Volkl AC50 (2010)

Category ranking: No. 1 Average score: 3.49 Balance of skills: 3.18 Best For: Taming crud, carving trenches on softpack Not For: Surfing and smearing in powder; tight bumps
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Price: $1235.00
Year: 2010
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128/85/112
Lengths: 163, 170, 177

Stability at speed: 4.08 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.81 / 5
Crud performance: 3.69 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.28 / 5

Völkl’s German designers must see it as a challenge: How wide can a ski be and still have hard-snow integrity? With the AC50, they’re really showing off. Does it float? With an 85-mm waist, that’s a given. Meanwhile metal laminates, an extra-wide binding interface and extra mass stacked over the edges combine to give the AC50 the kind of power and stability you once only expected from a race ski. It’s a lot of ski, to be sure. “Don’t lay off it, or it’ll get bored with you,” said McGrath.

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