Ski Make: Volant
Ski Model: Machete Truth
Ski Length: 180
Snow Conditions Used In: Powder, Packed Powder
Number of Days Used: 1 1/2
Your Ability: 7-8?/ Not sure
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 15
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 30
Other Skis You Like: K2 Mod X, Bandit X, PR's
Your Height/Weight: 6'1", 190
Finally had a chance to get these skis out this weekend. Great conditions at Steamboat lots of powder to be found even after Thursday's big dump. The only skis I can compare to are the Mod X's 188, Bandit X 180, and PR 175.
Skied these on Sat morning 3-5in of fresh on packed powder/powder. They handled very well and turned well without much difficulty even in covered bumps. Skied the trees but nothing very tight. Felt a little more comfortable than on my Mod's probably due to the shorter length. In knee high powder and lower these floated well.
Skied the afternoon on PR's. Hunted for similar terrain on a different part of the mountain. Like many I continue to be surprised at the PR turning ability. Floats great and at the length I'm on are very good in tight trees. I wished I had the Truth's on my feet on the way back to the lot at the end of the day. Took some crusers that were worked over throughout the day. Hard pack and ice these, to me, felt unstable. I found myself on the edges of the slope looking for the soft stuff. I can't complain because I did pick these up just for powder days.
Sun- Back on the Truth. Didn't know it but they got 9" at the top. Debated going back to get the PR's but I wanted to see how these did in the deeper stuff. I want these to be my day to day ski. Up top found some spots where it was knee to waist high. They did ok in this type of snow but definitly could have used a little more float, either more waist or more length . Tended to fight the skis from diving especially at slower speeds. The Soul or Sin I imagine would be a better choice in the Volant line for this type of snow.
Tried Chutes 2 and 3 and I was happy with their ability to make short and hop turns. Great edge hold. Again I'm comparing to my Mod X which also do well. Toward the end of the day I looked for some bumps. Wasn't looking too hard earlier given the powder. No VW sized stuff but in mid size were no problems. Anything it didn't do well is probably due to my technique rather than the ski.
Did what I've asked in the past of the Mod X and Bandit. On the way down took a groomer and these like to carve. Seemed very at home in packed powder. I look forward to more days on these.
On the quality side I noticed after a fall that the red fiber sidewall at the tail had peeled a bit. The back edge of one ski must have rubbed on the other ski sidewall. Little red fiber stuck out and pulled off easily. I'm hoping that this is only for appearance and the "true" sidewall is more durable.
Phil- Maybe you can comment.
Sorry for the long post.