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Volant goes luxury

post #1 of 14
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This just in from Firsttracksonline.com...the Cadillac of skis for real

http://www.firsttracksonline.com/new...034831565.shtm

At least the "silver" skis will still be in my price point...

But what about the machetes and chubbs? No mention in the article.
post #2 of 14
Did they do away with the Spatula too?
post #3 of 14
one word, why?

Is there really a need to try to compete with the "Luxury" skis on the market, I know there are a handfull of clothing designers making skis that sell for rediculous money, but I just don't see the need to compete with this market. Yes the customer base spends a lot of money, but there are so few, and the people buying these skis aren't buying them for performance, their buying them for the name. Volant, although without the biggest following, has always produced decent equiptment.

I don't know, maybe I'm just rambling because I'm tired, I just don't understand why they would do that.
post #4 of 14
Heh, no wonder I couldn't get in touch with my rep to see what was coming up. I will take a look at dimensions before I decide what level of metal I will be on. I also need to decide if I want to go with the Volant/Atomic binding or stay w/ my Salomons.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Manus
one word, why?

Is there really a need to try to compete with the "Luxury" skis on the market, I know there are a handfull of clothing designers making skis that sell for rediculous money, but I just don't see the need to compete with this market.
Manus, that's what we said not so long ago with Lexus/Infiniti/Acura. Think of it as a way to bring ultra-technology to market without the need to meet super-tight cost margins. Hand fabrication, small-run production, and Atomic's huge knowledge base and R&D staff making products for the recreational skier? How can this be bad (if you're not a small fabricant yourself?)

I want me a pimp ski!
post #6 of 14
Sounds to me like the difference between the silver and the upgrade "elite" models is cosmetic - the different finish on the stainless skirt.

Jim
post #7 of 14
It will be tought to re creat the Volant "mystique". With Volants distibution troubles over the last few years and, at this point, last years models (in the wrapper) sitting on ebay for less than $200.00. Image will be tought be reserected. Margins of 60% at the dealer level means that there will be huge discounts when dealers start to get nervous because the sales are slow. I agree the moving up market is risky... but Atomic is willing to take that risk. IMO, pricing might be moving me out of their market, even at Pro pricing, they might be getting too expensive for my blood. Deals for leftovers on ebay can be too tempting.
post #8 of 14
I'm still happy with my full metal jackets.
post #9 of 14

"goes" luxury? shouldn't it be pluperfect tense?

Volant always has been the silverhaired Lexus-driving person's ski.

McConkey's Spatula doesn't really change that.

Kashiwa's ideas? who knows.
post #10 of 14
It seemed to me that the spatula was mcconkey's attemp to squeeze out the last remaining coolness in volant. Its time for him to move to K2 or any other brand that will produce some spatulas for him.

just my thoughts... I used to love my volants before I experienced K2.

-Mammoth Cruzer Jr.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
Volant always has been the silverhaired Lexus-driving person's ski.
NEVER owned a LEXUS, but have owned VOLANTS. I had a Chevy Spectrum when I had the Volants...how do you think I afforded the skis?

Actually, should the title of this thread be...Volant returns to luxury?
post #12 of 14
"Think of it as a way to bring ultra-technology to market without the need to meet super-tight cost margins. "
What ultra technology it is still a Volant? The only good ski they ever made was the chubb and then everybody else started doing "fatties" which were better.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by waxman
What ultra technology it is still a Volant?
I would like the electronic tracking system with encrypted networking between boots, bindings and skis as shown in US Patent Application 2004/0074966, especially if they can make good on paragraphs 105 and 106 (automatic setting of binding settings, Bluetooth networking, as well as the antitheft programming as controlled by your mobile phone- par. 31).


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and then everybody else started
And THEN everybody else started. Exactly.
post #14 of 14
ok, miller soft begat atomic podwer plus(or whatever) and rossignol axiom which begat volant chubbs(the official ski of the seniors alpine ski club) which begat the modern fatty which are so much better than any of the above. Volant is not like Raichle/Geze/Head/Atomic/Nordica/Dynastar who all benefitted from bankruptcy or buyout, Volant should have RIP.
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