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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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5 5

Old version, still rips

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the old version that was white, black, and green. Even though they are nice and fat, they still handle extremely well on hard pack. They carve well nicely when put on edge. They float well in powder as well. They are quite stiff, unlike many other powder skis that are softer in flex. These are my go to skis for just about every day.

I am considering buying a pair of these...

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I am considering buying a pair of these skis, but I'm not sure what size I should get. I'm 5'10" and roughly 180lbs, been skiing most of my life and ski mostly trees and bumps but the ocasional bowl. I demoed these in the 183 last season and felt they were a little big. I've never had a pair of skis this big before so I didn't know if I just needed to man up and get used to the 183's or if the 173's would be a better fit for me. Thanks!!

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Hey Trevor,

If you're doing a lot of trees and bumps I'd say go shorter, you'll have more maneuverability. On the other hand though, you're going to lose some stability at speed and won't "float" as well on powder. Things to consider.

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Hey Trevor, according to your size, you should be able to manage the 183cm length. Also consider that this is a fully rockered ski, so it will actually feel like a much shorter ski when you initiate turns.

Because it is such a fat ski however, you get a much heavier ski when you choose the longer length. So this will have a very noticeable impact on the swing weight. The 183cm ski, though it skis short, will take lots of effort to drive through the turn because it is heavier than the 173cm. If it were me, I would want a longer size for better flotation and stability. If you haven't spent much time on a ski this long, it will definitely feel odd at first, but I think your size and ability level should allow you to manage the longer length.

Check out my friend Nat' Segal's review below, she too found the 183 a bit overwhelming at first, but she quickly grew to love them!

Powder Day @ Squaw - Volkl Shiro Review

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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

5 5

F for FUN.

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.

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Hi Nat, Im really interested in the shiro it seems to have almost everything im looking for in a pow ski. Im also 160 and an advanced female skier. Im constantly disapointed in the range of skiboots avaliable for girls, I have small feet, take 23.5 mondo max and am used to a racing boot, 97 last. Is rather a predicament to find a freeride or boot with a tour funtion for backcountry over 100 flex. I would just be interested in what you use even if your shoe size fits the mens range, would be cool to know. I would ideally go for three skis but would be way easier on the budget to get the pow ski that also can hike a couple of hours, have you ever used the shiro for short hikes? if so was there any problem getting skins? sorry for all the questions! lucia

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Hey lgdp712266,

Only just saw your comment! I have had a hard time finding a ski boot as well. I have a moderately narrow foot and also have a size 23.5. The best boot I have found for me personally is the Kyrpton range by Dalbello- because of my shoe size, I have to use the Kryzma but with a Booster strap I find that it is stiff enough for me. I love Dalbello 3 piece boots because they are torsionally stiff (side to side) but have a very natural forward flex. At the moment I am also touring in these as I am yet to find a touring boot that suits. I have never toured on the Shiros, the last few years I have used a Gotama 178cm with an F12 binding, which worked well for 1-3 hr hikes but I switched to the Volkl Nunataq this year. I don't think I could tour on a 183cm Shiro- I think I would fail at kick turns at that point! Maybe in the shorter size?

5 5

Best powder ski I've ever used!

  • 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.

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Ingrid,

Love you in the MSP movies and just noticed you wrote a review on this ski. I got the 183 Shiro for next season and I am even more excited now. I blew my ACL this year :(. Just wanted to say Hi and keep ripping it up. I will post a review next year when I can ski again.

5 5

Best POW ski in my quiver!

  • 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!

Best POW ski in my quiver!
5 5

Hadley Boyle

  • 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.

Hadley Boyle
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What length do you have? And with being ski patrol would you say the size you have is better for trees and bumps or bowls?

I'm thinking about picking up a pair of...

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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?

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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.

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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?

4 5

mounting possition

  • 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?

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I mount 1 cm forward and find that works well and gives extra drive.

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Mountain point has been all over the map for this ski. I have heard of 3cm forward to 1cm back from the boot center. I mounted mine on the center line an dI'm stoked about it. I think it is personal preference and what kind of skiing style you have. If you are looking for more of backcountry jib feel, go forward. If you are looking for more of a traditional hard charging racer turn mount on the line of back. Enjoy the Shiros! They are a blast!

I just picked up a pair of the last version...

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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.

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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.

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With your size I would suggest:

Touring- Marker Duke
Resort/Sidecountry-Marker Jester or Jester Schizo

5 5

Favorite!

  • 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...

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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!

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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!

4 5

The Ticket To Versatile Freeride Nirvana

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...

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Is there any difference between this model and last years model?

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Hey Fred,

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.