Volkl AC50 2010 Ski Review
The AC50’s are big, powerful all mountain skis for big, powerful skiers that would rather not ski the front sides or groomers. Lots of “float” and stable is built in but medium to long radius turns are obviously the default arc for the AC50.
Ski: Volkl AC50 (2010)
Ski discipline: Big Mountain
Length (cm) / Dimension (tip-waist-tail - mm) / Radius (m):
163 / 128-85-112 / 14.7
170 / 128-85-112 / 16.3
177 / 128-85-112 / 18
184 / 128-85-112 / 19.6
Manufacturer’s Description of the Volkl AC50:
"The Unlimited AC50 with Motion iPT Wide ride brings the versatility of wide, big mountain skis to a new height. Its relatively wide, 85mm chassis is incredibly nimble on hard snow. For good skiers who want to bust through crud and cruise through powder, yet still have a ski that can truly rip the groomers."
The 177cm version made me glad we were in Vermont and had a couple of thousand feet of vertical to put the AC50 through it’s paces. The AC50s LOVE to cruise and if you’re comfortable at the speed of light, the ride is surprisingly quiet and smooth.
Edgehold on the AC50 is good but a ski this wide gives up a bit in torsional stiffness (they would have to be ridiculously thick in order to resist twisting) so skiers spending lots of time on less snow and more hard pack should look to the AC30 or Tigershark. Okay, they’re fat and wide and fast, and maybe they don’t turn like a skate, but they are FUN even on packed and “really packed” and they never feel heavy, which directs a lot of positives at Volkl who made fatter skis that everyone can use.
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