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Volkl AC4 or Racetiger GS?

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I have a pair of Volkl Allstars (168cm) which are my everyday skis here in the Central NY. I love these skis for everything from short turns, to moderately fast GS turns. I notice, however, that when I ski Vermont or out West on steeper slopes and at higher speeds-the Allstars begin to feel unstable. Therefore, I am looking to add a second pair of skis to my quiver. I am a level 8 skier who loves(lives) to carve. I am 220 lbs. and stay out of the bumps. I am debating between a pair of AC-4's at 177cm, or the Racetiger GS at 175cm. Any thoughts?:
post #2 of 8
If you are taking these out west and if you venture off the trail...The AC4. If you are going to be 100% on the trail..still the AC4. You have a narrow ski in the Allstars.
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At 220 lbs you should be on a longer ski than a 175 GS, if you go with the Racetiger buy at least a 180. Your Allstar should be a 175.

The AC4 in a 177 (good length) will be good for softer conditions and will ski similar to your allstar, do you want a ski like your allstar for softer days?
post #4 of 8
Here's another consideration: Nordica Top Fuel (I'd go 170 as a level 8). If you like the AC-4 then try the Top Fuel. It's a mid-fat like the AC-4 but it carves better. It's stiff relative to the AC-4.
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Paul-I couldn't believe your suggestion! I own a pair of the Hot Rods (Top Fuels)at 170. I haven't skied them much since buying the Allstars. Maybe I already have the best two-ski quiver
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Paul-I couldn't believe your suggestion! I own a pair of the Hot Rods (Top Fuels)at 170. I haven't skied them much since buying the Allstars. Maybe I already have the best two-ski quiver
AC-4 and Top Fuel are similar. They are all mountain skis. If you like groomers then the Allstars are better.

How do you like the Top Fuels?
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Paul-let me put it this way: there are only two pair of skis that I have ever owned for more than one season-the Allstars and the Top Fuels. Once I really learned to carve though, the Allstars were so much quicker, edge to edge, that is what I skied on most of the time. I always thought that the Top Fuels were a cross between a bulldozer and a Porche. Huge sweet spot and very stable. Anyway, you've got me to thinking-I 'm going to get the Nordies out tomorrow and give them a good thrashing on the slopes.
Anyone else out there that has tried both the AC4 and the Top Fuels?
post #8 of 8
I've skied the AC3 and the Top Fuels. The 3 is a bit softer than the 4 and obviously a bit slimmer. I preferred the Top Fuel over the 3 on pretty much everything- better snow feel, more versatile turn shape, more kick out of turns, and required less speed to come alive without reaching a speed limit. The 3s were overly damp, which really isn't my idea of a fun ski. They also required a lot of speed to really start kicking at the end of turns- although most Volkl skiers will claim otherwise; its no secret that most Volkl faithful are tailgunners.
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