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Völkl Shiro

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Shiro full rocker powder ski


Length (cm): 173, 183, 193, 203
Sidecut (mm): 151-119-135
Radius (m): 22.3, 26.4, 30.1, 33.7


Terrain: 100% off-piste
Discipline: freeride
Skier level: advanced - expert
Character: surf
Floatation: superb
Profile: full rocker

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Freeride ski Völkl Shiro 2016

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Heyman's review: Advanced freeride skier

Advanced level freeride skier
Heyman's rating of this ski:

4 stars

Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Heyman

"What I look for in my ultimate freeride ski is plenty of float, maneuverability and playfulness. And you should be able to lay some trenches on the slopes as well. Weight reduction is all important for easy turning in difficult circumstances."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 7
 SpeedLevel 12
 Length:178 cm
 Weight:85 kg


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Liberty Double Helix
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2. DPS Wailer 112 RP2 Pure3
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3. Line Mr. Pollard's Opus
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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.

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