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Are Volkl Grizzily's for me?

post #1 of 13
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HI this is my first post.

OK. Here is the deal. I am 46, 6'1 weigh 205lbs.

Started skiing when I was 7, have been off the slopes for the past 10 years, Been living in Hawaii Windsrufing and Surfing, Well I just moves to Flagstaff AZ, and hit the slopes today for my first time in 10 years, wow was it fun, spring conditions, so not that great of snow. I tried a Grizzly's 177cm. I am use to skiing on Slalom Skis, fast, quick turning, etc. Back in the day always had 2 pairs of skis, a good slalom ski, and a softer pair for new snow powder. It took me 2 runs to my feet back but then it all came together, I enjoyed the skis, though I have to get use to these "wide" body skis. I consider myself and advanced / expert skier. Slowing down now as I get older. I am sure a narrower ski that is a little stiffer would have worked better today in the very hard packed / icy spots conditions but was wondering if there is anything else I should be looking at. End of the season so I noticed there are some really good deals right now on skis, ie, grizzly's can be had for under $600.00 now. Hard to pass up but before I pull the trigger is there anyhting else I should look at? Oh yeah being 6'1 and 205  should I consider the 184's over the 177's

Thanks

 

post #2 of 13

 

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Originally Posted by kuau View Post

 

, wow was it fun, spring conditions, so not that great of snow. 

?? I live for spring slush! that and powder, and anyother type of snow..

 

anyway, my advice is demo them and to try the 186. The longer the better

post #3 of 13

1. The Grizzly skis big.

2. The 184 in this ski is a damn big ski

3. It will be nearly impossible to demo the 184, most shops will not stock a 184, let alone have it to demo.

4. The 177 will be enough ski.  

post #4 of 13

I am not a fan of this ski at all -- too many compromises rolled into one.  I am not sure what kind of skier/skiing they target. 

post #5 of 13

I gotta agree with 219.Not quite sure where these are aimed. My buddy demo'd a pair in 177 and I made a couple of runs on them. Heavy and planky feeling. I'm sure they'd blast thru cut up stuff, but they seem like a lot of work. BTW I'm 5'10" and 190 lbs-maybe a bigger guy could make 'em work............

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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post

 

I am not a fan of this ski at all -- too many compromises rolled into one.  I am not sure what kind of skier/skiing they target. 

 

This is the "Giant Carver" conundrum. Ie: a great answer to a question nobody is asking.

 

SJ

post #7 of 13

im 6'3" 205 and a pretty strong skier..i tried the 177 a few times over the past year and i looooooved it...

 

if i had to pick one pair of skis that was going to be my stick for every condition it would be these hands down...blasts through the crud but can still tear it up on the hardpack and ice. 

 

i didnt try the 184 and i dont know if id want to...it would border on unmanageable on the harder stuff id say...i certainly never found myself looking for something the 177 didnt have

post #8 of 13

 

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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post

 

I am not a fan of this ski at all -- too many compromises rolled into one.  I am not sure what kind of skier/skiing they target. 

 

Oh, oh wiat, I got one! If all I did was make big fast turns down a tracked out above treeline bowl... maybe it would be the only ski I would ever need. Unless it got bumped up... Maybe if the bowl was groomed? Noo no its too complicated.

post #9 of 13

Hey man,

 

I ski on the AC 50's and I skiied on the grizzly's a good solid amount of times.  I'm 5'6'' 160, and used to race.  For me, the Grizzly wanted to do its own thing.  I've skiied stiff world cup race skis and could still control them alot better than the grizzly.  I work in a ski shop and the AC 50 is definately consented as on of the best skis on the wall. Period.  It skis like a GS ski on the hard pack and move seamlessly into the soft.  A big fuy such as yourself will enjoy either ski, although for something more lively, the AC 50 bar none.

 

Cheers.

post #10 of 13

Grizzly under $600?  I wonder where I can get a deal like that.

post #11 of 13

Pretty decent ski, but I think there are better options out there if you want a mid-radius all-mountain ski: Blizzard Magnum 8.7, Head iM88, Stockli XXXL (but that is a bigger turn radius), Elan 888, new Dynastar Sultan 85 all would be skis I would put above the Grizzly.  Just my .02.  I don't buy the "hey, it's a Volkl, everyone knows they are the best" line, although they do make some very nice skis as well as some mediocre ones (as do pretty much every manufacturer these days). The Blizzard especially has a lot of pop for a wider ski with a larger turn radius, and is something I would check out. The others are mostly a bit more damp and slightly softer snow oriented.  

post #12 of 13

 

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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post

 

Pretty decent ski, but I think there are better options out there if you want a mid-radius all-mountain ski: Blizzard Magnum 8.7, Head iM88, Stockli XXXL (but that is a bigger turn radius), Elan 888, new Dynastar Sultan 85 all would be skis I would put above the Grizzly.  Just my .02.  I don't buy the "hey, it's a Volkl, everyone knows they are the best" line, although they do make some very nice skis as well as some mediocre ones (as do pretty much every manufacturer these days). The Blizzard especially has a lot of pop for a wider ski with a larger turn radius, and is something I would check out. The others are mostly a bit more damp and slightly softer snow oriented.  

I will double his .02.. Hell, round it to a plug nickle. 

post #13 of 13

I'm 50, 5'8" & 170 lbs, firm level 3 skier.  Not sure what you ski or how you ski but being a Volkl skier (own the AC4 & Mantra) I agree that the Grizzly is not quite sure what type of ski it is.  If you like Volkl, ski the frontside and like a one ski quiver than the AC50 or the AC40 is the best choice, besides I think they are great skis.  If you like the backside (as I do) than the Mantra is a great choice.  If you're just getting back to skiing than any ski with the width of the Mantra (96 at the waist) may be difficult to get use to.  But as many said, their are a lot of good skis on the market but I wouldn't consider the Grizzly one of them. 

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