I have a pair of Volant Vertex Gold 155cm. I picked mine up in August 05 on ebay for $299.00 unmounted and still wrapped from a ski shop in NC.
They are my third pair of skis. I started with Salomon Verse YUCK felt like I was skiing with wood planks attached to my feet. Then I went to Blizzard X-Spirit 5 148cm I found them too snappy and unruly at times. I have passed them on to my 13 yo daughter since they have similar personalities.
So far I like them! These skis I selected for myself rather than letting a salesperson tell me what I needed. I feel very stable and confident, they plow through anything I happen upon. My only issues have been and this is not the skis fault. I find skiing bumps more difficult (I need to do more leg work and become adjusted to the added length) and I can never seem to convince anyone to carry them for me.
I know at least 5 people who live by Volants and will probably ski the ones they own until they fall apart and then buy a more reasonably priced ski before spending 1500 bucks for a new pair.
If only people would stop asking dumb questions like.....does the sun reflect off your skis and blind you!