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Volkl Tigershark 10FT (w/o ps)

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Okay, I did a demo of these skis a couple of weeks ago in Whistler. Before I start, I'll just say that I did end up buying these skis.

My first run was a bit dodgy (me, not the skis), although this was probably because I hadn't skied since before Christmas last year. Having shaken off the cob-webs I was in full flow. And by my word, full flow was what these skis were built for.

These are probably the grippiest skis I've ever clipped on to. (I could have sworn they were gripping onto rock at one point ). Ice was dispatched with sublime ease - the only way you could really tell the difference was by the sound. Even at 168cm, a bit longer than my previous skis, they were easy to handle. Carving on-piste was enjoyment personified - simply magnificent and hugely responsive to an aggressive style, they were, none-the-less, still easy at lower speeds. Super-quick edge to edge. Stable too regardless. Really nice for long, carved turns; and, whilst obviously not the skis' forte, short turns were straightforward too.

In the bumps they were still easy enough to get a grip of, although I could notice a little bit of extra stiffness and length. They were also enjoyable off-piste - by no means a targetted area of the mountain for them, but it's not where I spend all my time anyway (just a bit of fun dabbling).

Scores /10 (just making up categories off the top of my head here):

7 Pow
7 Bumps
8 Trees
9 Stability
10 Carving (long)
8 Short Turns
10 Grip
10 Edge to Edge

8.6/10 OVERALL

Skier/Demo Conditions:
I'm a farily aggressive, mainly on-piste skier who enjoys bumps and dabbling in powder/trees. I did the demo mainly on Blackcomb, but also headed over to Whistler for a lot of the groomers. There was fresh snow, after a fall the night before.
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
Oh yes, and these didn't have a power-switch. Having skied these, whilst the idea of the power-switch sounds great (and by the sounds of it, is great) there is no need for one - for the simple reason that these are outstanding anyway.
post #3 of 12
Nice review, thanks!

It looks like the Tigershark 10 is a getting better reviews than the 12.

Both are great skis for aggressive skiing.

Michael
post #4 of 12
My own opinion is that the 10' is the best All/Super/Sport/Star....etc. that they have built yet. Much of the reason for this seems to me to be that the TS is not as "harsh" when rolled up to an edge. The TS grips as well as any of the prior models but seems less demanding. It may be that the TS is marginally softer in torsion than the previous iterations. For all that, it doesn't give up anything that I could detct.

The P/S is even better in the sense that it allows the skier to take the "edge" off the ski after that second lunchtime beer. When I first got on these last March, I mentioned that I thought that the 10' was the better ski. This opinion related to the fact that (to me) the 10' was more user friendly than the 12'. Since neither ski is stellar in softer snow, the extra width in this case seems of dubious benefit. Still......the 12' has out hyped the 10'.

SJ
post #5 of 12
Jim,

How would yo compare/contrast the Tigershark 10 to other 70-73mm wide carvers. I was thinking of skis like the Fischer Progressor, Nordica Mach 3 Power, Dynastar Limited, etc.

Michael
post #6 of 12
Jim,
I would like to hear you on this also, especially with respect to Dynastar Ltd.
Nevils
post #7 of 12
Arrrgh......

That's a fairly tall order since all these skis are sooooo good. If I still lived within 15 mins of the quad @ Stowe, my opinions might be different.

The M3 Ti is the stiffest of this batch, is the grippiest, and holds the most power. As such, this ski is a handful and too much for my tastes. The M3 Ti wants to make big fast turns with a powerful finish as it's stock in trade. You can make short turns on this puppy but be prepared for some "whoa mule" at the end. For a cold morning on the eastern manmade, I can't imagine a better ski but for myself, if I were trying to ski it hard.....I'd be toast by noon.

The Progressor is also a lot of ski. If one were willing to stay focused on med-long turns it is stellar and somewhat more manageable than the Nordy. While vaguely similar in layup to the lamented (by me) RX-9, the Progressor has much more shape and despite the flowflex plate, much more energy return. Still, the P is not quite an (expert only) kind of ski. It has quite a bit of taper and can be somewhat forgiving you if you goof with your weight placement (at least to a point). While more focused as a long turner, the P is a little more manageble for me than the Ti.

The LTD and the TS10 are somewhat easier going than the previous two mentioned. These would be applicable to a L-7 skier and up to a L-8+ or a more relaxed L-9. The TS has more grip and a more powerful turn finish. The LTD is a little more damp and releases easier. These two are really good sticks for the real world good skier. I'd say that the TS has the edge on pure hard snow performance while the LTD has the edge in bumpzzz and odd snow.

SJ
post #8 of 12

What Is  the difference in the Tiger 10  power switch and Ten ft no switch and why didn't they make the power switch in2009?  Price Power Switch is $899 and non $479 that is a big gap.

post #9 of 12

Welcome,

You may not have noticed but this a "thread" from '07-'08 season(which is fine.)May not be many comments.

As the owner of a pair of 168cm TS10 N/S, I find that most of the comments are true. The skis have great edge grip, handle very hard snow, very well, are smooth and predictable, suprisingly good in crud/off piste.

 

Having skied the TS 10(also 12) switched and TS10 N/S, the differences I found are:

When new, N/S were $200-300cheaper.

P/S skis are stiffer when switched on(I don't need any stiffer.)

I don't believe theTS10 switched are any softer when switch is off.

The TS10 N/S,unlike all the other TSs, does not have a metal top sheet which I believe make it ski more smoothly for someone of my weight and ability. 5'11" 155#  Level 9.

I wish I could ski the 175cm for crud.

I believe the price difference you sited, stems from the "gadget " effect and something for the sales clerk to talk about; most skiers wouldn't "appreciate the difference," if they weren't aware of the switch.

Also the minor cosmetic change, now that they have been out for 2 seasons(N/S in '08 did not sell as well as 10/12 switched, thus more carry over inventory.)

 

 

post #10 of 12

Volkl does make a 10 FT with switch in 2009.  It may even have an additional setting.  Check their website (carefully as I think the pictures of the 10FT may not show one with a switch, but the text list does).  If you ski on eastern ice, the difference between switch on and switch off is very noticeable.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by ALTTA View Post

 

Volkl does make a 10 FT with switch in 2009.  It may even have an additional setting.  Check their website (carefully as I think the pictures of the 10FT may not show one with a switch, but the text list does).  If you ski on eastern ice, the difference between switch on and switch off is very noticeable.


 

I have a pair of TS 10's with a switch.  There is a big difference with the switch on vs. off.  I have heard the TS 10 w/o the switch skis a bit like the 10's with the switch on.

 

Both 10's are a lot of fun on groomed and firm surfaces.  The switched 10's are a pretty good crud busters but I find them tough in the bumps as they are pretty stiff (switch on or off) and not so exciting in the powder. 

 

 

post #12 of 12

The time periods between storms has been extensive this year at Taos.  I've skied my TS 10 FTs (non-switch) more than any other ski.  It is a fantastic ski on groomed and firm surfaces.

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