Volkl Men's Unlimited AC30 Titanium Skis w/ iPT Wide Ride 12.0 D Bindings:
Ideal for carving groomed runs, but versatile enough for short untracked excursions, the Volkl all-mountain AC30 is a solid solution for aggressive intermediates and advanced skiers looking to satisfy their carving cravings. While less expensive than the Volkl AC50, the AC30 is hardly compromising on performance. The big difference is in the core construction--so the AC30 is a little less lively, but just as stable at a variety of speeds. The AC30 also has a slightly longer turn radius than the AC50, which is an important trait to point out because some experienced skiers tend to assume all-mountain ski models with smaller model numbers equate to smaller turns down the mountain. The AC30 is an excellent utility ski for advanced skiers who want a narrower waist ski for the hardpack and groomed runs. It's also ideal design for intermediate skiers who want to perfect their skills all the way up to black diamond runs. This season Volkl refined their binding pairing for the AC30 and paired it with the Marker iPT Wide Ride 12.0 binding. Because the sides of this binding interface rest directly on top of the AC30'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 in 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.