If you ask about the classic among the race carvers, in the most cases the answer is: Völkl Racetiger! Now we are living in times in which many so-called eternal truths are struggling:
Is the Völkl Racetiger still regarded as a classic?
One of the characteristics of a classic is that it exists for a long time, but is certainly not old or even old-fashioned. On the contrary: a classic is characterized by the fact that it is always fresh and gets better with age.
The fact that the Völkl company in general and the Völkl Racetiger in particular have been there for a long time cannot be seriously doubted. Since 1973, the Racetiger has been a model on the market that has become indispensable on the slopes.
From the slalom to the giant slalom carver: Völkl has something to offer for every taste of racecarver
Things have changed since then: There are the Völkl Racetiger SC and Völkl Racetiger RC for medium to good drivers, one for short turns and the other for long turns. The top models Völkl Racetiger SL (slalom carver) and Völkl Racetiger GS (giant slalom carver) for the really fast top drivers are enthroned above it.
For the more daring, Völkl is launching the Völkl Racetiger GS Master and the Völkl Racetiger SL Master this winter. These high-end models have been tuned for top performance, just like in the days of the first race tiger: With a World Cup binding plate, an absolute top binding and the Tailored Carbon Tip, Völkl closes the gap between the professional racecarvers and the top models for amateur skiing with these high-end racecarvers.
Racetiger GS Pro and Völkl Racetiger SL Pro in test
Who actually needs these skis? We have tested the Völkl Racetiger GS Master and the Völkl Racetiger SL Master: If you're really fast, the two top models Racetiger SL and Racetiger GS are the right choice for you. But if you're looking for even smoother running in the last five percent speed, you're definitely safe with the Pro models. One of our employees, who is really not a bad skier, says: "The Völkl Racetiger GS Master is the hottest giant slalom carver I've skied on for a long time". Another, on the other hand, says: "Super smooth running, but at medium speeds I think the "normal" Völkl Racetiger GS is more lively.
Conclusion: For medium to extremely fast skiers, Völkl's Racetiger Series Racecarvers have something for everyone. Whether long turns or short turns: Völkl builds excellent skis, you just have to know your own taste.
The Racetiger series not only stands for ingenious skis, but also for versatility and has thus fully earned the title of "classic". And for these ski models, what has always been true applies: "Made in Germany" stands for quality, innovative technology and classic craftsmanship. Some things never change. Now only the winter has to get cold enough.
Völkl Racetiger SL in our ski test: