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Volkl AC30 and Nordica Hot Rod Afterbuner

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

A good friend is in the market for a pair of all mountain skis for the east.  Would either of these skis be forgiving enough for a strong intermediate?  He wants to have something to progress with, but doesn't want to fight the skis now.  I think he weighs about 170.  Thoughts?

post #2 of 13

i'd categorize myself as a weak advanced skier, next step above strong intermidiate. i too am looking for a nice all mountain ski and considered both skis you mention.  Haven't purchased yet but am leaning towards teh AB.  Perhaps another ski for you to consider for your friend is the Nitrous from Nordica. Very similar to the AB but thinner, perhaps better on-trail for carving.  i'm coming off a 77 mm waist Volkl.  Fun ski but you have to push it to get it to perform.   I skied a friends Dynastar 8000 recenlty and thought that was a great ski too.  I just want to go a little wider which is why i'm leaning towards the AB.

post #3 of 13

Either the Nitrous or the AB would be a better choice than the AC-30.

 

SJ

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback ... AC30 out the window!  Is AB versus Nitrous for an intermediate simply a choice of which width is best for his skiing conditions, or are there other differences that would make one better than the other for a strong intermediate?

post #5 of 13

I hear more and more about nitrous how forgiving it is and easy to ski with it.

 

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by nonick View Post

 

I hear more and more about nitrous how forgiving it is and easy to ski with it.

 

Justifiably so, but don't make the mistake of thinking the Nitrous (or the AB for that matter) are wimpy grandpa type skis, they are not that at all. Both of those are better skis that the "top of the line" models from some companies.

 

SJ

post #7 of 13

 I still like your Monster 78's more than either of these. 

post #8 of 13
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 I still like your Monster 78's more than either of these. 

I like it! ... I can sell my Monster 78's to my buddy under the guise of helping him find a good ski!  Seriously, though, I still want something a bit more forgiving/relaxing than the Monster 78's for my own use ... I really don't think putting an intermediate on them is a good idea.  If only I were less scrupulous ...!

post #9 of 13

SJ,

 

What are the issues with the AC-30s? 

 

Thanks.

post #10 of 13
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SJ,

 

What are the issues with the AC-30s? 

 

Thanks.

 

 

its not a bad skis just there are better skis out there.

 

While skiing its just kinda of like 'whats the point"

post #11 of 13

I agree my AC 30s from last year have become my dedicated rock ski..........not a bad ski but not a great ski. For its price there are better skis out there on the market.

post #12 of 13

 

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 I still like your Monster 78's more than either of these. 

Interesting.  I guess I'm just not a fan of the Head feel.  During my demoing I took 3 runs on the Monster and returned it to the demo center.  Just felt dead to me.  In contrast I thought the AB felt alive with better energy.

post #13 of 13

havent skied the monsters but i just bought the AB's and i think they are a great ski that plows thru anything in its way. my confidence increases everytime i ski them. even starting to ski backwards, hucking small jumps and really skiing smoother and much faster than ever before.

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