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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
My old skis and bindings are about to be retired, and I'm pretty bummed cause I liked them a lot. I'm 5'7" and 140lbs. I've been on Fischer RX6 FTi 165cm for 5 years. I love to fly with them on groomers, but do a fair bit of steeps and trees too, so I'd like something that does a little better off of the groomers. I like a ski that is stiff enough to respond to pretty aggressive input, I hate having a ski that flaps around when I'm at speed. I ski mostly at Copper and Winter Park.

Found some deals on Volkl Tigershark 10'- 168cm.

I've sort of forgotten a lot of what I've looked at. Any suggestions? What about sizing? The Fischers were a little long for me when I bought them but I've grown and am pretty comfortable with the 165s. Not looking to spend a whole lot more than $500.

Thanks, I've really enjoyed reading some of these threads.
post #2 of 14
Welcome to the forums. I'm close to your size: 5'8", 150lbs, ski Copper, and also like a stable ski at speed. If you are interested in the Volkl brand (which is certainly high speed friendly) and also want to ski trees and bowls, try looking at something wider under foot than the Tigershark. I've used the AC4s (170cm) for the past few seasons and have been impressed at how a 82mm width ski can rail the groomers, but still perform well in the bowls and moguls. The extra float you get will be appreciated for use off piste. The AC4s were rebadged as AC40s last season and replaced this year by the AC50. Lastly, shoot me a PM if you want to share some turns at Copper this season.....always fun skiing with new folks.

Duane
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback. I'll PM you once I'm allowed to, looking to go up probably on Thursday. I'll be skiing mostly Fridays.

Anybody know of any deals on Volkl's going on?

Also what's the transition going to be like from pretty narrow (67mm) up to 82 going to be like? I like the more familiar dimensions of the TS.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Skidud313 View Post
Thanks for the feedback. I'll PM you once I'm allowed to, looking to go up probably on Thursday. I'll be skiing mostly Fridays.

Anybody know of any deals on Volkl's going on?
No problem. I'm off most Fridays, so that works for me. Check online for last year's model. Most local shops sell out every year.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok, quick comparo-

163cm AC4's used for 10 days for $350 with demo plate (I'm reluctant about demo bindings b/c of the potential for limited functionality and the fact that my current bindings aren't working any more because the demo plate is shot)
or
168 Tigershark 10ft new for $440?
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Correction- no demo plate on the AC4's.
post #7 of 14
Great deal on the AC40s. Get them if you want more off piste versatility. Go for the Tigersharks if you want a ski that rips on groomed and hardpack at the expense of off piste conditions. In my opinion, the ACs will be a better all around ski, and 10 days of use should be of little consequence unless there is unrepairable damage to the bases (AC40s are sturdy skis).
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
I won't be sacrificing stability or rigidity at speed with the AC4's, will I? I'm wondering if the Tigersharks might not serve me better- I'm used to a skinny waist in steep and deep and trees, so a 73mm waist is still an upgrade... But I've read great things about the AC4. I just have to have a stiff ski for my style and preference.
post #9 of 14
Are you looking at the 06/07 AC4s (red) or the 05/06 AC4s (gray)? The red ones are stiffer than the 1st year models. As mentioned, I have the Gray ones that lacked the titanium reinforcements, but these skis still rip on groomers, and like most high end Volkls, they seem to have no speed limit (read: very stable at speed). The 2nd year skis are stiffer with the addition of more metal. Both models will "spank" you if you get in the back seat. I can understand your hesitation about going wider, but I think you will see from most all the posters on these forums that wider does not mean slower or less stable, just more fun and versatility.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Looking at the gray ones. Here's my final 3, making a decision sometime soon- at least to buy and try, and if I don't like them sell or return:

Tigershark 10' 168cm $440 new
Supersport Allstar 06/07 161cm $285 lightly used
Unlimited AC4 05/06 163cm $350 like new

Thanks for your help spdskr, anyone else got anything to chime in? I always appreciate second opinions.
post #11 of 14
[quote=spdskr;1032280]Are you looking at the 06/07 AC4s (red) or the 05/06 AC4s (gray)? The red ones are stiffer than the 1st year models. As mentioned, I have the Gray ones that lacked the titanium

The first year ac4's were orange, then red, then grey
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by skierhj View Post

The first year ac4's were orange, then red, then grey
Here is a link to the skis from 05-06 that I was referring to:
05-06 Volkl AC line
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Got the AC4's. Skied them today for the first time. They are MONSTERS. Every bit as stiff as I like/can handle, hold an edge like they're on rails, and the wider waist is definitely a plus in the trees and bumps- Copper had 2 feet in 2 days, what better conditions to test out new skis on?
post #14 of 14
Good to hear. Glad you enjoy the AC4s. Certainly my favorite ski of all the ones I've owned.

Now, shame on you for feasting on all that powder on a work day for the rest of us .
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