I bought my 173 Volant Powerkarves on ebay for a whopping thirty cents plus $30 shipping, just so I'd have a second pair of skis for when my XScreams were in the shop. I'd never tried them, but I read a bunch about them beforehand, and most of the reviews were glowing.
They were so cheap that I felt justified in buying a pair of Chubbs the same weekend, also after reading many reviews. After skiing on each of them I felt that I had found what I was looking for in skis, and continued collecting them without trying them, as they were all model several years old, had seen little use, and were very inexpensive compared to other high end skis.
Today I'll be starting the new season out, and I'll be riding my trusty 173s, my thirty cent wonders.