Playful flex, tree-stash turnability, and big-mountain stability for charging pow the way you want.
After a dozen chest-deep turns through the trees, you reach an untracked bowl and let the Volkl Shiro Ski rip long, smooth arcs all the way down. It's like you and the ski were made for each other—you both love to play in deep powder and rip crazy-fast turns down untracked faces. The Shiro's full rocker and wide dimensions enable playful floatation and spry turns in dense tree stashes, while its carbon reinforcement and vertical sidewalls enable full-on ferocity in the open bowls and return cat tracks.
- Fully rockered profile and 119mm underfoot provide great flotation in the deepest snow
- Multi-Layer Sensorwood core, made with vertically laminated poplar and beech wood, provides a stable but forgiving and responsive flex for the whole gamut of snow conditions
- Carbon reinforcement adds stability without lots of weight for busting through crud and crusty powder while also providing stability on the choppy groomers
- Power / Tough Box Construction, a form of torsion box construction, yields powerful stability through race-worthy vertical sidewalls
- Just enough sidecut turns easily, especially as you lean into turns and let the Extended Low Profile (ELP) rockered shape engage your edges with the snow
- Large sidecut means that this ski wants to go fast and make big, powerful turns
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Some recent footage of the Volkl shiro's out at Squaw Valley on a powder day and Northstar on a Bluebird. Great ski's with good crossover capability in and out of the powder. Full Review at: http://www.OutdoorGearReview.org
Just started skiing on these babies this season. I ride a 183cm. Being a bit of a shorty (160cms) they seemed a little big and hard to turn in trees to start with but now they feel like the most perfect pow ski I've ever had. If you ride the Shiro in a longer length it is much more suited to open pow and big faces but it does deals with tight pillows and trees pretty damn well! Got my first FWT podium on these....so they're pretty close to my heart.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These have solid Volkl construction so perform in hardpack and variable, but they really shine in deep powder--effortless, playful, and so much fun! I usually ski the 183cm for wide open pow, long runs and faster skiing but the 173cms I have found to be really great for resort skiing and I can move them around easier in variable conditions and crud.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love the Shiro. It floats in pow, is a perfect, landing platform, and is a fun lively ski. I mounted them with a Marker Duke and skied them all over the world. It is perfect for one ski quiver!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These skis are sweet. Drop anything put the landing gear down and ride away. Got the marker dukes on them and is a nice slack country setup and still gets round alright on the groomers.
I'm thinking about picking up a pair of these skis, but I'm unsure of the size. I am 5'6" and about 155, but I am an ex-racer and am used to driving a bigger ski. I've been skiing the Mantra 178 flat ski for years and love it. I'm thinking because the Shiro has rocker that I could go with the 183? What do you think?
Interesting problem - I am 6'1" 180 and ski the 183 and feel it is plenty of ski. Ex Racer like you. The 183 would work, but at your size so will the 173, and it might be a more versatile choice. Are you skiing wide open lines like the Cirque at the Bird, or do you like to snake through the trees? That should provide your answer, 183 former, 173 latter - good luck.
I am 5' 5" and 155, strong expert skier, but never competed. I ended up on the 173. I was hesitant to go down that short. I've been on a 178 BD Megawatt for the last three years and loved those. However, the 173 Shiro is way more stable and also cranks quick turns with little effort...really a lively but stable ski. I'm amazed. I've skied them in hardpack, bumps, dust on crust, heavier pow, chunder, and full on blower, and they rocked it all.I would only get the 183 if you always make big turns in the wide open, like the Upper Cirque in three turns,you know?
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Where do you guys mount your shiro? I skied them cople of times, very good and solid felling, great float but..not as playful as Atomic BC. Some reviewers were suggesting to mount 2 sm forward. Does it make sense to you?
I just picked up a pair of the last version of these - what is good binding to pair with this ski? I'd consider myself on the low side of advanced, and weigh around 190-200 in the winter. I'm an east coaster who just moved to Utah and will be doing most of my skiing at Snowbasin and Powder Mountain.
If you're going to tour at all, go for the Mark Duke/Baron, depending on what you normally set your din at. If you're staying at the resort and touring doesn't matter for you, I'd go for something like the Marker griffen.
With your size I would suggest:
Touring- Marker Duke
Resort/Sidecountry-Marker Jester or Jester Schizo
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Hands down the best ski I have ever skied on in powder with. I love this ski!
I'm trying to figure out what size to go with and keep going back and forth between the 193 and 183. I'm 6'1" 190ish with an athletic build. I ski mostly at Crystal Mountain, WA and Alpental but like to hit Mt. Baker and Whistler too.
If you think that this may not be the best ski for the job suggest away!
I am 6 foot and 175lbs aand last year I was in the same boat. I ski bridger bowl mostly and went with the 183 for the tight lines and frequent billy-goating. I love the ski. Everything that was promised and more. Fast, light, stable, responsive, and playful. After a few days of getting used to the extra gear I had now found, I was wishing I had the 193. Don't get me wrong, the 183 will do anything and excel at it, but if you are an aggressive skier with a race or big mountain background, I would suggest the 193. I have skied volkl my entire life and trust their product ultimately and the bottom line with the shiro... Best ski volkl has come up with yet!
Ah, the Volkl Shiro Ski. One of the most sought after skis last year and with only the cosmetic change for this year, it will remain to be so. If your goal is to ski everything in every way you can, this is the ticket as it's width is just on the fattest end of the versatile level while the rocker shape floats and keeps a good carve. The flex pattern is also well refined as it requires a bit of push, but just enough to not make things feel too easy or difficult.
With all these middling grounds performance wise, one can argue that the Shiro isn't eye popping in any aspect. I would tend to agree, except that if a ski is THIS versatile, that alone is eye popping within itself (especially at this waist width). The only drawbacks that I could find is that the swing weight isn't awesomely light so get some big air if more than one spin or flip is on your menu. Also, it'll be too much ski for smaller resorts and less yearly snowfall.
Is there any difference between this model and last years model?
Thanks for the question. As far as the Volkl Shiro Ski goes, the only difference between last year's and this year's is a cosmetic change.