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Opinions on Volkl 4 Star

post #1 of 20
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Can anyone give me their opinion of these skis? I am an improving 50 years old low level intermediate whose main skiing is on piste carving. 5' 11" and 195 lbs. No interest in racing down the mountain at high speed. Currently skiing on older Rossignol Cut 10.5s 170s.
I have a chance to pick up a mint set of Volkl 4 Star Supersport Skis in 168 with bindings for $150 CDN. Any opinions?
post #2 of 20
A touch too soft for your weight at 195lbs. 5* would be better imo.
post #3 of 20
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Thanks for the reply comprex. I ended up buying the 4 stars. I did look at some local used 5 stars for sale but none were in as good shape as the 4 stars I purchased, and the cheapest of the used 5 stars I could find was twice the price.
I think for my age and the speeds I ski at the 4 stars will hopefully be stiff enough. They are certainly stiffer than the Rossis by a long shot.
Would welcome any other opinions.
post #4 of 20
Probably will work ok in snow so long as you don't try to ski fast. Might not have enough torsional rigidity for ice. Not Ideal, but workable. Just going on stats, I haven't skied it.
post #5 of 20
I sort of had the same dilemma when I I got back into skiing after a thirty year hiatus and did what you did. Boy did I have fun!
post #6 of 20
The 4*. 5* and 6* were some of the most popular carvers just a few years back (before everything got so FAT). since you plan to stay on the groomed slopes, I think you will love them. If they start to chatter a little just slow down!
post #7 of 20
the new tigershark 8ft is basically the old 5 star. worth checking out.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post
If they start to chatter a little just slow down!
That was exactly my thinking
Thanks for the reply!
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
That for all the replies guys. I appreciate all the info.
Keep 'em coming!

Reid
post #10 of 20
I think you got a great deal on a fine ski east front side carving. My only thought is to have them tuned up by a good speciality tuning shop. That will go a long way to improving holding on hard snow.
Enjoy them.
PS - I'm about your size and if I were given the same deal, I'd think I'd find $160 someplace.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by schmittuml View Post
the new tigershark 8ft is basically the old 5 star.
hmmmm. Is it? Have you skied it?

Agree that the sidecut dimensions are roughly the same as the 5*, but the big difference I notice between the 5* and the Tigershark is that the TS is much more damp, while the 5* is very lively with lots of rebound. I own both 5*s and TS 10' and have spent the first ten days this season swapping between the two as conditions warrant, so I'm pretty familiar with both.

I haven't skied the TS 8' and I'm curious whether the it's lively like the 5*, or damp like the TS 10' / 12'.
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Laurentianskier View Post
I am an improving 50 years old low level intermediate whose main skiing is on piste carving...
Currently skiing on older Rossignol Cut 10.5s 170s.
I have a chance to pick up a mint set of Volkl 4 Star Supersport Skis in 168 with bindings for $150 CDN. Any opinions?
The four stars should work pretty well for you, and be a huge improvement over the limp Rossi Cuts you're on now. Sounds like a great deal to me. I'd say go for it, but I see you already have. Enjoy.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post
I think you got a great deal on a fine ski east front side carving. My only thought is to have them tuned up by a good speciality tuning shop. That will go a long way to improving holding on hard snow.
Enjoy them.
PS - I'm about your size and if I were given the same deal, I'd think I'd find $160 someplace.
The best part is I ended up getting them for $125 and the price included a tune up at a good shop
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
The four stars should work pretty well for you, and be a huge improvement over the limp Rossi Cuts you're on now. Sounds like a great deal to me. I'd say go for it, but I see you already have. Enjoy.
Thanks. It will be very, very interesting to see how these compare to the Cuts. My Rossis are the only skis I have ever been on, never even demoed another set of skis as yet. However I know they are pretty much beginner skis and very flexy for my weight.
I'm very curious as to how the 4 stars will feel by comparison. I guess we will find out on Saturday
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Laurentianskier View Post
I'm very curious as to how the 4 stars will feel by comparison.
Probably a little unwieldy at first until you get used to them. They'll be a bit more demanding of good technique and won't let you get away with as much as the Cuts. The flipside of this is that they'll respond much better to solid technique and make you a better skier in the long run.

Think about taking the money you saved and springing for a lesson: "I just got these new skis, can you show me how to get the most out of them?"
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
Think about taking the money you saved and springing for a lesson: "I just got these new skis, can you show me how to get the most out of them?"
You're reading my mind Thanks!
post #17 of 20
I haven't skied them, however you got a great deal.

I currently ski a 3 yr old Volkl Allstar (Black ones), which is a stiffer ski. As I'm approaching 50 myself, I'm slowing it down, therefore am considering a softer ski.

Stop second guessing yourself and just go enjoy them.

RMP
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by RMP View Post
I haven't skied them, however you got a great deal.

I currently ski a 3 yr old Volkl Allstar (Black ones), which is a stiffer ski. As I'm approaching 50 myself, I'm slowing it down, therefore am considering a softer ski.

Stop second guessing yourself and just go enjoy them.

RMP
Excellent advice and I shall follow it. In fact the gentleman from whom I am purchasing the 4 Stars just turned 60 and has decided they are now too much ski for him so he has gone to something in a softer flex. He's a much better skier than I so it will probably be about 10 years before I overpower these, and by then I'll be too old for them
post #19 of 20
I own a pair of 05/06 4 stars. I'm a bit lighter than you (160 lbs), but so long as the 4*s are on edge, speed on piste isn't a problem, you should be able to go as fast as you want to.

OTOH the Marker LTX DIN 10 bindings that came with my 4*s were a problem; they are mostly plastic, too flimsy and broke after less than two seasons of skiing. The DIN 12 Marker bindings are far more rugged. Hopefully, at your weight you got DIN 12 bindings with your skis.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Ski the East View Post
I own a pair of 05/06 4 stars. I'm a bit lighter than you (160 lbs), but so long as the 4*s are on edge, speed on piste isn't a problem, you should be able to go as fast as you want to.

OTOH the Marker LTX DIN 10 bindings that came with my 4*s were a problem; they are mostly plastic, too flimsy and broke after less than two seasons of skiing. The DIN 12 Marker bindings are far more rugged. Hopefully, at your weight you got DIN 12 bindings with your skis.
Thanks very much for the reply. I'm sure I will be able to go as fast as I want, because frankly, I don't want to go that fast LOL! Have to make it to work on Mondays. Plus I want to be able to enjoy my after a fine day of skiing.
They do indeed have the DIN 12 Marker bindings. Mind you I ski currently with my bindings set at DIN 6 and have never lost a ski, so I'm pretty sure I would be fine even with the flimsy bindings
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