Originally Posted by Philpug
IMHO, you could find a leftover AC30 for around 500 without much sacrifice in edge gip.
I have never skied the AC30.
I once owned the AC40 in 177cm.
I ended up getting rid of the AC40. I found it slow in transitioning between edges, lacking some of the quickness I enjoy for Eastern skiing. I am sure some of this was related to the 80mm+ waist. (Although the Rossi CX80 has a similar waist and I thought this ski easily outperformed the AC40).
Edge grip was decent on the AC40 but not stellar. The AC40 seemed to be a good ski but was not exceptional at any one thing.
In comparison the Tigershark, seemed to be much higher in performance (much quicker, wonderful edge grip on ice, and better in the bumps with the switch off). I had a few days Vermont which were windblown and icy. The Tigershark 10 just railed on the ice.
I guess this experience with The AC40 has always (and possibly incorrectly) negatively biased me against the AC series.
I realize the AC30 is narrower in the waist than the AC40 and may be quicker and with have greater edge grip.