Originally Posted by Worlb
At a church yard sale I picked up a pair of Volant Power Karve (160?) skiis with Marker M44 twin cam bindings that have never been skiied. Can someone give me an approximate time period of manufacture of said equipement? What has happened to Volant brand? Aquirred by another company? Finally an assesment: are these a good ski for an intermediate to contine skiing? Should I remount bindings (to short for my boots) or move on to a more current tecnology ski?
The Powerkarves were from (I believe) the '96-'01 model years. If they have a black bullet shaped cap on the tip they are from '99 or earlier, if they have a gray bullet shaped cap on the tip they are from '00, and if they have a rounded tip they are from 01'. However what year they're from matters little, because, if they are an unskied pair of Powerkarves you have a great pair of skis, and the Powerkarves were changed little during the years they were made.
If they are the right size for you (what size are you?), remount them, and ski 'em, they are very forgiving and excellent in crud, and powder of moderate depth, as well as good on groomers.
Volant is now owned and manufactured by Atomic which is under the Amer Sports umbrella.