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I just saw a pair decorating a restaurant, so I took them down to look for the flex numbers. 49-46! .... a perfect pair. Geez they were stiff, skinny and straight.
I just acquired a pair of VR17's from a fellow Bear. 200cm Slaloms....
Flex numbers 54-52 (both skis)......
post #32 of 52
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You might as well re badge a VW Jetta as a Porsche.
And call it a 914:
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And call it a 914:
My Chevelle would get stuck behind those on Loveland pass, but only until I got a dotted line in my lane.
post #34 of 52

A few things to add: I thought the numbers referred to either a GS or SL version - they were all VR17s - I thought if the numbers were close together, they were SL skis and if they were wider apart, they were GS - but I might have dreamed that... In 84, I bought a pair of silver/grey VR27s in France - this is WAY before Atomic took over. They were awesome - more forgiving than the original VR17s, for sure, but a terrific all-rounder. And I do recall the Lange skis with the black and yellow 'large L' topsheets. They had blue and burgundy trim. This is well before cap skis - great construction, etc. Made in France, but I think they were widely available...

post #35 of 52

nicely written I still have both my vr17s and my rossi stratos  both 207s circa 1968. Both had the look nevada bindings with the still dry rotted leather safety straps. Funny i probably was 5'6" and 125 pounds back them and I was skiing on an olympic racers skis. just for reference i also skied on  kneisel Diplomats ,head 360s, head masters  with the blue print ,, hart javelins, then graduated to volkls and have been on them ever since my first pair of rentigers.

post #36 of 52
Thread Starter 

Welcome rlewis!  You totally need to check out this thread:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/69076/more-retro-memories

post #37 of 52

don't remember if all 17s had two stripes but these slaloms leaning on the shed do. Just for fun used them in the bumps at Kicking Horse on one very icy day about 3 years ago. They still can hold an edge but I am sure every ski I have had since these has been an improvement in some way.

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post #38 of 52
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nicely written I still have both my vr17s and my rossi stratos  both 207s circa 1968. Both had the look nevada bindings with the still dry rotted leather safety straps. Funny i probably was 5'6" and 125 pounds back them and I was skiing on an olympic racers skis. just for reference i also skied on  kneisel Diplomats ,head 360s, head masters  with the blue print ,, hart javelins, then graduated to volkls and have been on them ever since my first pair of rentigers.

Didn't those VRs have the "cracked" edges that was advertised to suposedly help the ski flex?

post #39 of 52

the vr's did have the factory installed cracked edges unlike the Salomon Superforce 3s which managed to develop their own cracked edges over time.
 

post #40 of 52

I had the 184s when I was a junior in high school, moved up to the 204s next year, only skis I ever really raced on. Cracked edges.  Skied those 204s all through college and broke them on a rock at Snowbird early season year after graduating. 

Rocked them with an even earlier (pre-"reverse" buckles) version of these:


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Edited by prickly - 8/10/12 at 4:37am
post #41 of 52

I have an old pair of dynamic equipe VR-27 skis. I don't ski much though and wanted to know if anyone could tell me more information about them. They are slalom skis in black and yellow and are from the 70's 

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I have an old pair of dynamic equipe VR-27 skis. I don't ski much though and wanted to know if anyone could tell me more information about them. They are slalom skis in black and yellow and are from the 70's 


pics would be helpful

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excellent, these can't be any earlier than 82.  that is when the 17's were replaced with 27's  your VR27 EQUIPE SL should have the same dimensions as the 17's but with some carbon fiber to lighten them up.  slap some bindings on there and ski 'em.  they are like crampons on the ice. if not, there are probably some folks on the list here that would be interested in buying them.

 

hope that helped.

 

Royal

post #45 of 52
Old thread I know, but nearly shed a tear at seeing this. The vr27 circa 1985 or so was the last ski I owned before buying shaped skis this year. I was all about the cracked edges then. Had a pair of vr15 before them.
post #46 of 52

LOU,

 

I HAVE A PAIR OF THE ORIGINAL VR17`s

 

WHAT KIND OF OFFER ARE THINKING ABOUT ...................I SKI THEM EVERY YEAR AND THEY ARE READY TO GO !

 

GREG POLSKI

post #47 of 52
"In response to the post suggesting that Dynamic "sometimes used just one strip"

Well no, all Dynamic VR17s had double slash strips on the top sheet at the tips, as that was the company/brand logo, where as the model/brand was "VR 17", sometimes with a French style slashed 7. My 1970s VR17 220cm. downhill skis have the yellow strips on top, and two aluminum strips inset into the bottom of the tip. (Although at this point the topsheet was without the slashed French-style 7s).
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Edited by aarrkk - 2/3/16 at 12:55pm
post #48 of 52
My 1970s Dynamic VR 17 DH skis - Descent/Downhill skis, 220cm long and used by Dave Murray of the Crazy Canuck era Canadian National Team before me. I liked these DH skis the best because I made the most progress with them. -- -- --
post #49 of 52

As one can see with my 1970s 220cm VR17s above (and via the link below), the top sheet had some issues, and not just with my struggles with the tip crossing of my first pair of DH skis. The top sheet yellow stripes at the tip have much of the silk-screened paint flaked off, and there are shatter cracks on the top-sheet of these skis at the tip from shoulder to shoulder. (Although yes, there is not much of a shoulder on these skis). I think it has something to do with France not often having temperatures going down to -40° C/F (yes, as we - I'm sure - all remember -40 is the same temperature in both Celsius (or centigrade) & the Fahrenheit scale.) Where as quickly after getting these skis I partook in a DH ski camp outside of Prince George, BC, (Purden Mountain) that featured much good fun, but some less fun extreme low temperatures for a couple of days, (Its hard to wax for minus -40° F/C.) I think though that we skiers from Prince George, and visiting racers from Kamloops and Rossland, and the like were getting some advantage over the teams that came up from Vancouver, where -40° C/F is a very rare thing at their ski hills, and thank fully only once every several years in the Central Interior of BC which is how PG is described. (Please be not afraid of the cold skiing temperature there because with global warming they'll be skiing in cut-offs like in Tahoe [be afraid of global warming, I'd guess] and by the way they do ski in t-shirts and cut-offs and bikinis, but during their spring skiing, which happens in mid-april, or when ever the skiers give up for golf. {I don't golf}).

 

Here is a long and skinny photo of some long and skinny skis.

(My 1970s race skis:  220cm. Dynamic VR17 DH skis and my 215cm. Rossignol ROC 550 GS skis.)

 

https://flic.kr/p/sEQXgW

post #50 of 52

I skied old Langes with recently acquired Dynamic VR17s last Friday.

 

Everything you can see except for the glasses and turtleneck are from the 70s.

 

I raced on skis just like these with the same bindings and similar boots in the early 70s. Snow conditions made for hero skiing. SL, GS and mogul turns were all easy with these super skis. Thanks to my brother, @royal and @oldandslow for helping me put together this gear. The bindings were tested with the Vt. Calibrator and performed as well as any modern binding. The boots are fairly soft but permit excellent control. 

 

I owned the coat, sweater and gloves I'm wearing when they were new. The rest has been acquired. CB coat and pants, Demetre sweater, Kerma poles. 

 

 

 

For anyone looking for VR17s: these will NEVER be for sale. ;-)

post #51 of 52

@aarrkk , If you ever need to recover space, I collect DHs and could find a home for the DHs. I had a pair from Tyler Palmer of similar vintage; my first DHs.

 

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At Whiteface, NY

 

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Cranmore Mt., NH

post #52 of 52

 

Steamboat 2013     Billy Kidd showing off his black and yellow beauties.  Looks like lots of stickers on the topsheets.

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