Advanced level freeride skier
Heyman's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
Cheerful freeride ski that wants to surf
While testing the Völkl Shiro I encountered a constant feeling of joy and happiness. The Shiro is a very big ski, but because of the full rocker profile turning is easy in powder snow even in more difficult circumstances. Despite its width the ski has a lot of sidecut, which makes it quite nimble. So just put the ski on its side and it starts turning regardless of the terrain you're skiing in. And if the snow is soft enough, the wide tip and tail of the Shiro make it quite easy to surf trough the powder. What a wonderful feeling! When the circumstances are right, this is what you want to do all day long.
Full rocker profile
Circumstances however are not allways right. The Völkl Shiro's natural habitat is powder snow. But inevitably you will have to hit an icy piste once in a while. And that's where the full rocker is at it's worst. The Shiro is an extreme ski for special occasions, not for everyday skiing. I think it is great that Völkl has decided to make such extreme skis as the former Kuro and Shiro.
Völkl about the Shiro
"From an optical point of view the Shiro looks gigantic. On the snow, it’s gigantically simple to ride. The award-winning freerider measuring 119 mm under foot, offers fantastic buoyancy in powder, with a full rocker carbon supported profile, giving it effortless, super-precise movement. It’s just as happy on sunny powder days as Freeride World Tour stops.", says Völkl. I agree that the Shiro is quite easy to ski in deep powder. The full rocker profile certainly gives effortless movement, but not super-precise.