch are a very noticable difference on groomed runs. All three of us agreed on this! Since I have a row full of Rossi R11 Mutix sitting on the wall I'm very apprehensive to buy another ski with the perception of gimmicktry, but it does work in this case. The two skis without the switch ski totally different. With the switch the 10 skies a lot like the Allstar but with the capability of making it more user freindly on groomers. THe 12 with switch had a more powerful feel in both modes. The 10 witout the switch is just a nice skiing Supersport but different tnan the other model. The 12 witout the switch,WOW. I hope they sell a kevlar jock with them, Hold on and rip. Sierrajim and dawgcatching should have some better reviews coming. It will be interesting to get their opinions.
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