Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Grip is the name of the game!
If you like to roll your skis over on to edge and just ride the rails then the Supersport 5 Star is definitely for you.
Model: Supersport 5 Star
Size(cm) / Radius(m): 154/12.1 161/13 168/14.4 175/15.9 182/17.5
Sidecut : 114-68-99
Length tested: 168
”The 5 Star is the original Supersport - the ski that started it all. Now featuring Double Grip construction, the 5 Star gives advanced and expert skiers an incredible range of all-mountain performance. It features a narrower 68mm waist and slightly softer flex than the Allstar.”
I was skiing mainly in hard-pack artificial snow, which at the best of times is difficult to hold a strong edge on. Nevermind though—the Supersport 5 stars just left 2 devastatingly deep tram lines where ever pointed them.
The major drawback of a heinous amount of grip is that when you don’t need it, it is still there, getting in the way. Tight moguls, when you want to be turning the ski pretty darn quick, the Supersport’s edges are going to be biting whether you like it or not.
Part of how the Supersport 5 Star achieves this awesome grip is through the very stiff tails—quite hard work when you don’t want to be riding the rails.
On the whole though, the Supersports were comfortable in most situations and I was never under the impression I had ‘maxed them out’.
I wasn’t however, very impressed when the Marker bindings pre-released on a particularly high loading corner. I had the DIN settings at the same level as normal and there was no snow on my boots. I think that perhaps there is a certain plane which, the Markers aren’t particularly strong on.
In conclusion if you favour high performance turns on groomed terrain with a bit of all mountain exploration then the Supersport 5 Stars or similar should be on your consideration/demo list.
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