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AC50 vs Tigershark 11ft (w/power switch)

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Alright, so I am looking for more performant skis than I currently own and was interested in Volkl's AC50 and Tigershark 11ft. I mostly ski here in Quebec, but am probably going to head to do a week of skiing in Utah. I would like to know which would be better for groomed trails, a bit of ice here and there and a bit of glades. I am 5'9'' about 170lbs pretty agressive skier. Basically which would be better for the conditions here in Quebec and maybe occasional powder if I go to the Rockies or Alps on occasion(i think occasion is even a little more often than I would actually be going). I really like Volkls so would like to stay with a Volkl ski.

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I skiied the 175cm 11ft Tshark in VT and NY all last season and loved it for steep hardpack and ice; it was stable as could be no matter how fast I pushed it, held an edge no matter what, and had serious pop coming out of turns.  The ability to use the switch to soften up what is otherwise a very stiff ski at the end of the day is a nice bonus. 

 

That said, I found it to be too narrow to enjoy the couple of powder days I caught, and I don't think there's any denying that the AC50 is a more versatile ski with most of the ripping performance of the Tshark.  Choice is between higher performance on ice and cord, or a wider, more terrain accomodating ski.

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I'm from Quebec too and choose the ac30 in 170. 5'9'' +165.

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I skiied the 175cm 11ft Tshark in VT and NY all last season and loved it for steep hardpack and ice; it was stable as could be no matter how fast I pushed it, held an edge no matter what, and had serious pop coming out of turns.  The ability to use the switch to soften up what is otherwise a very stiff ski at the end of the day is a nice bonus. 

 

That said, I found it to be too narrow to enjoy the couple of powder days I caught, and I don't think there's any denying that the AC50 is a more versatile ski with most of the ripping performance of the Tshark.  Choice is between higher performance on ice and cord, or a wider, more terrain accomodating ski.


Alright. Other question is if I am leaning towards the AC50, would the Volkl Grizzly be too much for conditions here in Quebec or alright? Better off with the AC50 or the Grizzly for here and occasional powder?
 

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AC50 is pretty stiff and burly--the Grizzly even more so.  I got a demo of the Grizzly last season and it seemed pretty lifeless and way too stiff. I really don't understand who the intended buyer is. It is stiff enough and heavy enough that unless you weigh 300+ or can do squats with a Ford 350, you won't be doing any slow turning. As such, it probably is not the best choice for a quick turner in glades--unless you have a death wish. My impression was that it wouldn't react well to any kind of input unless it was skied at truly high speeds- speeds beyond my typical comfort zone.

 

The AC50 is not as stiff but still is going to want to run in longer arcs and would probably be a handful and detriment in tight spots and glades -- unless you are really in good shape and don't tire easily.

 

Based on your stated goals and terrain, I would definately demo these both before a purchase. 

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Unless you are a really strong and aggresive skier, I would chose either the 11'foot or the AC30 rather than the AC50. As stated by others the AC50 is very stiff and doesn't like to ski slow. At speed it is very stable and quick edge to edge but you lose that at slower speeds. The AC30 on the other hand is a bit softer and more forgiving and is still wide enough at 80mm to handle softer snow well and the occasional powder day.

BTW I live and do most of my skiing in the east and ski the AC30 in a 170 and am 5'9" and 195lbs and ski very aggresively (level 8/9) for an old guy. I tried the 50 but liked the 30 better overall.

Rick G
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Very similar skis, but for an east coast skier, I would choose the Tigersharks.  I skied them in a 170 last year and really enjoyed them.  Also, the powerswitch would be a deal breaker for me, so you can go hard on the groomers when you want to, but tone it down for the glades/ bumps/ late day skiing.  Really the only downside to the Tigersharks is the poor off-piste performance.  So if you're gonna be skiing on the groomers, go Tigershark.

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