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A Good Frontside Volkl For An Ex-Racer?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I already have and LOVE my Mantras, but I'm thinking about getting a new ski for frontside cruising. I'm more of a high speed GS carver, but I also like the quickness that nearly any Volkl has. What's a good, fast, stable and quick Volkl that would be a good compliment to my Mantra in the quiver?
post #2 of 18
Tigershark 10' Powerswitch.

SJ
post #3 of 18
This is easy, Volkl RC Race.

Next question...
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post
This is easy, Volkl RC Race.

Next question...
Yes the RC is it! Dont go for the Tiger shark
post #5 of 18
Racetiger GS (the consumer, 18m ski) is a great choice. If you want to look at other brands (and there are some superb skis out there!) the Elan GSX, Fischer Progressor, Norica Mach 3/Mach 3 Power, K2 Crossfire,and Head Supershape Magnum are a few standouts.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
It's funny - right after I posted that I was thinking why the hell not just GET a GS ski. I remember back in the day when your choices really only WERE race skis - none of this all mountain freeride park pipe BS. What's the difference between the consumer and the race stock GS?
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by KyndKyd View Post
It's funny - right after I posted that I was thinking why the hell not just GET a GS ski. I remember back in the day when your choices really only WERE race skis - none of this all mountain freeride park pipe BS. What's the difference between the consumer and the race stock GS?
the consumer version is easier tu steer, slightly shorter radius, comes with integrated bindings

race stock is binding-less ski, slightly stiffer and goes up to 193. longer radius as well
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
How about GS vs RC?

(thanks for all the great advice BTW!)
post #9 of 18
RC is a mid-level ski, with simple, low DIN bindings (Marker M11). The GS is beefier, and has better bindings (Marker M14).
post #10 of 18
Mid-level as in mid way between a SL and a GS ski. It's still a high end ski.

The Fischer Progress may be a thought too. Good point dawgcatching.
post #11 of 18

Tigershark

Volklskier, curious why you dis the Tigershark 10' w/ switch. I haven't been on them but am eager to demo...you don't like?
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Re-Skier View Post
Volklskier, curious why you dis the Tigershark 10' w/ switch. I haven't been on them but am eager to demo...you don't like?
I am not VolklSkier, but I can give you my opinion. I liked the Tigershark 10 as a versatile all-mountain carver. A race ski it is not, though. Definitely not in the same league as a high-end race-derived carver, which is perhaps what he was referring to?
post #13 of 18
That's kind of what I assumed, but it didn't seem clear to me the OP was looking for a race ski, just that he's a former racer looking for a frontside cruiser/carver.

Anyway, I'm interested in this thread cause I'm also a former racer looking for an eastern ski...but I have a feeling I may want something a little turnier and a little better in bumps than what this guy's after -- sounds like he wants stable high speed longer arcs.
post #14 of 18
I am a former racer, teacher and coach and love my new Tigershark 10s. Easy to ski, high performance but not a racing ski but that is what you want for a front side ski.
post #15 of 18
I've recently purchased the Tigersharks 10FTs (but w/o powerswitch) and they are phenomenal. I didn't try a race ski though, and one probably wouldn't have been 100% suited to my needs. Depends I suppose on what the OP's exact intended uses are.
post #16 of 18
Also a former racer, albeit before the age of shape skis. Coming back to the sport this year after almost 10 years away, so have only demoed a few of the modern skis. Anyway, I picked up a pair of Tigershark 10s with switch today and got a couple runs in on them (on scratchy frozen granular surface) after my 5 yr old had her first day in ski school (so cute).

GREAT skis. Grippy, seemed like they naturally wanted to run medium arc turns but could get them into tight turns too without working them too hard (especially in the "off" position). Great rebound. Anyway, just a couple quick runs, so yet to really feel their ins and outs, but so far I likey a lot. Was also considering Progressor and SS Magnum.

My $0.02
post #17 of 18
If you've been away for that long. I suggest you take a lesson and learn some of the tricks to using these new toy's.
post #18 of 18
Take a demo on the '08 AC30 or the '07 AC3. Both rip up the frontside and offer you the option to use them in powder if need be.
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