Originally Posted by 232thumper
"The Machete Chubb FB was the higher level evolution of the Chubb"
I very respectfully disagree. Any ski not built in either Boulder or Wheatridge was viewed as a lesser product by nearly all of the staff. When Penn, Ron and Mark designed that partial composite cap, it was primarily for cost savings. It eliminated the roll form process and made the side wall finishing extremely easy compared to the full cap skis - a ski could get down graded to a demo (bad) if the sidewall finishing went wrong. When that ski was shown, everyone thought it looked great, but most were shocked that the cap (I remember hearing "the soul") had pretty much been eliminated.
On Aug 24, 2001 the last pair of real Volants created under Bucky's original design were finished/moved into the warehouse. Anything made after that was a different product built under different premise by a different company.
Certainly different product, and different companies, but the same damp feeling as with the full steel cap. I've skied every model of Chubb made in CO, I''ve worn them out, and I've blown them apart often. I love them all. However, I have found the V2 Chubbs (for powder), and Machete FBs (all types of snow) to be superior in performance to their steel capped progenitors, except in moguls.
Further, my Machete FBs have over 300 days on them and haven't broken or bent, they are still snappy and devastating. All of my steel capped Chubbs played out to flattened camber, or delamination in fewer days than that. The V2 Chubbs, I believe, lose their snappy-ness, and can be broken, as I discovered (I was dropping off stuff).
It was a pity that Volant never produced a full cap ski wider than 90 in the waist, like a 135-100-124, I would have worshiped a ski like that.
The consistent thing is that steel makes for a smooth ride, a level of dampness beyond the ken of any other material, and the Volant brand has remained paired with the sensation of the material.
Edited by volantaddict - 8/16/14 at 2:28am