Völkl Racetiger GS PRO

Völkl Racetiger GS PRO
Category: Piste
Level: Professional
Brand: Völkl
Modelyear: 2019
Measure (Tip/Waist/Tail): 114/69/97 mm Turning radius: 19.40 m (180 cm)
Sizes: 175,180,185 cm
(Official information from Völkl)


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Mountain_Man
20/03/2018 (Modified: 20/03/2018)
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Strenghts:
Great race-inspired pistilage with GS character. Stable and precise in hard driving in steep slopes but also gentle, easy-going, witty and funny when cruising in slippery slopes ...

Weaknesses:
The tip rockern is relatively tall for this type of ski and can be perceived as a bit slippery (ticking) when the skis run flat at high speed on slick surfaces. However, the ski as a whole is quite stable.

Summary:
Åka Skidor raises the ski to the clouds among tested race carvers in its latest test and says it's the funniest one to have under the feet in the piste, I'm inclined to agree. But my relationship with the ski started easily hesitantly.

I had tested the Atomic Redster G9 in 183 cm earlier this winter and liked the stiff, slightly sluggish race-inspired feel and was really looking for it or an X9a. But "stumbled" over a pair of GS Pro in 185 cm at a good price in Sälen and could not resist the temptation.

Sometimes, the ski is right and I feel completely at home after the first three turns (like with G9) so that was not the case this time. I was keen on that strange cord-friendly feeling you can get from a pair of newly slipped race slides at low speeds. Immediately when I got out of the elevator, I felt something was wrong, very wrong. It was just turning the skis, no resistance at all, strange. I glide slowly straight and see that the outer tip does not get in the snow, easy to just turn the skis strange.

I am testing the skis (still in low speed in the slope) and then, yes, yes, it's like getting up on a rails. The skis grab straight away and go away ... Drops the edges and the skis get rid of again, on the edge, ojojoj! :-)

The first yard will be very careful and I do my best to understand how the skis work. Up on the rails and the grip is 100%, down from the rails and the ski slings hurry anyway. Up on the rails again, a little more edge and a little more pressure on the "plow", the tip rocker acts as a "rudder" and literally pulls the skid into a narrow turn. Tough, accurate and extremely stable. I start to realize that this can be really fun. Had I not known that the cutting radius of the ski is 20 meters I had snuggled guessed at 14-15 meters, amazing!

Extremely easy to vary the turns, break the cut, worn, find the cut, drive big, drive tight, drive slowly, drive fast, drive faster, drive too fast. And it's not the slip that fails, but I realize that I've just passed my limitations ... but it's easy to save you through some stable short-circuit wings! :-)

In summary, a fantastic ski that may not suit everyone, but if you have a nice technique, I think you can like them. The Pro model is equipped with a racing plate that has a slight damping piston which will provide increased stability, dampening and minimal impact on the ski's flex ... it seems to work!

Riding style: Unskilled but safe. Pist, offpiste and one and other top trip.
Length on the ski: 185 cm
Riders weight: 95 kg
Riders length: 186 cm