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VOLKL Opinions

post #1 of 15
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Looking for opinions on the VOLKL AC 30 as an all around single quiver ski for the east. I've been on them for a short time (borrowed from a friend) and find them to be a very well behaved ski. Any comments/opinions are welcome.
post #2 of 15
I liked them too, but I liked the Nordica Top Fuel and the Dynastar 8000 better.
post #3 of 15
many people believed the Nordica line outskied the volkl line of mid-fats.

Volkl AC series vs. Nordica's Hot Rod series.

I have a Hot Rod Jet Fuel and can attest to its versatility. Not a deep snow ski, but rips everything else.

they're worth a look. (don't be afraid of the system binding either as many people believe that systems can only be used on that one ski. The Hot Rods' plate is mounted on a flat ski... Any crafty tech would be able to mount it again to another flat ski... should the need arise.)
post #4 of 15
I'm an AC3/30 fan. Can't wait to use them tomorow, nice half powder day! Snow has been too hard to use them, race skis have been getting too much attention.

May I suggest that you get the AC3 over the 30, graffix are hideous on the 30 (those slits kill the look).
post #5 of 15
My husband is a Volkl Guy all the way. He's on a Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous now.
Still loves his race tigers over the Mach 3, tho.
post #6 of 15
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My husband is a Volkl Guy all the way. He's on a Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous now.
Still loves his race tigers over the Mach 3, tho.
fair enough... the race tiger has like a 30 year history of R and D. (I know, it was my first pair. they were orange with black stripes and 120cm.)
post #7 of 15
Volkl forever.

I find the Nordica's a little heavy/sluggish.

There's my .02 cents.
post #8 of 15
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Volkl forever.

I find the Nordica's a little heavy/sluggish.

There's my .02 cents.
Then try the 8K (or the 8.8K) and get ready for an epiphany.
post #9 of 15
AC 30 rocks. It seems like a great ski for the one ski east coast quiver. It's a solid ski on the hard pack, great at high speed groomers, very good off piste and solid in softer snow.

It's definitely not a powder ski, but I'd guess it would be pretty comfortable in anything up to about 12 inches.
post #10 of 15
AC30 is a good ski, provided you are looking for a "modern" GS/all mountain ski with a large turn radius. Don't ski it too long, as it is pretty stout. I would probably opt for something with a bit more width, like an Elan Magfire 12, which is more versatile. I am not a fan of the AC40, which is supposed to be Volkl's true all-mountain ski at 82mm underfoot. There are better skis out there, IMO. Volkl needs a ripping 85-90mm crudbuster that feels as good as the P60 GS: their laminate race skis are amongst the most fun around, but the AC series feels a little funky.
post #11 of 15
I skied the AC40 last season during a demo day. I came off the ski wondering what all the hype was. IMO, they were mediocre at just about everything. I think I skied them in a 177. Short to medium radius carved turns were quite simple on the skis and they did have a noticeable speed limit. They felt very light for the category of ski they are in and were kicked around a lot more than I expected for a supposedly stiff ski with an 82mm waist. If I were buying in this category I wouldn't even look at Volkls. I'd sooner gravitate toward Head, Nordica, or Fischer.
Later
Greg
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
I skied the AC40 last season during a demo day. I came off the ski wondering what all the hype was. IMO, they were mediocre at just about everything. I think I skied them in a 177. Short to medium radius carved turns were quite simple on the skis and they did have a noticeable speed limit. They felt very light for the category of ski they are in and were kicked around a lot more than I expected for a supposedly stiff ski with an 82mm waist. If I were buying in this category I wouldn't even look at Volkls. I'd sooner gravitate toward Head, Nordica, or Fischer.
Later
Greg
I skied the Tigershark 12 today for an extended demo. It is the ski that the AC40 "should" be, as it out-performed the AC40 in every way. You would like it, and it isn't too far off in terms of feel from a Racetiger, while being much more versatile in crud. It is noticeably heavier, and has a more traditional wood-core feel, somewhat similar to the Cold Heat, but quicker edge-to-edge.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post
I skied the Tigershark 12 today for an extended demo. It is the ski that the AC40 "should" be, as it out-performed the AC40 in every way. You would like it, and it isn't too far off in terms of feel from a Racetiger, while being much more versatile in crud. It is noticeably heavier, and has a more traditional wood-core feel, somewhat similar to the Cold Heat, but quicker edge-to-edge.
I skied it the same day I skied the AC40 actually. I skied the one with the switch. The switch is worthless, but a cool idea. I liked the ski, but it still felt a little bit uninspiring. That would have been the length coming into play - combined with the stiffness the 175 is a lot of ski and likes to go fast. I agree that it is the ski that the AC40 should have been.

I wish Volkl would scrap the whole weird profiled skis, and just build sandwich skis - because in reality that is what they are good at. Skis like the Matra, Gotama, and the RaceTigers are great skis. The "fancy cap skis" are usually crap compared to their sandwich counterparts.

Later

Greg
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
I wish Volkl would scrap the whole weird profiled skis, and just build sandwich skis - because in reality that is what they are good at. Skis like the Matra, Gotama, and the RaceTigers are great skis. The "fancy cap skis" are usually crap compared to their sandwich counterparts.

Later

Greg
Who knows-they might! Is the production in China set up to produce anything except sandwich skis?
post #15 of 15
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Who knows-they might! Is the production in China set up to produce anything except sandwich skis?
I hope not. Can you imagine how great a laminite version of the Tigershark could ski? Volkl would start getting into the "giant carver" category like Nordica and Fischer have.
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