Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006 Ski Review

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.

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006

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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

Manufacturer’s Description:

”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.”

Ski-Review’s verdict:

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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Reader Ski Reviews of the Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 10/10

I find the 5 Stars fine in the moguls. Yes the tail is relatively stiff, but its an even flex, so its just as stiff as the rest of the ski.

If you find the edges always biting then get off them and get the ski flat.

And about the Marker bindings pre-releasing, i would have a tech check the binding was set up correctly as in 3 years of selling and riding the Motion binding system i haven’t received or had once complaint. If anything they reduce pre-release.

This ski does rock, and is a great all round ski!

big dan

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 11/05

With Rottefella R8 on a 4.5cm plate and stiff boots, this is the most fun I have ever got out of a ski.

If your knees can’t take the preassure, I’d try a GS ski for the powerful piste skier.

The stiff tail makes them useless in the moguls and the pow (for telemarkers), but its worth getting another pair for that.

Obs! pamper your edges every few days to enjoy them at full potential.

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 11/16

If you want a single pair of skis that can handle a range of skiing AND a ski that is simply a thrill to rip, you should definitely consider the 5 Star.  With the 5 Star, you finally have your cake and eat it too.

The ski is fun in the bumps, rips through groomed runs, blasts through crud and its holds in own in powder too.  Oh, and did I mention it is has tenacious grip on ice and hard pack.

Do yourself a favor and check these out—You won’t be disappointed.

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 11/24

i purchased these ski’s in a 168, i’m 5’9 190 and they came with the non oil piston lt easy step marker binding. i’m taking them back to have the piston bindind put on.

the dealership equipment buyer told me he demoed the 5* with the piston and felt that they were sluggish and lacked the liveliness that the ski has with the motion lt binding. he said all the 5 stars that go out the door in his store have the lt binding. they said they would have to special order the at motion.

however, three other stores sell the 5* with the at motion and told me not to get the ski without it.

there seems to be two camps, those who like the oil piston and those who don’t.

am i getting bs because they have to special order?

please give me some feedback, these ski’s are not cheap, and i want the best setup i can get despite the motives of sales people.

thanks greg

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/07

finally after 3 years someone agrees about the marker bindings, here is a certain angle that does not suit them, and i never had much confidance in landing jumps. not a match for my old S810’s

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/15

I am an expert who skis a lot of steeps - powder, crud, moguls.  I found them fair in powder - not wide enough to really float, not tough enough to handle heavy crud, and sluggish in the bumps.  At high speed on packed they were really squirrely.  In general, though, I wasn’t ready to chuck them until I had a problem with them.  The top cosmetic plate on one of them became so severely cut that I could see all the way down to the edge (took a chunk out of the ski).  I don’t know how it happened, but Volkl would not replace them. 

Anyway, while I was waiting for Volkl to determine what they would do, I demoed the K2 apache recons.  For what I ski, the recons are a much better fit - Absolute tanks in the crud, floaty in powder, and given that I am extremely aggressive in the bumps - still a good match there as well.  I find packed powder too boring anyway, but I find the ski does fine there as well (but I grew up night skiing back east, I got so that I could plant an edge riding on a dull 2X4)

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/23

I am an advanced beginner…steeps are a nervous adventure.  I had the pleasure of putting on the five stars during a demo day at the local slope.  WOW!!!!!  I felt pleasure beneath my feet at a controlled 25 mph!!!  No words to describe but NEAT!!!

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/28

Had the same early release several times at Din 7. My resident expert pointed out that the forward pressure indicator had not been properly set. Set this and continued to ski at din 6. Have not released since. CHECK YOUR FPI !!

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/29

The Supersport is a great ski, there is no question about it.  If there is one area of weakness its in the bumps.  As an expert all mountain skier I found this ski almost incomoparable when carving precise short and/or long turns on the steeps… it rocks here.  It was better than average in the crud (eastern powder), but the tips had a tendancy to dive a bit.  The lone area where I found this ski a bit out of place was in the bumps, specifically bumps with tight fall lines.  It handled average here at best.  For a better all mountain ski that might demand a bit less of the skier I’d recommend giving the Allstars a shot.  If you live tearing it up at high speeds on the steeps this ski is fantastic.

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/05

Riding this ski is a dream. It’s like riding a 175HP superbike like the Yamaha YZF-R1 up a canyon road. An absolutely breathtaking experience. This ski for shure is not for everyone. You have to be ultra focussed on the other skiers on the slope and calculate where they will go in the next moment, because you are the one who will have to pass all of them. So, if you are looking for a superfast carving experience with endless edge grip… buy this ski, you won’t be disappointed for shure. And… please always wear a helmet!

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/28


Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/12

I demoed these skis at Smugglers Notch in Northern Vermont on day and was very impressed.  I demoed several pairs that day and these stood out above all.  The were very impressive holding an edge on ice and hard packed powder, even on the 54 degree steeps of Freefall.  They were a little sluggish in the powder sectoin due to the narrow ski but it was not terrible.  I did not have any problems with mogols, they turned nicely and I felt in full control the entire time.  These skits easily blew away the others I demoed that day, being the Rossignol B2 and the Dynastar Legend 8800.  As for the binding on the Volkl, I had them adjusted to a standard and noticed no problem with them at all. 

In my opinion, this is the finest ski I have ever skied.

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/13

I demoed these Wachussets Mtn in East/Central Mass with conditions a mixture of typical East Coast hardpack and sugar.   I found it to be solid and smooth turning with lots of energy, easy turn initiation, and an energetic finish. It had good grip on hard snow and aggressively carved on softer sugar/groomed snow.   But what caugt me off guard was I found the ski preferred to make short turns, even though the Ski mags list it as a GS-type ski. Maybe this was just because I was hitting the sugar or its grip on the hard snow made it bite and come around faster than I anticipated but I had to concentrate to make long turns. I thought this may be fatiguing to ski all day and, if I got tired, a vault over the front was a possibility.   I’m 6’, 155lbs, and I tried a 175cm so it wasn’t too short by any stretch of the imagination.

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/20

Gotta disagree with Too much grip about length. Just demo’d 161 through high 170’s. 5’10”, 178lbs. East coast. The 168s were just on the long side of perfect. Unbelievable grip, truly on rails. stiff tails for bumps. Perfect for icy steeps in Vermont. No chance to relax - these skis want to turn.

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/21

The 168’s are perfect for east coast conditions (hardpack/ice) they carve like knife through butter.  Used them as Mt. Snow last Mon (3”-6”) new snow and they were fine as how many times do you really ski in that much powder in the east.

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/27

Is the AC2 worth considering for the intermmediate to advanced skiier, mostly on-piste. Have also been looking at the K2 crossfire.

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/05

I got these skis in the middle of the season and the change from my old salomons is amazing.  These skis have tremendous energy and will do whatever you want them to.  Moguls were challenging at first but doable.  The tips tended to dive just a bit in powder but nothing that any not powder specific ski wouldn’t have done.  All around, if you want a ski that will let you ski the entire mountain, these are for you.

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/12

I am thinking of buying a pair of Volkl AC3 size 170cm they are being supplied with the LT binding would I be better with the AT bindings whats everyones thoughts on this?

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/15

I am a proud owner of these skis, and have not regretted it for a second.  I would say however, that the AT Bindings are the way to go.  They don’t feel sluggish, and the Piston really does make a notable difference.  I would be comfortable taking this ski anywhere even though it is primarily for groomers.  On hard snow, it is a dream come true.  They are fast, stable, and make effortless turns

Volkl Supersport 5 Star 2006
Written by Ski Review Guest on 04/04

I tried the Volkl All star and found them hard work, fast all the time, awkward in deep heavy snow and not easy(having to ski fast) to get the rebound. I’m thinking of getting the 5 star, has anyone tried the volkl 5 star and the Z9 and how they compare. I’m an advanced skier, double blacks no problems, 5’9”, and 180lbs. I’d appreciate any and all feedback. Thanks

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