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post #1 of 9
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So I'm looking for my next pair of skis. I have been skiing volkl tigersharks 168's. I'm 5'9" and 174lbs. I ski mostly the white mountains and southern vt (okemo, killington, stratton). I enjoy the glades, but I'm not pro. I work on my mogul skills when it's more forgiving (not icy). I typically get bored with groomers. Is there a ski that I could use in the glades and moguls as well? Is a stiff ski like my tigersharks the right idea, or should I go with something a little bit looser? Should I investigate rockered skis?

I have demoed the Volkl AC50's and Mantra's out in heavenly this year. I really enjoyed the AC50's, but they were shorter than what I normally ride (163), so I feel as if I was cheating. They did so so in 3-4" of fresh pow. I rode the mantra's on my last day in about 6"+ and got my butt kicked. I wasn't too keen on the lack of short turns.

I read great things about the gotama's, but I don't know if they are exactly what I'm looking for. 

Another quick question: Should I be feeling a pop when I transition edges in my tigersharks? I was looking for it this weekend, and didn't get a special amount of force. I feel like on my edges, but I'm curious from reading a few threads.

Your thoughts are appreciated
post #2 of 9

Dynastar lineup, I like Sultan Legend 85's but there are others. Are'nt Volkl Gotamas powder skis -106mm waist?

Legend 85 is plenty stiff, but consult some other reviews on the board for alternatives which may be stiffer

post #3 of 9
Try the Volkl Bridge.All mountain twintip,fun on everything,and then just use your tigersharks for the hardest iciest days.This makes a nice two ski arsenal.
post #4 of 9
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I have demoed the Volkl AC50's and Mantra's out in heavenly this year. I really enjoyed the AC50's, but they were shorter than what I normally ride (163), so I feel as if I was cheating. They did so so in 3-4" of fresh pow. I rode the mantra's on my last day in about 6"+ and got my butt kicked. I wasn't too keen on the lack of short turns.
 

I think I am a similar skier thavwplaya. I am 5'9" and about 160. I currently ski on Volkl Superspors (the predecessor to the Tigershark). I am looking into a new set of skis, too. I'm surprised you didn't like the Mantras - I tried both those and the AC50s when I was in Colorado this year. I loved the Mantras.

That's beside the point, though. Like Daveski7 said, you might really like the Bridge. Coming from Tigersharks, it'll probably be a better transition. Skis more like an all-mountain ski, but still has a 92mm waist, as opposed to the 70-something you're used to on your Tigersharks, so it'll give you some float in a few inches of fresh pow. It's a lighter ski that you should be able to take all over the mountain.

As a side note, the Gotama is definitely a powder ski. I have yet to demo it, but I have heard it chatters quite a bit on the groomers, so you won't get any use out of it for most of your skiing.
post #5 of 9
If you did try the Bridge you would probably try the 177,I am a couple of inches shorter and around 160 so I ski it in the 169.It is  a twintip so it will ski about 10 cm shorter than traditional skis.Not to say that the 169 would not work in the East with tighter bumps and trees however.
post #6 of 9
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Thanks for the help everyone! I will certainly have my eye out for a good deal on the bridge. I haven't skiied anything as long as 177 before, although Daveski makes a good point with the loss of the 10cm due to the twintip. It seems like this would come down to where I mount the bindings.

It sounds like the bridge would have more flex than the tigersharks. What kind of affect does this have for bump performance?

DSloan; When I tried the mantra's, it was my 4th day in a row. I'm a weekend skiier (1-2x a week at most), so 4 days wears on me pretty easily. But the thing that bothered me was riding in the fresh 6", but having to make quick turns in the ungroomed areas to avoid the bumps of the unknown. I witnessed a guy the day before my mantra demo who went over a bump in the pow and hit a tree. Twisted his ankle and ended his vacation.
post #7 of 9
The Bridges ski pretty well in the bumps due to their flexibility IMO,also due to the turned up tails. I would say 177 in a split mount(not true center but not all mountain),or in a 169 in the all mountain mounting position.I know this may sound confusing so if you have Qs then PM me so as not to tie up the thread. Talk to you soon.
post #8 of 9
I would have said the AC-50s in a 171 ... Demo'ed both lengths recently and felt like the 171 would have been a great east coast ski. 
post #9 of 9
I was pretty pleased with the Mantras in the bumps and a few inches of freshies -- right around 6" I think. I was on the 170s, which was great for me . . . gave me some more surface area in the pow but not too long. To be fair, I've been skiing all season for multiple days in a row (ahhhh, the life of a grad student), so I wasn't all that fatigued. In general I thought they were pretty responsive, but it's all about skiing style, right? If you didn't like the way they came out of a quick turn, it sounds like the Bridge is definitely the way to go. The AC50s might have a bit too much metal in them for you if you want something lighter than your Tigersharks. Also, I agree with Daveski7, the 177s are the way to go. The twin tips will ski shorter. I have a set of 176 Big Troubles (Dynastar) that I like to goof around on, and I'm okay with the amount of ski behind me.
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