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post #31 of 53
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
Hey if you're tired of your Chubbs, I would love a pair of 180s for tree skiing.
The optical base ones (110/90/108?) have been selling for $50-80 at swaps 'round here.
post #32 of 53
Volant had a number of firsts in ski design, forgetting the stainless steel. The G-max was one of the first GS skis with a tip over 90mm, it was 93mm IIRC. The PowerKarve was the first of the mid-fats, the X-scream took the lions share of the press. The Chubb is still the quinticential powder ski. And the Spatula is well...the Spatula.
post #33 of 53
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
Hey if you're tired of your Chubbs, I would love a pair of 180s for tree skiing.
I appreciate the offer, but I'm hanging onto these battleships.

On some cat and heli-trips I've done, my Chubbs cruised with aplomb while other skis chattered on fluted, icy, wind-driven terrain, or were knocked asunder by chicken heads.

That trademark, velvety Chubb ride is ideal for variable backcountry terrain. I still feel invincible on those things. And, oh do they float.

Only a welder could love the industrial steel-grey finish. They are ugly, and they don't have the reflexes or "feel" of the Mantra, Gotama or Sugar Daddy.

Still, the ancient Chubbs own a piece of backcountry Heaven than no other ski can touch.

They're keepers!
post #34 of 53
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Originally Posted by comprex
The optical base ones (110/90/108?) have been selling for $50-80 at swaps 'round here.
I've wanted to get a short pair of powder skis, for the trees, for a while now, and would love to get some '04 Chubbs in a 175 (money has been lacking where my desire is strong), but now that I'm thinking about it, an old pair of Chubbs WOULD work rather nicely, and as you point out, they do show up inexpensively and not infrequently.
post #35 of 53
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato

Only a welder could love the industrial steel-grey finish.
Well then get 'em under a buffer until they shine like a mirror.
post #36 of 53
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
Well then get 'em under a buffer until they shine like a mirror.
And ruin the "classic" finish? Nah. Part of the appeal for me is the scruffy "organic" look.

I live in the PNW.
post #37 of 53
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
And ruin the "classic" finish? Nah. Part of the appeal for me is the scruffy "organic" look.

I live in the PNW.
Ah yes, the PNW (I lived most of my life in Oregon); so you want your Chubbs to match the sky?
post #38 of 53
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
Powerkarve: 173cm '98; 183cm '00
Ti Power: 188cm '00
Gravity Power: 180cm '02
Ti Super: 185cm '00
Chubb: 188cm '01
We're not too far off.

Ti Super: 173cm '00
Powerkarve: 183cm '98
Machete McG: 183cm '01
Chubb: 170cm (which year are the opticals with the cow designs?)
post #39 of 53
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Originally Posted by jamesdeluxe
We're not too far off.

Ti Super: 173cm '00
Powerkarve: 183cm '98
Machete McG: 183cm '01
Chubb: 170cm (which year are the opticals with the cow designs?)
I really don't know about the opticals.

How do those McG's compare to the PKs?
post #40 of 53
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
How do those McG's compare to the PKs?
They're lighter, more narrow at the waist -- good all-around ski, just wish I had 'em in 173 as they're tough to maneuver through tight northeastern trees... though this may have more to do with my sorry skillz than the ski.

The PKs float better in powder and are especially good in heavy crud.
post #41 of 53
I have a pair of Volant Machete SINS that I love. It seemed with the signing of Shane and the production of the machete line (and spatulas), that Volant was starting to try to get away from the older skier image. But now it seems like they are heading back in that direction with Atomic marketing them they way they are.
post #42 of 53
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Originally Posted by JSarcione
I have a pair of Volant Machete SINS that I love. It seemed with the signing of Shane and the production of the machete line (and spatulas), that Volant was starting to try to get away from the older skier image. But now it seems like they are heading back in that direction with Atomic marketing them they way they are.
I thought they were marketing to fashion models, have you seen their website http://volantski.com ? Just a half a joke. They are certainly after the fashionably image conscious luxury crowd. In other words my polar opposites, just look:
post #43 of 53
Volantaddict,

Yikes, their site looks like a Calvin Klein commercial. I'm just waiting for someone to whisper Eternity!

-Craig

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Originally Posted by volantaddict
I thought they were marketing to fashion models, have you seen their website http://volantski.com ? Just a half a joke. They are certainly after the fashionably image conscious luxury crowd. In other words my polar opposites, just look:
post #44 of 53
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Originally Posted by Craig W
Volantaddict,

Yikes, their site looks like a Calvin Klein commercial. I'm just waiting for someone to whisper Eternity!

-Craig
The pictures are just part of the effect, have you ever hear the word sovereign applied to skis before? Hmmm....could they be implying royalty? Gag me with a two-by-four.:
post #45 of 53
Thread Starter 
I seriously doubt even one of those pouting, brooding, pensive models has ever been near a ski, much less outside in the elements. They musn't stray from the vanity - it takes stamina and ample eyeliner to sustain such moodiness, while avoiding those pesky brainwaves.

Now, Volantaddict, YOU are the real deal! How did they every pry you outta the PNW? You look like the region's spritual soul.

It appears Missoula has a resident sage. We just hired a new dealer in Missoula - perhaps I'll have an excuse to visit this winter.

You're right about the Chubb's. They look a lot like Bellingham in the winter.
post #46 of 53
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Now, Volantaddict, YOU are the real deal! How did they every pry you outta the PNW? You look like the region's spritual soul.

It appears Missoula has a resident sage. We just hired a new dealer in Missoula - perhaps I'll have an excuse to visit this winter.

You're right about the Chubb's. They look a lot like Bellingham in the winter.
I lived in Eugene for fourteen years (after fifteen years in Portland) going from frat boy, to deadhead hippy vagabond, to street preacher, to mystery tramp, before getting involved with a woman who moved out here to have my son. Otherwise I'd still be in Eugene and probably wouldn't have got back into skiing. I got semi-almost stable, above the poverty level, and live twelve miles from the lift.

You'll know a good time to hit Missoula by the way I'll be crowing about snowfall. Ever ski Snowbowl?

Maybe THAT'S why I like the steel rails, they remind me of the skies of home.
post #47 of 53
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
You'll know a good time to hit Missoula by the way I'll be crowing about snowfall. Ever ski Snowbowl?
We'll keep an eye on you as the "leading indicator" of conditions in Montana. Seriously, if I make a "dealer training" trip to Missoula this winter, I'll PM you (depends if the guy actually sells something).

If so, you can show me Snowbowl in all its glory!
post #48 of 53
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
Jesus, what a gay site. "The loveliest of surfaces?"
post #49 of 53
Wait till you see the Prada model with matching skibag/luggage.
post #50 of 53
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Originally Posted by jamesdeluxe
Jesus, what a gay site. "The loveliest of surfaces?"
Yeah, it's revolting isn't it? I wonder, who WOULD be swayed by that sort of tripe? It's way past pretentious, I really can't imagine anyone getting sucked in by it.
post #51 of 53
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
We'll keep an eye on you as the "leading indicator" of conditions in Montana. Seriously, if I make a "dealer training" trip to Missoula this winter, I'll PM you (depends if the guy actually sells something).

If so, you can show me Snowbowl in all its glory!
Cool beans Captain, when Snowbowl has snow, it's quite worth a visit. There wasn't the snow last year to explore the tree skiing (last year was my first pass year there) but in an average snow year, that where the locals go.
post #52 of 53
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
Yeah, it's revolting isn't it? I wonder, who WOULD be swayed by that sort of tripe? It's way past pretentious, I really can't imagine anyone getting sucked in by it.
You (and I) are not their target audience anymore. Besides..I like tripe.
post #53 of 53
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
You (and I) are not their target audience anymore. Besides..I like tripe.
Well I usually am outside the intended demographic groups for advertising.
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