Volkl Men's The Grizzly Skis w/ iPT Wide Ride 12.0 D Bindings:
Some ski retailers compare their high-end all-terrain skis to certain sports car models, but if they compared Volkl's The Grizzly with the rest of their selection, The Grizzly would equate with a super car with four-wheel drive. This fast, easy-carving, all-terrain ski offers the width for dominating powder and broken snow, but it also has one of the world's first ski Power Switches that allow you to fine-tune your ski performance to your own personal energy level. If you want to cruise, turn the Power Switch to the cruise setting and the titanium rods inside the ski will maintain a loose flex that flows along with the terrain. When you're ready to rip, crank the Power Switch to the Dynamic or Power settings and the internal rods inside The Grizzly will compress tightly against internal springs, creating a rigid and energetic performance platform for carving. In a way, the Power Switch gives you a quiver of three on one perfect all-terrain platform, but the 89-mm. width does facilitate excellent carving potential, especially in broken conditions between the groomed runs. Volkl paired The Grizzly with the Marker iPT Wide Ride 12.0 binding. Because the sides of this binding interface rest directly on top of The Grizzly's Extended Double Grip construction, you can apply more pressure directly over the ski edges. This gives you better response with the same lively feel that quickly rebounds through the perfectly rounded ski flex in each turn. The Wide Ride is 30% wider than the original Marker iPT binding, so it fits perfectly without brake bar modifications. If you're looking for comparisons, the Marker iPT Wide Ride has the same toe and heel hardware found on Marker's Duke and Jester freeride bindings. These toe and heel pieces feature a better and more secure wrap around the boot lug in front, with increased directional elasticity throughout the heel area. We like this ski/binding combo more than seasons past because of the ounces shaved and the shorter connection between your boots and the skis. This means that you'll probably find this ski/binding combo easier to handle than other wide ski/binding designs.