Originally Posted by Rise To The Top
Supersport Allstar of Tigershark 10ft. For some reason I didnt really like the feel of the 12 over the 10.
I am now a 2nd season after introduction-user of any ski. Nowdays, I lick my chops and do my absolute best and not buy that demoed ski- I like (i.e. Tigershark 10 or Head Magnum) until that late Spring or even early Summer in the second model year. I sound like a new car buyer. huh. Two marked bonuses:
1) An improved version that addresses most of the complaints by users in its introductory first year are "improved" in the second year...Fischer Progressor comes to mind, actually an RC4 SC with a new graphics. Those refinements are key to me buying a ski nowdays. As much as I liked the Tigershark 10 (demoed over this Spring), non switchable version or the Head Magnum- I will wait for the end of the 2009 season to buy it or whatever Volkl/Head deem to rename it then. If I had to choose with what u are looking for is choce for this current season which is in its 2nd, even 3rd season, is the evolutionized version, Volkl Allstar or Fischer Progressor. Moreover, the Volkl Tigershark 12 you didn't (me too) care for in season 1, may be adjusted 12 in the second season...thus you reap the benefits of a 2nd year purchase. We may even like the switchable version WITHOUT those funky silver sidewalls?
2) In the seond year, the prices have comparatively dropped versus the debut season. Dropped even more in late Spring or early Summer. Well, you may want the new "bells and whistles" in its introductory year, but not me.
*A way out in left field suggestion is have you entertained, breaking out of your alpine mode and carving (or trying to...) on some telemark skis? I used to make jest of pinhead telemarkers but on certain days I find my alpine technique improves by working outside of the alpine envelope while on my 174 K2 Superstinks mounted with 7tm (DIN releasable) bindings. An ex-WC top 20~30 slalomer named Kiminobu Kimura runs a ski school in Hokkaido and telemarks on and off piste to "brush-up" his alpine technique, so I tried it and do NOT skin up the mountain- but it is an interesting approach to put a new light on alpine skiing.