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volkl ac 50. is it good for me?

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I am 155 lbs and advanced/expert.  Will be skiing a variety of conditions in the east and 1 trip a year out west.  Is the Volkl ac50 in a 170 a good ski for me?

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Everything I've read about the AC50 indicates its a ski that polarises opinion - some love it and others don't like it at all.  Me?  I didn't like it.  It felt like a plank on both hardpack and whatever softer snow I could find.  I run Vokl's Supersport Allstar as my carver, so it's not just the fabled "Volkl feel" - I just didn't get along with it.  A good friend of mine, on the other hand, raves about it.

 

You may well love it, but I'd certainly look to demo first.  It's a ski to "try before you buy".

 

Good luck, and welcome to the epicski board.

post #3 of 9

Great ski for a very good skier who weighs about 225 and mostly skis frontside.

At 155 you will never bend them.

If you can find a pair of the old red AC-4's you will like them I bet.

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Do your knuckles drag when you walk? Do you have an extra long cranium? Are you only the first or second generation in your family to walk upright? If you can answer yest to any of these questions, then yes the AC50 is the ski for you. 

 

**I kid..I kid because I love...**

 

I am not a fan of the 50...If you couldn't tell. I think there is many skis in that category that ski much better such as...

 

Blizzard 8,7

Atomic Crimson Ti

K2 Aftershock

 

and even if you MUUUUST have a Volkl...

 

The Kendo

 

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Yes, the Kastle MX88 IS the class of the "Upper 80mm" skis

post #5 of 9
As others have said, the AC50 is stiff. I tried it an though I liked it initially out west where I did my Demo I only liked it on the steeps and going fast!!! They were ok in soft snow but excellent on the firm groomers as long as I was going full speed ahead. They did not like skiing slow or even medium speeds nearly as much.

Then I tried the AC30 back home in the east and fell in love after only 2 runs while demoing them from our shop for a day. Ended up buying a pair at the end of last season before heading to Whitefish. Loved them there as well. Very versatile.

I am a bit heavier than you at 195 and am a level 8/9 skier.

Good luck,

Rick G
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I have not tried it, but it seems to me it is made for faster skiing off piste, but not really "powder" skiing.  Better choices for on piste skiing in the east.  Better choices for slow off-piste skiing.

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Originally Posted by Ian Ward View Post

I am 155 lbs and advanced/expert.  Will be skiing a variety of conditions in the east and 1 trip a year out west.  Is the Volkl ac50 in a 170 a good ski for me?

 

The AC50 is a wide CARVER. It is good in soft snow for a CARVER. If you ski mostly on the groomers and in the margins where loose snow frequently  builds up, this is a good pick. They woudl also work in firm consolidated conditions off trail. (When I say firm, I mean like after a couple of freeze / thaw cycles).  Do not let the width or the A.C. (all conditions) in the name fool you into thinking that this is an all mountain ski, its not. I took them into the ungroomed runs for soft crud, powder, trees, bumps the ski just doesn't flex in soft snow. If you want a carver that gives up nothing in on coastal hardpack and has just a bit of versatility then have at it.


Edited by tromano - 12/3/10 at 9:36pm
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Oh, they would flex just fine for Bode!

But, if you can't squat six plates on a side, you will never know what they can do.

post #9 of 9
I loved the AC50s I rented at Bretton Woods NH for four days. I am 6ft 200Lbs and was on the 177cm.

I agree that it is better on fast runs. I felt it was difficult in the glades, but I suck at skiing trees so it might have been just me.
Edited by jeff2010 - 12/4/10 at 9:35am
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