Here is what Peter Keelty has to say in his On the SNow Column (full link is On the SnowVolant: Back in the hunt
Everything old is new again, goes the song, and this describes Volant to perfection. Now a subsidiary of the Canadian Gen-X conglomerate, Volant has retooled basic design, incorporating composite sidewalls. The modified cap construction is less intrinsically important to performance.
This makes all the difference. From “so-so”, the tests we have completed so far are coming back in full rave. Some of our testers admitted their reluctance to try the skis at all this time around; Volant performance has been slipping behind the pack in the past season or two.
No longer. The new skis are so lively that anyone familiar with “silver skis for silver hair skiers” is going to have to think again.
Even with all the changes, Volant has not forsaken its core constituency. Though much more lively, the new Volant’s remain exceptionally easy to ski at recreational speeds and respond well to relaxed input (with some notable exceptions which I’ll identify in our results chart this summer).
Sadly, the CHUBB is gone. The CHUBB was, again in my opinion, the best recreational powder ski ever made. R.I.P.