Lots of people here recommend Volkls - a lot. I've never skied on them so I have no real opinion myself. But I have seen (here and on other boards) the comparison of Volkl to Bose. That means different things to different people. To me, it means overpriced and under-performing but very well marketed. To others, it means the exact opposite.
I tend to agonize over expensive purchases, and try to find out as much as I can about the quality of what I'm buying before I pull the trigger. I'm open to trying out Volkls, since it seems every shop around here sells them and they're readily available as demo models, and lots of people like them. But I'd really like to hear what people have to say about the quality, both good and bad - the Bose comparisons I've seen make me wonder, but maybe I'm misinterpreting the comparison.
BTW, I don't really care what someone's opinion is of me when they look at my gear, I'm more interested in the quality of the gear itself.
Seriously - this is not meant to start a flame war!