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Volant Chubb V2 Vs Machete FB

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I just joined last night. I've enjoyed peoples insight since last year. It helped me in my decision to buy Rossignol B2's.

Has anyone skied on The Chubb V2 and the Machete? Was there a difference between them? I see the're the same dimensions but one appears to be stiffer. I'm an advanced/expert skier looking perhaps a powder ski for those big dumps. I love my B2's but they do tend to sink a little in over 12 inches. Then again... I've actually have never skied on true powder skis so maybe I'm getting adequate float without realizing it on my b2's.

I appreciate any input.
post #2 of 20
Yep, they are the exact same dimensions, the only difference is the flex. At your level, assuming you are somewhat aggressive, I think you would like the FB's better. They should float considerably better than your B2's. They should float closer to the B3's if you have ever tried them. All in all they are a good ski and there seems to be some incredible deals around on them right now since they are discontinued.
post #3 of 20
The FB's are a bit stiffer, not that it makes a huge difference especially if you are using these as just a powder ski. Which ever you can get a better deal or or you like the graphics better, go with.
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks, guys.
Do you think they would be a great choice for just powder skis or should I look elsewhere and forget the good prices on them?

I know the real answer is demo. But that is hard to matchup with powder days and also we have no snow right now in Montana with very little forecasted.
post #5 of 20
Look for my review of the Machete FB here.

Bottom line: Burly ski, no top speed limit, carves well on ice, very centered so short turns on steeps are easy. Good expert's ski.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jlb
Look for my review of the Machete FB here.

Bottom line: Burly ski, no top speed limit, carves well on ice, very centered so short turns on steeps are easy. Good expert's ski.

Wow! Thanks for that review. You kept mentioning HEAVY! Is it significantly heavier than others? I'm in fairly good shape but will these skis wear me out before I want to be in deep powder days?
post #7 of 20
If you ski crud & powder fast in open bowls go with the FB. If you stick to the trees and narrow chutes consider the Chubb. Personally, I would take the Chubb because I value ease of turning in tight spots over stability at high speeds.
post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
Rio,
You're in MT I see. I ski Snow Bowl a lot which consists of a lot of tree skiing in the bowls. That's why I love the B2's. Is the Chubb a little lighter than the FB since it's not a wood core? Sounds like you would suggest the Chubb for where I'm at.
post #9 of 20
I'm not sure if the Chubb is lighter. It is going to be a much easier ski for tight trees and in moguls. I'm not sure how Snowbowl is, but around Bozeman you can't avoid big moguls even on powder days. The main concern about the Chubb is if its a bit redundant with your B2. I always like to have a bomber ski in my quever for the terrain at Big Sky.
post #10 of 20
As I recall Chubbs are about 11Lbs a pair FBs about 12 Lbs. Niether is a lite ski. But wieght does help when crushing nasty crud.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Utah49,

Thanks for the idea on weight. I looked up the specs on a B3 and it is around 9 lbs for a ski length of 185. If the Chubbs/Machete FB are truly 11 to 12 pounds, that is a significant weight difference... isn't it??
post #12 of 20
They do have a some wieght. But if your not skiing park and pipe the wieght really isn't a big deal ,unless your going to mount Telly or AT bindings. I really like how the old chubbs are in heavy crud. think of it like a big Battle Ship in heavy seas. They just ride right over whatever is in it's way.
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Utah49,
I appreciate your (and everyone's) input. What is your ski of choice on a powder day?
post #14 of 20
I just got the Chubbs 185cm 2004's for 177 bucks on ebay...was going to grab the FB but they went for 255 and I am more a black skier rather then a double black skier...I will do double blacks but being my frist colorado winter im taking my time...

i used the pocket rockets last week at vail in the mashed potatos...awesome skis but 175cm was to small for me in the powder I felt...

Im psyched for my Chubbs to arrive!
post #15 of 20
How much you weight if you don't mind ?
I am 203lb and also have the chubb on 175cm. Do I need to switch to 185cm ?
post #16 of 20
I probably weigh 180-185...the 185 is probably a little big for me...but I was skiing a 195cm so I don't mind...and for that price I don't think I can go wrong...

I've skiied the BIGS 193cm?? and Some Blizzard x-mountain 195cm...and the pocket rocket 175cm....

So 185 looks like a comfortable medium....im only 5 10 also..
post #17 of 20
I'll stay with the 175cm chubbs with S912ti pocket binding. It's a liltle longer than Pocket Rocket 175 and it fits inside my Accord with the backseat fold down.
Thanks for the inputs.
post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by MAGNOE
Wow! Thanks for that review. You kept mentioning HEAVY! Is it significantly heavier than others? I'm in fairly good shape but will these skis wear me out before I want to be in deep powder days?
Oh, suck it up. Do some extra wallsits and lunges and you'll be fine.

No ski that I've ever demoed has ever been able to do as much as I asked and more, however, no ski has required as much energy as the FB.
post #19 of 20
I have a pair 180cm old style chubbs in my quiver. They are heavy and damp nice in crud and they have good manors a bit slow due to wieght. I'm looking for some demo binding to mount on them so friends that vist can use them. i gave myself a Birthday gift earlier this season od a pair of K2 Apache Chiefs. They are wider then the Chubbs 98mm underfoot with a tad more sidecut and less wieght they are better on the groomed getting back and forth to the good stuff. At 174 they are a blast in trees. Much better in tight places then my 177cm Atomic Rex. The Chubbs and the Atomics are crud masher skis. the Chiefs are more crud player skis. the Chief is a true deep powder ski.
post #20 of 20
Ahhh finally got my chubbs...mounted them and took them out to Breck off of Chair 6...nice wind blown powder right down the middle..oh i mean to the left and right don't go down the middle nothing but rocks wink wink....

Anyways They hauled in about 6 inches of wind blown powder...they also cruised right through the crust...being in my first colorado season I was delighted to see that I could take quick powder turns and haul down the mountain at great skis...These things own the powder...i can't wait to get them to vail when I get back from the awful east coast...anyways The chubbs are sick skis! buy them cheap on ebay you will be happy..I know I am
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