I was looking for a second pair of skis a couple years ago. I wanted something that would aid my goal of improving my skiing off piste, and I found some 173 Powerkarves on ebay I read everything I could find on them with an internet search. I was intrigued by Volant as I'd seen them in Play It Again Sports and thought they were beautiful. I bid and won them with a $0.30 bid. Since I had spent so little on them, the next day when I noticed an auction for Chubbs still at a reasonable price I bid on them too. I won them with a $65.00 bid.
The Chubbs arrived first, and I loved them immediately for how easy they were to turn for such a big ski (188s and the fattest ski I'd ever skied), but I had not begun to realize their potential.
The Powerkarves arrived a few days later, and though I was unhappy about some undisclosed delamination, I skied them and discoverd a stability and smoothness I had never felt before. It was like riding a skateboard on glass, even when pointing them through piles of variable chop they seemed to erase the uneveness of the snow, with vitually no deflection.
Since this feeling was somewhat of an epiphany for me, and the skis I first discovered it on were past their prime, I bought another pair of Powerkarves (this time in a 183) so I would always have that feeling available. Over the next month I found that the Chubbs had the same silky smooth quality, especially if I really let them loose, and charged the hill (I'd become very confident in myself skiing with skis that made it so easy).
After the end of the season, I found a pair of Gravity Powers at Garts, and was unable to resist buying them (again after reading everything available on the internet) for $112.10. This is the only pair of new skis I've ever bought. By this time I'd come to the expectation that I couldn't go wrong buying Volant's as the steel cap they had in common was the secret of that super smooth, confidence inspiring ride I loved so much.
I bought a pair of 188 Ti Powers expecting they were 183s, since they were advertised as 185s, and because they were mis advertised, the woman who sold them to me, chose to (without my asking her to) refund me half of the purchase price. This was around the time I first discovered epicski. I then added a pair of Ti Supers because I figured I needed some skis just for hard packed snow (and I was a hopeless addict at this point), when deciding to post, I had to come up with a screen name, and well I thought I'd just describe my current behavior at the time.
So Garry, when you come out this winter, you'll get to feel the smoothness of that steel magic carpet which keeps myself and others loyal to the exclusion of all else.
Ride the steel, baby!!!