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Volant Machete Soul

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Ski Make: Volant
Ski Model: 02/03 Machete Soul
Ski Length: 170cm
Snow Conditions Used In: Spring corn, heavy and light crud, groomers, bumps
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: 8
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 10
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 10
Other Skis You Like: Rossi Bandit X, Rossi Bandit XX, Atomic R:EX, Atomic Betaride 9.22
Your Height/Weight: 5'7" 150#
Comments: Skied it at Vail on the frontside and Back Bowls. Carves pretty well medium and long radius turns, but short turns and moguls are lots of work. Very heavy, damp and sluggish feeling underfoot. Felt like I was cutting with a big, imprecise machete instead of with a razor sharp scalpel. Not quick edge to edge. On the positive side, not easily deflected by the crud given it's weight and very stable at high speeds. Did not get to ski true powder. Overall, I was excited to try this ski given it's positive reviews from others that have skied it but I did not like it at all. I felt like I was skiing with oil tankers on my feet. Probably best for those looking for a very stable and solid feeling high speed GS turning midfat.
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You might have liked the ski better in a shorter length. My experience with the new Volants is that they ski really long - in other words go shorter not longer. I'm 5'10" 165 lb, and so far the new Volants that I have liked best were the Vertex in a 165cm and the Machettte Truth, also in a 165 and a 170. The other ones I tried were all 175cm, and felt to me as you describe - not particularly quick or precise. The 165 Machette felt a lot quicker than the 170. I was surprised how much difference just 5 cm (about 2 inches) made in skiing short turns and bumps.

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