Holy crap! Got a eyes-opener afternoon. After two days on the Sherlock I felt pretty ok on it, but far from confident enough to charge. Had a little "groomer carve board" chat with a guy at the bar. He went to fetch his board and asked: wanna try my baby? You might like it: Volkl Coal XT 168
Thick fog at the top, chopped up slopes. Well, I presume there were bumps, haven't seen them
and what's best: didn't feel them! The Coal cut through them like a knife. No worries to get bucked off, just ride! Well dampened compared to the Flagship. No worries about stability, it IS stable. Dared to straight line the runout immediately. Felt at home again. Although a monster board for my size (it's only 4cm smaller than me) and even though the stance was a bit wide and the bindings too big, I felt immediately far more secure on this beast than on the Sherlock. It was surprisingly easy to handle. Bit heavy, but responsive, very fast edge to edge. Hop turn in moguls was a bit work, but hell, its a 168
And carving... oh yes! THIS IS THE MOST INSANE CARVER I've been on. I'm not a designated carver, how well I carve depends a lot on the board/conditions. With this board I was flat. Not once by pure luck, all the time. In crappy groomers, with very bad sight.
If bound to groomers, this is my world
. Learned a lot the last days. I'm not a RC / V person, this is now clear to me. I loose too much confidence on them and I detest myself if I ride like auntie Helen.
Still curious about the Megalight, but so far, the Coal went to top position on my list with lots of exclamation marks
lucky me... the shop where I was given the demo Sherlock sells Volkl too; the smallest Coal is 158.
Anyone here who rides a Coal XT? Would love to hear your opinions. How does it ride on hardpack? Pros/Cons? Did I only have the impression that it's well dampened cause of the rather soft snow?