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New Volant Gravity and K2 Axis XP Reviews

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I had a chance to ride some free demos at Loveland this past Saturday. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] I skied each pair at least 3 runs and tried to vary the terrain and snow conditions as much as early season would allow. FYI, I currently ski Volant T3 Powers in a 185 and Volant Chubbs in a 180. Here are my opinions:

Ski Make: Volant
Ski Model: Gravity 68
Ski Length: 175
Snow Conditions Used In: Man-made with 4” fresh natural and 200 yards of 12” untracked
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: Advanced
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 15
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 60
Other Skis You Like: Volant T3 Power, K2 X-15
Your Height/Weight: 5’8”, 180 lbs
Comments: Fun and quick edge to edge carver. Typical Volant dampness. Carved well in all conditions (hard packed man-made to 4” of freshies). Very little flotation through the deeper snow. Actually handled a few death cookies fairly well. Turn initiation was effortless. Perfect Midwest ski.

Ski Make: Volant
Ski Model: Gravity 71
Ski Length: 175
Snow Conditions Used In: Man-made with 4” fresh natural and 200 yards of 12” untracked
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: Advanced
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 15
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 60
Other Skis You Like: Volant T3 Power, K2 X-15
Your Height/Weight: 5’8”, 180 lbs
Comments: Very similar to my T3 Powers. This was the most versatile ski that I demoed. Excellent edge hold, even on the hard pack. Excellent flotation through the deep stuff. A crud busting machine! I will own a pair of these!!!!!

Ski Make: Volant
Ski Model: Gravity Chubb
Ski Length: 175
Snow Conditions Used In: Man-made with 4” fresh natural and 200 yards of 12” untracked
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: Advanced
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 15
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 60
Other Skis You Like: Volant T3 Power, K2 X-15
Your Height/Weight: 5’8”, 180 lbs
Comments: I was very surprised with the versatility of the new Chubbs. I own an older version of this ski and I don’t enjoy them on hard pack. These were different. They carved GREAT on the hard pack and floated through the deeper stuff in the expected Chubb fashion. They are still heavy and I was getting tired, but had to do a couple of laps just to feel them float through the deep stuff.

Ski Make: K2
Ski Model: Axis XP
Ski Length: 174
Snow Conditions Used In: Man-made with 4” fresh natural and 200 yards of 12” untracked
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: Advanced
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 15
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 60
Other Skis You Like: Volant T3 Power, K2 X-15
Your Height/Weight: 5’8”, 180 lbs
Comments: Very nice ski. Lighter than any of the Volants. Absolutely would NOT hold an edge on the hard pack. As soon as I got into any loose snow, they were fine. Very nice flotation through the deeper stuff, but didn’t have the crud busting ability of the Gravity 71’s or the Chubbs. The K2 rep was a bit pissed when I gave him my opinion, but that’s the way I saw (and felt) it. I would take the Chubbs over the Axis XP.

These were all excellent skis and I had a GAS!!!!!

[ November 19, 2003, 02:49 PM: Message edited by: Skicrazy ]
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Originally posted by Skicrazy:

Ski Make: K2
Ski Model: Axis XP
Ski Length: 174
Snow Conditions Used In: Man-made with 4” fresh natural and 200 yards of 12” untracked
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: Advanced
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 15
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 60
Other Skis You Like: Volant T3 Power, K2 X-15
Your Height/Weight: 5’8”, 180 lbs
Comments: Very nice ski. Lighter than any of the Volants. Absolutely would NOT hold an edge on the hard pack. As soon as I got into any loose snow, they were fine. Very nice flotation through the deeper stuff, but didn’t have the crud busting ability of the Gravity 71’s or the Chubbs. The K2 rep was a bit pissed when I gave him my opinion, but that’s the way I saw (and felt) it. I would take the Chubbs over the Axis XP.

These were all excellent skis and I had a GAS!!!!!
Same experience here-I thought that the K2 Axis XP sucked on the groomed when I demoed it last year. It wouldn't hold an edge and was very unpredictable. I really don't know why everyone is googling over that ski-there are quite a few better skis on the market for that type of ski. A guy was looking at midfats in our shop the other day, and he absolutely wanted to only see the XP (even though he had never been on it, nor any other midfat). I tried to show him the offerings from Elan and Fischer (which are better skis, IMO) and he refused to listen to me or take my advice to demo some skis and find out for himself. Just because he loves his old TNC's doesn't mean that K2 is making the best product today. They just happen to have the biggest ad budget...

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if you can't get the XP to hold on hard snow or ice and the ski was properly tuned, it's you and not the ski that needs correction.

I would wager poor base/edge finish was a factor. the XP has better edge hold than the Axis X, and I can ski my Axis X on hardpack and ice just fine. they don't hold relentlessly like a Volkl or Stockli, but they surely perform well enough to get by without cramped arches and death-grip toe freezing
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I skied the xp at alta last season, I have the axis x pro & wanted to try a wider ski, I tried the REX, BANDIT XX & the xp, now I allready like the k2 feel so I was not surprized that I liked the xp the most, what I was surprised about was that the 174cm xp was as stable as my axis x pro 181cm at speed & carved different size turns with little effort, it was ICY at brighton one night & I had the xp, my k2 mach s, & an R10 atomic, the xp did almost as well as my mach s in holding an edge, the R10 atomic skied great but did not hold an edge at all, it came from a shop at alta & when I asked they told me they did not bevel the edges because all they have is powder so the R10 was lacking due to not being tuned correctly, I really liked the R10 & would own this ski if I didn't have the skis I have, there may be some skis that will do everything the axis xp does better but trying to demo all the different skis on a trip is difficult at best, I say find what works for you buy it & enjoy it, there will always be something you might like better but then you would buy nothing, oh yea I just got my new axis xp's from inspector gadget & my axis x pros are on their way to NY.

cheers bteddy
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