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Age old question here. Which one & length: Volkl 7/24 EXP, Supersport 5 Star or 6 Star? My old Rossi's were 191. Too long for fun now. Looking for something responsive and as happy to be on the mountains as I am.

Skiing since 1967 (you can do the math Confused ) , Knees have long since seen their better days, 5'8" @ 175 lbs. Likes: all-mountain fun. (Skip the bumps please), long carving turns at speed and short tight turns too, variety!

All opinions welcome and appreciated Very Happy
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CaSea4Me, welcome to snowheads. I'd recommend Dynastar Intuitiv 74's or 71's, although I haven't tried their replacements yet I did read a review that said you'd be better off searching out the old models. I also like the K2 Axis Pro. Like you I'm a mature skier and I'm more interested in finding a ski that suits my skiing rather than the latest fashion. We have a chalet in France from where we run a small holiday company so I can usually get a reasonable amount of skiing during the season. We have a number of Dynastar skis availble for our guests to use, the main reason we use thenm is that appear to be the most durable skis I've found other than K2s.
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From what you've said either the 5 stars or the 724 the 6 stars may be too stiff for what you want. I'd lean more towards the 724's though
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Seems I'm leaning to the 7/24 EXP's @ 170. People I've spoken with seem to think it's a better all round ski for me. They've also mentioned that that 6 star is a bit too "twitchy". Nad your thought's?
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Twitchy" is just code for not being able to handle the ski, typically it'll have a relative instability that'll make it easy to initiate a turn with a minimum of force, if your weight’s all over the place the ski will keep breaking out when you don’t want it to, hence twitchy. Easily fixed by either weighting correctly or buying a different ski Very Happy
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CaSea4Me,

I'm 5'9" and 182lbs and I've got the 5 stars in 168cm. They're absolutely superb piste skis for both long fast carving and short turns etc and are particularly good on ice with excellent edge hold. They're also great when you want to throttle back a bit and just cruise around in the afternoon when those knees get knackered. I found the 6 stars too stiff for me and they just seemed to want to 'race' all the time.

I haven't done much off piste with my 5 stars (hopefully more in Verbier in Dec) although I was told by the Volkl guy at the B'ham ski show that the Supersports are only really for occasional off piste use while the new 724 EXP freeride ski would be a better option if your off piste work is up around the 50% of your skiing time. He also reckoned that the 177cm would be fine for my build and would give more floatation.

Incidentally, the Nov Ski & Board magazine has just tested a bunch of these new breed of freeride skis and the 724 EXP did very well in the Expert (level 7 -10) category, coming second I think. However, the K2 Apache Recon was rated no.1 in 7 out of the 12 categories examined, with two seconds, one third & two fourths, so it must be pretty good.
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