Völkl Shiro (2014)
Another wide and capable offering from Völkl, the Shiro skis with a slightly more traditional feel than the similarly sized but more slippery Two (see page 67). The sidecut extends the full length of the ski, making it grippy throughout the turn. Testers loved its smooth, natural flex, its raw power, and its athleticism. “This ski inspired me to challenge myself,” said one tester. It will make a good skier better and ensure every powder day is a good time.
At 119 mm underfoot, the Shiro has been a big success for Volkl and a tester favorite, admired for its versatility. It's plenty fat and rockered for floaty powder-day fun, but metal reinforcement and surprisingly edginess on hardpack give it surprisingly good performance in everyday, non-powder situations. It's part of the Big Mountain Freeskiing collection, which includes all of Volkl's fattest skis, from the massive Kuro, with its powder-specific 132 mm waist, down to the venerable Gotama, which, at 107 mm underfoot, offers hard-snow versatility. All offer the integrity of full wood cores and sturdy vertical sidewalls. Some incorporate two sheets of metal for a traditionally powerful performance, while some are carbon-reinforced so as to be lighter weight. All are sold flat (no binding). All are fully rockered tip to tail, with no camber underfoot, for maximum float and surfiness in deep snow. The incorporation of the two new models, the One and Two, adds a couple of smeary newschool-style skis to the collection.
|Lengths||173, 183, 193, 203|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||4.10 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.70 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.42 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.70 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.53 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||2.65 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||4.10 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||2.63 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.21 / 5|