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Replacing Volkl G3 Vertigo's Looking at few different options and would appreciate opinion from other east coasters.

Poll Results: Which ski's would you recommend to me.

 
  • 0% (0)
    Dynastar Sultan 85
  • 0% (0)
    Dynastar Contact 4x4
  • 0% (0)
    Dynastar Contact Cross
  • 0% (0)
    Volkl Tigershark
  • 100% (1)
    Something else
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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

So I currently ski Volkl G3 Vertigo's in the 175 length. I bent the tip on one, no clue how but it's defiantly bent so it's time to upgrade. I loved my current ski's and could find no fault with them. I would occasionally catch an edge in really cruddy conditions but that just seems like what's going to happen.

 

Now about me: I think I'm a level 7/8 skier, but I'm always trying to improve. I love the steep stuff we have around and I love turning hard with lot's of G's, and I normally night ski so it's ice, lot's of icey groomers. I skiied about 15 days last year and this year's goal is 20+ also looking to take some private lessons and maybe a bump camp.

 

I'm 5'10 and currently 230lb's but have been loosing 2-3lb's a week with a goal of around 180.

 

My friend who's a very similar style skiier has a pair of Volkl Tigershark 12ft PS's that he's been raving about and I've been surfing around on realskier

 

Looking at currently:

Dynastar Sultan 85

Dynastar Contact 4x4

Dynastar Contact Cross TI

and the Volkl Tigershark 12ft or 11ft

 

I would really like some advice as I'm lost in a sea of choices.

 

Thanks

Chris


Edited by crofrog - 1/2/11 at 11:59pm
post #2 of 14
The spiratual successor to your G3's are the Volkl AC30's.

I had the sister ski to your G3 the Vertical Motion and went to the AX3 724 and am now skiing the AC30. Absolutely love it. Great edge hold, big turns, little turns, bumps, crud and even some powder these skis handle them all!

the Tigershark is also a great ski, but more of a front side carver where the AC30 is more all mountain

Don't know much about the other skis mentioned.

Good luck,

Rick G
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks! The ac30 wasn't even on my radar as the realskier didn't give it a "NE Ice" symbol as part of the review. How is it in your experience on that wonderful ice we get around here.

post #4 of 14

I had a long chat on a chair lift with a heavy guy skiing AC30s.  He seemed to be able to ski, and did state that the skis were easily overpowered.  Flexing them in the store, they did seem to be more along the lines of a forgiving ski.  If you want to stick to Völkl, I would say go with the TigerShark 11 foot, switch off for soft snow or taking it easy, on for ripping the icy hardpack.

 

As for the Dynastar, I've always liked the feel of Dynastar, but make sure you get the the Ti version (with metal).

post #5 of 14

I see a lot of people looking to replace skis similar to the Volkl Vertigo, leaving with the Sutlan 85 demo and coming back with a huge grin if that means anything. 

post #6 of 14

TC's recommendation is solid. Also, Stockli Stormrider series has several widths in the models, don't know the model names anymore, but match up the waist for what you want. 

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

I've done allot of searching and was up till 5am last night reading threads and allot of people seem to love the contact both the 4x4 and the cross and the sultan 85's

 

But is a 85mm waist really a better ski for these east coast conditions. I mean we ski allot of ice and hard snow and there's a decent ammount of cruddy bumps built up by the night.

 

The G3 I'm coming off of is 108/70/96.

 

Does it boil down to wider = more stable and narrower = greater edge hold?

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by crofrog View Post

Thanks! The ac30 wasn't even on my radar as the realskier didn't give it a "NE Ice" symbol as part of the review. How is it in your experience on that wonderful ice we get around here.


It has performed about as well as my Racetiger RC's on eastern hardpack and ice. They also performed well last year out west on some unskied crud and wind pack.

For eastern skiing I haven't been convinced that 90+mm under foot can be as versatile as an 80, but of course when I bought my Vertigo Motions they were 70mm and I though that they were fat.

Times they keep on changing.

Rick G
post #9 of 14

The AC30 (and 50) are one trick pony's. They'll rail all day long and that's well, about it. Powder, crud, skid, slarve etc, nope.

 

I got some Sultan 85's that I drove for the first time at Whistler a couple of weeks ago, and my initial impression was that they were like hockey skates - zipping up on hard stuff just fine, but also being able to deal with moderate pow, crud etc.

 

If I were a least coaster, they'd be on my VERY short list to try.

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

I ended up going with the Elan Magfire 82xti's and am in love. They shred.

post #11 of 14

^nice.

post #12 of 14

I'm an east-coaster, sounds like we ski fairly alike.  I bought Dynastar 4x4 this year and have been VERY happy.  I had tried out the Tigersharks and almost bought them, but am happier with the 4x4's.  Very strong on hard conditions up to 4-5" of fresh.  Good crud ski, as it's strong and plows through w/o hesitation.  Better edge grip than Tigersharks IMO.

But... they are fairly demanding and I will note that I also have a wider, softer, ski I like better for bigger dumps and bumps/trees.

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

I'd just like to point out to that it was dawgcatching that steered me down the path to the elans. defiantly get your stuff from him.

post #14 of 14

I'd add the Fischer Progressors (8/9/10) to your short list.  All are great eastern skis. The 9 is probably the raciest of the three.  The 8 and 10 are more versatile.   

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