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What were the most amazing skis you have ever seen?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
What inspires me to post this thread is me recalling the first time I laid eyes on a pair of Volants.

Everyone else skiing around with their colorful tops and here is this guy all in black, like a James Bond henchman, and sporting some slick steel sticks....I was blown away, I said to myself those have got to cost a fortune, they look amazing, and I couldn't believe he was just plopping them in the carrier of the gondola along with all the "lesser" skis. I didnt know what the heck they were back then but they did leave an impression on me. Had I known I may have become Volantaddict2.

Fast forward a few years, I buy my little lady her first pair of skis and they are Volants....I appreciate them far more than she. Being that they look like nothing else on the slope, she most erroneously thinks they are some cheap skis I bought her on sale tisk, tisk....my saving grace was that some celebrity in one of her silly tabloids was photographed in Aspen sporting the exact skis I bought her...cha-ching.
post #2 of 20
After reading your thread starter, I can't help but agree.

A year before I even knew what they were (I'd been away from skiing for a long time) I saw a pair of Ti Powers in Play It Again Sports, and wondered at them, I couldn't imagine that they were actually made of metal even though that was what they were.

I've posted the rest of the story enough times that I'm sick of it, but now, all too often, I sit and stare at a wall of those steel beauties; at those times I feel both rich, and sorrowful that I'm not standing on them, pointing my head down the fall line, and flying down the mountainside.
post #3 of 20
There were many. But the Authier Vampires, the first of the real rood retro topski skis built with high end euro quality sticks most in my mind. The Ski "Black Majic" were a unicorn of a ski for me, very elusive back in the day. There was just a pair on Ebay but went for too much $$ for wall decor for my desire.

As far as the Volants, I used the be a big Volant backer. It is all I skied for 10 years. I do recall seeing my first pair of FX2 back in 90, I think I skied them with in a couple of days of seeing them. I hated them and likened them to a Slug on valium. Not till I skied the G-Max and PowerKarve did I feel Volant made a good ski. I think you guys missed "the early years".
post #4 of 20
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The Ski "Black Majic" were a unicorn of a ski for me, very elusive back in the day. There was just a pair on Ebay but went for too much $$ for wall decor for my desire.
I saw those. They were mesmerizing

I do, recall the first time I saw a pair of volants. It was like nothing I'd seen, and I thought the guy skiing on them must be rich!
post #5 of 20
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It was like nothing I'd seen, and I thought the guy skiing on them must be rich!
Read post 1 again, he never had them.
post #6 of 20
I was a big fan of the Mojo 90 topsheet this past season:


But one of the best looking skis I've seen in a while were a pair of fatties from one of the independant manufacturers (I want to say PMGear, but I'm not sure) that were black/gray with red topographical lines on top. Very simple, but very cool looking. Wish I could find a picture.

I guess I like skis that have unique but simple designs. That, and the J.O. Pro's (for other reasons that some of you will understand I'm sure ).
post #7 of 20
Hexcel Split Tails. I saw a pair at the thrift store last month.
post #8 of 20
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Hexcel Split Tails. I saw a pair at the thrift store last month.
And I'm still disappointed that you passed on them.
post #9 of 20
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And I'm still disappointed that you passed on them.
If I had snagged them there's no way the boss would have let me get the SuperShapes

Which btw showed up matcing my sole legnth and DIN prefs exactly
God wanted me to get the Head SS

FWIW I gave RS the store contact info
post #10 of 20
The first time I saw Volants I though, "Holy shite! Those things must weigh a ton!".
post #11 of 20
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The first time I saw Volants I though, "Holy shite! Those things must weigh a ton!".
Boy were you off..*3/4 ton.






*models under 175cm
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
The first time I saw Volants I though, "Holy shite! Those things must weigh a ton!".
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Boy were you off..*3/4 ton.


*models under 175cm
FWIW when the SuperShape Liquidmetals arrived the UPS man handed me the box and as I picked it up I thought.... "what else did he send me, boots?"
They are also pretty heavy skis
post #13 of 20
Volant, the Delorean of skis.

Ahead of their time
Destined to fail...you still see them on the road / slopes from time to time.



The first wider ski that really got my attention was a Volkl Snow Ranger, but the Dynastar 4X4 Big with flames had the graphics..
post #14 of 20
I heard they're introducing a new Delorian around 2010
post #15 of 20
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The first wider ski that really got my attention was a Volkl Snow Ranger, but the Dynastar 4X4 Big with flames had the graphics..
I got a pair of 2nd year orange Bigs (my first wide ski) solely because Nobis was skiing on a pair in Harvest. I didn't know charging that psychotically was even possible until I saw that. Thankfully they were a pretty decent ski, until I got a pair of Explosivs.
post #16 of 20
does that thrift store still have those Hexcels?

also are they longer than 210?
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
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I heard they're introducing a new Delorian around 2010
Yep...Delorean is a company again, some fans bought the company and have already begun producing the old model (the warehouse/factory had stock piles of spares, enough to build entire cars) with hopes of having a new car in a few years.

What a cool sight it would it would be to have a roof rack full of Volants on a Delorean.

VA I think you need to buy a Delorean
post #18 of 20
Before I die, I want to see RR start a post that does NOT involve obsessing over material objects!! With all your big SUVS, 17 pairs of skis, and ski stickers... Have you ever any true "EXPERIENCES" while skiing?... Or is it just a hobby-sport that allows you to dork out on all your wonderful gadgets??
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
Relax there hot-head...its the off season, there is no snow on the ground. I had plenty of posts regarding actually skiing when there was skiing to be had. So if you have nothing good to contribute to my thread move on and STFU.
post #20 of 20
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Before I die, I want to see RR start a post that does NOT involve obsessing over material objects!! With all your big SUVS, 17 pairs of skis, and ski stickers... Have you ever any true "EXPERIENCES" while skiing?... Or is it just a hobby-sport that allows you to dork out on all your wonderful gadgets??
You are in the industry, right? Then you should know not to $hit where you eat . People like Richie -Rich fuel this industry (and from what it sounds like, many others), you need him and his buddies to keep skiing and funneling $$ into the sport.
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