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Volkl AC40 vs AC50

post #1 of 12
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Hi all,
New to the forum, but have been snow skiing for 20+ years. I know that I want 170 skis, but need help deciding between two Volkl skis...AC40 or AC50. I know I have read that this has been discussed, but I can't seem to find a comparison anywhere. I'm leaning towards the AC40's because I can get a great price.

Is there a big difference?

Please help.

Thanks.

-Paul
post #2 of 12
1 year and 3mm.
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
1 year and 3mm.

Whiteroom:

I know you know your stuff. Is the comparison between these two skis just that simple? I hear contradictory reports as to the construction of the AC50. Some say it is stiffer than the AC40, and others say the opposite.

I have never skied the AC50. I own the AC40.
post #4 of 12
There's an AC50 review on the "Reviews" forum (by me - lucky you), that contains several posts regarding AC50's vs. AC40's.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
1 year and 3mm.
Translation:
The AC40 has been discontinued for the 2008-09 season. The AC50 is new this year and replaces the AC40. (the AC20 & AC30 stay) So one of the reasons why the AC40 is cheaper is that it's last year's remainder product and the AC50 is brand new.

The AC50 is 3mm wider (128-85-112 vs 125-82-110)

Another difference is they beefed up the sidewalls and re-engineered the binding mount to provide better edge grip (or maybe the same edge grip in a wider ski - anyway the 'wide ride' technology is about providing edge grip for wide skis).

I haven't had a chance to try the AC50 so I can't say how different they feel. If it were me, I'd buy the AC40 and spend the difference on lift tickets.
post #6 of 12
Good luck finding the AC40 in 170cm. I'm thinking " mission impossible"
post #7 of 12
Buckmans.com has them in 170.
post #8 of 12
Ditch the AC50 idea and get the Blizzard Magnum 8.7!
post #9 of 12
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Ditch the AC50 idea and get the Blizzard Magnum 8.7!
That might be a very good suggestion (depending upon the op's agenda). If the op's priority is a wide carver with great edge grip on really hard snow, the Volkls are probably better at that. OTH, if the priority is a wide carver with reasonable capabilities in softer snow, the Blizzi is better.

As always....it's priorities.

SJ
post #10 of 12

ac40 vs ac50

Hi Paul, where do you normally ski? How would you describe your ability?
post #11 of 12
Hello!
I got the AC 50 this year. I have to say - so far I am quite happy with them. The ONLY downside to me is the length I got. I love a stiff ski (ex-racer) and have had a hard time getting a all mountain that's stiff. Skied groomed today - and they GRIP - I love it. Skied some bumps / powder - no complaints. My only issue is in the trees or tight bumps - I got 177's - I wish I had 170's.

I am 200 lbs - 6 foot ...

Happy Hunting.
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Originally Posted by Cuttin' Edge View Post
Hello!
I got the AC 50 this year. I have to say - so far I am quite happy with them. The ONLY downside to me is the length I got. I love a stiff ski (ex-racer) and have had a hard time getting a all mountain that's stiff. Skied groomed today - and they GRIP - I love it. Skied some bumps / powder - no complaints. My only issue is in the trees or tight bumps - I got 177's - I wish I had 170's.

I am 200 lbs - 6 foot ...

Happy Hunting.
Yes, they're a bit beefy in the bumps. No noodles here.

But, I'd say you did the right thing with 177's. Your size and weight is perfect for that size.

You'd lose stability and power with the shorter length. Perhaps on smaller mountains, it's worth the trade. But, on a big hill, I'd be unwilling to give-up the length.

I just accept that I'm not going to be slithering in the boomples with these things.

Like you, I love them everywhere else. Just adore that edge-grip. Recently went back to my M:EX's for a day - they're dogs by comparison.
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