Originally Posted by Ghost
I saw a Volant Machette (with a little sword-type icon in the base) and stamped G on the topsheet at sportcheck for 89 canuck bucks. Should I invest my hard earned cash? The ski looked like it might make an ok all-mountain ski and wouldn't be bothered much by crud or spring slush. Anybody know what it was? Can you describe it's good points?
Those are Machete McG, I've never skied them but know that they are the first all mountain design by Shane McConkey, so they are likely on the stiffer side of the all mountains made by Volant. I think JamesDeluxe has a pair so he could tell you a bit more about them. If they are new buy them!
Here's a SkiCanada Magazine review:Freeride - Test 2001Volant Machete McG (Editor's Choice) StatsMen / Women / OverallTest rating:
7.90 / 8.23 / 8.0Length:
188 / 178Binding:
Salomon 912 Ti 32mmSugg. retail:
Carving, Stability, VersatilitySkier weight:
Both / Both to HeavierSkier style:
Both / Both to PowerConditions:
All / AllSkier ability:
Advanced to Expert / AdvancedSweet spot:
Centred / Centred
Volant has done a major reworking of its high-end off-piste line, and offered up its new Machete McG (G stands for gravity) for both the men and women to test. You'll have to look hard to even find the Volant symbol on the tip of the ski.Men's comments:
"Ski the steel, feel the thunder. Finally, I feel the thunder. This ski is what this category is all about." (Smart) "Outstanding ski. Quick and versatile. Great for early initiation; skis with both finesse and power." (Honeyman) "Soft and smooth and well-suited for improving skills in bumps and powder." (G. Terwiel)Women's comments:
"Take it anywhere and ski anything. Not terribly zippy, though." (Younker) "One of the best in this category. Very stable, easy to initiate. Adaptable to all kinds of terrain." (A. Michaud) "All characteristics of this ski are awesome. Very stable, easy to initiate and likes to ski everywhere and everything on the mountain." (Roberts)Consensus:
Male testers in particular thought that this might be the best-ever Volant. The McG skied more aggressively than any previous models from years past. And, of course (as in years gone by), the women loved it.