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Volant Spatulas - still a good powder ski?

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I am 6'1" 250# intermediate skier. Have a pair of AC30's for most of my skiing on hard pack and groomers. Take a few trips each year (10-15 days total) out to SLC to ski. 

Last year I ended up renting Hellbents and some other pow skis when it dumped and spent like $300 or so.
 
I have a chance to pick up a pair of Spatulas with bindings for $300. I am not a great powder skier but had fun and am thinking this would be a good way to add some powder boards to my present quiver of one!

Very little info on the web on these other than they were the first reverse/sidecut-camber skis , they were designed by Shane McConkey and Volant put them out for only one year like 5 years ago. But a lot of new pow ski reviews reference the Spatula.
Anyone add anything to this? I am a cautious skier in powder do not rip like on groomers.

Thanks!
post #2 of 12
I think the technoogy has evolved but it's still considered a good ski. If nothing else pick them up for the nostalgia.
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I've watched a couple of auctions on eBay. $300+ with bindings is what they are going for. I want them for my 'technological advances' collection. I have lots of Chubbs which I actually use. If I get a pair of Spats, I'll ski them some and put them in the collection. Right now my powder ski collection is Atomic Powder Plus (x3), Atomic Heli Guides, Volant Chubbs (x3), K2 Big Kahunas (may be a stretch, but they are a nice powder ski) and Elan M1111. These range from early '90s to mid '00s.

Make sure the bases are in good shape, especially where the 'machete' is. It is a very cool base and would add to their collectablility. Also check the sidewalls and edges to make sure they are not bent or broken. No really good way to test that they aren't broken internally as you would with a standard camber ski.  That test involves putting the skis together base to base and squeezing them at the waist to see that the edges form a straight line from tip to tail. Much non-symmetric variation shows breaks you might not be able to see, such as a snapped core.
post #4 of 12
Spatulas are as good on untracked snow as anything that's ever been made, it's just getting from the untracked to the lift where they can be a pain.
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That's what I've heard. I still want a pair!
post #6 of 12
You will also find Praxis Powders on Gear Swap at TGR for $300 ish, usually with out bindings. Go with the 195 length unless your a small guy.
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Originally Posted by liv2 ski View Post

You will also find Praxis Powders on Gear Swap at TGR for $300 ish, usually with out bindings. Go with the 195 length unless your a small guy.

I'd disagree a tiny bit with the length advice. Depends what someone is looking to do. I think more & more folks (myself included) are starting to believe that for most normal sized skiers the choice is as much about use/terrain as weight. Any ski north of 130 underfoot is gonna have a ton of "float". So other things come into play.

185 is probably a fine length for a whole lot of people. Especially if their preferred use is trees, chutes, play terrain, etc... in powder or slush.  My "go-to" powder ski the past couple years has been the 195 PraxisPowder Board (me = a bit over 200 pounds). So I have nothing against the longer length. Just saying that the "giant is better" mantra about reverse camber skis may be a bit overstated these days. 

The Spatula is 185 IIRC.
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Spindrift, as a guy who is normally in the 190lb range before gear, I have found longer skis are a must for me in powder. Sadly, I really struggled with my 191 Goliaths, due to their normal camber and side cut, but then found Nirvana on 195 PP's. Due to the rev/rev shape of the ski, I am thinking they ski more like a 170ish ski, so the skis size really doesn't have the same GNAR value as other gear to me.
To the OP, read this review as there were some interesting comparisons to the Spats.
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=104957
post #9 of 12

I saw this in another thread. Shane McConkey.  The Spatula.
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post

Spatulas are as good on untracked snow as anything that's ever been made, it's just getting from the untracked to the lift where they can be a pain.
 


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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

That's what I've heard. I still want a pair!


Me too! 
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I ski the praxis powders in 185 and am 200lbs. I never really thought it was too small. A 195 might work better in open lines, but the 185 is great in the trees.

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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

I saw this in another thread. Shane McConkey.  The Spatula.

Shane never fails to make me LOL and put a smile on my face.
We will never forget you Shane.
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