Criteria for choosing a ski,
Well that's changed dramatically since Volant is now manufactured by Canadian a subsidary of a European Company in China.
I want a ski that is an all around ski that does very well on the groomed, powder, and spring conditions.
It must be an easy ski to ski [ forgiving,] but be able to hold in icey/hard pack conditons on expert slopes.
It must be both dymanic and forgiving. It has to be shorter than my old skis, so I can make quick short turns, but carve as well. It has to go through the crud and the spring slushies, but make turning in those conditions fun..... not a chore !
It has to do just about everything except the very extreme of the deep, deep bottomless powder. In those conditions, I will need a powder board.
And yes, I did buy a pair of skis that I didn't demo. A pair of Volant T3 Powers, 180 cm. in length, with Marker Titanium 1200 Piston bindings.
A very sexy gold anodized top skin with appropariate grey trim, adornes this beauty. Yes, just like impulsively buying a car off the lot, with out taking it for a test drive, because you like the styling and color, so ...why bother !?
That ski spoke to me, I bought it, and have not regretted it, since I took my second run of those skis. Yes, I did a lot of second guessing and worrying about whether I was too impulsive, to have not to demod first ? Com'on, me not demo, and buy a ski on impulse, how much sense does that make? None actually, but I did it anyway, figuring there was this web site, Ebay, etc. to dispose of them if I did not like them.But I did worry about it as well.
Now, my new short demo list at this moment is:
Salomon's Pocket Rocket, may be a 185, but a 175 if I can get away with it.
Still working on the other three skis I want to demo. Perhaps the new K2 5500, for old times sake.
And maybe the Volkl Motion with the Marker integrted Piston control binding?
And finally, its been at least three years since I tried anything from Atomic.