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Volkl '08 tiger shark review

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I tested the '08 Tiger Shark 12 at Keystone today.

Conditions: very warm 48 degrees, super hard pack.

This was a perfect ski for today's lousy conditions. Terrific edge hold and turn initiation. The only real hesitation I had with this ski was the odd switch that controls tension springs in the shovel of the ski. I could feel a difference with the springs engaged but I didn't really feel that the switch has a real world function. Volkl claims that you can give the ski a variable flex based upon the switch position as it control two rods running the length of the ski and attached to springs in the shovel. Seemed to me that this was just another thing that could break.

That being said, I thought that this was one terrific groomer ski. The faster I went the better it held edge. Made nice mid radius turns, could also handle some nice quick snap turns. This ski is a great evolution of the supersport series.
post #2 of 15
Sounds like the non-switch version of the Tigershark will be a better for the, as you put, real world function. Good to see that the ski is a good evolution of the Supersports.
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I would think that it would be difficult for the Tigershark 12 at 79mm under foot to be a great hardpack ski for us easterners. Maybe, a perfect Supersport replacement out at Aspen for Skierhj, but the 10 at 73mm may likely be a better choice in the east. Time and demo's will tell.
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I skied both the 10 and 12 (w/switch) at the Mammoth trade fair, both are great skis, but the 12 is pretty burly and I would think the 10 would probably make a better eastern ski. In fact, although I am a western dealer, I am changing my "eary bird purchase" to put more emphasis on the 10 as I feel it will suit more skiers.

SJ
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
I skied both the 10 and 12 (w/switch) at the Mammoth trade fair, both are great skis, but the 12 is pretty burly and I would think the 10 would probably make a better eastern ski. In fact, although I am a western dealer, I am changing my "eary bird purchase" to put more emphasis on the 10 as I feel it will suit more skiers.

SJ
SJ, My local shop owners/employees here in MA had the identical opinion.
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Curious, are the Tigersharks really made in China as someone suggested they would be?
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Curious, are the Tigersharks really made in China as someone suggested they would be?
No.
post #8 of 15
I loved the Tigershark 10: great ski on hardpack, stable, and super versatile. It rocked in the bumps and in moderate crud, all while being very forgiving. The Tigershark 12 was more of a mixed bag for me: it was stable, but was stiff in the bumps, and not as stable as the other midfat skis off-piste. It felt like a hardpack ski that was wide (a trend I noticed that many skis are going toward). I slightly preferred the Nomad BlackEye, which has similiar dimensions, but was a bit more energetic on hard snow and still forgiving off-piste. If I was a Volkl dealer, I would probably order the Tigershark 10, 12, and the Mantra for the 3 base high-end models, or maybe the 10, AC40, and Mantra (the AC40 and 12 were similiar, although the 12 hooked up better on the hardpack and felt similiar off-piste, and maybe was a shade more forgiving) The 10 especially was a superb ski, and stood out as a versatile do-it-all ride that was high performance yet not demanding. We skied others that had a bit higher top-end, but not without a forgiveness penalty. On the 12, the switch thingie really stiffened it up, and I liked it better with the switch set "off".
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What are the tip and tail dimensions of the 10? What lengths are available?
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The Tigershark is a complete success at the ISPO tradeshow in Munich. Sounds like it is generating a lof of buzz overseas. Maybe it will be as revolutionary as they claim.
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What are the tip and tail dimensions of the 10? What lengths are available?
121-73-105..............(154,161,168,175)

SJ
post #12 of 15
So what kind of a ski is this, a recreational racer?
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For What it's worth talked to two dealers who have skied them. They say they are amazing. Both liked the 10 better than 12 purely due to the dimensions. Both felt a significant change with the switch and both liked it better off.
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Tigershark marketing video

http://www.youtube.com/v/LJ-aNX2gYfk
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I demoed the 2008 Volkl Tigershark 12 w/powerswitch yesterday, 168cm length, conditions were springtime icy hardpack in the morning, carveable pack midday, slush and goo in the afternoon. As an owner of the 07 AC4, I was curious how much duplication and overlap there would be with this 79mm model and the AC4/40 and AC3/30. As it turns out they are completely different skis designed for completely different skier types.

First, just picking the ski up in the shop, the Tigersharks felt super light compared to my AC4's which I use for arm curls when not skiing. The Tsharks are definitely more of a finesse ski, very easy to carve quick short and medium sized turns and much less work than skiing the AC4's. With the switch off, the ski reminded me of the old 5 star, a very smooth easy carving ski. Turning the switch on creates a subtle but noticeable difference in stiffness, turn radius and energy. The ski wants to run out a little further and feels significantly more lively underfoot. I still think it's a bit of a gimmick as most skiers will choose to leave the switch on or off and not click out and change the setting before each new run.

The ski handles moguls just fine and can carve through light spring crud although it probably wouldn't be my first choice to bust up heavy tracked up Sierra cement. Very quick and easy to take through tight tree lines smearing up the springtime slush as well.

This would be a fine choice as a modern wider carving ski, excellent edge grip on morning ice, easy to vary turn shape and length, good in moguls, and can even be used for some light duty off piste work. It is definitely more of a light finesse ski vs the AC4 which is about as burly a ski as there is on the market. It is not as precise a carver as a racetiger or much of the fischer carving/racing line but will be perfectly fine for the vast majority of skiers who don't want race-like performance characteristics.

Overall a welcome addition to the market, surprisingly versatile, very different from the tank-like crudbusters like the AC3/4 and Top Fuel/Jet Fuel.
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