Volkl Men's AC30 Ski w/ iPT 12.0 Piston Binding:
While it might be a step down from the Volkl AC50 in cost, the all-mountain AC30 isn't a performance compromise. 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 a lot of experienced skiers tend to assume all-mountain ski models with smaller model numbers equate to smaller turns down the mountain. The AC30 is a great utility ski for most advanced skiers, especially those who want a narrower waist ski for the hardpack and groomed runs. It's a great design for experienced skiers who want to perfect their skills all the way up to taking on double-diamond runs. The Volkl Unlimited AC30 ski has an extended wood core doesn't rise quite as far as the Extended Sensorwood core design in the AC50. This creates a more forgiving platform for better shock absorption and predictability, minus that "spring" that sometimes unsettles skiers on tricky slopes. This AC30 is paired with the proven Marker Motion iPT 12.0 Piston Binding for exceptional power transmission and sensitivity. It's a lighter binding design that improves the ski flex through an improved Motion system. The iPT stands for "internal power transmission" because unlike previous Marker Motion bindings, this binding is built into the ski, creating the most rigid connection ever developed for this binding line. Because the sides of the binding interface rest directly on top of the AC30 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. Another binding enhancement is the interface, which now snaps together according to your boot sole length, so you can do away with the added ounces of an adjustment dial.
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