Volant Skis 2001-02
Ever since the company's founding in the late '80s, Volant's stainless steel cap construction has had a well-deserved reputation for smoothness in difficult snow and excellent edge grip on hardpack. Last year the Denver-based company injected some un-Volant-like liveliness into the formula with its T3 construction-as well as some youthful vigor into the collection with the Machete series of twin tips developed by freerider Shane McConkey.
This year, Volant has raised the energy bar another notch with the Gravity Series. The Gravity Power, Gravity Epic, Gravity Super, and Gravity Chubb cover the freeride, all-mountain, carving, and powder categories, respectively. A new low-profile tip design decreases weight substantially, and there's a new Core Control design intended to give the skis "controlled energy, inspiration, and excitement."
The female-specific Vertex Series has also been overhauled for 2001-2002 with the new low-profile tip and Core Control design.
And the T3 Series has been graphically energized with a new and unique color application. Low Temperature Arc Deposition (LATV) uses positive and negative metallic-ion charges to fuse metallic particles into the steel cap. The unique process also increases the hardness of the steel surface, making it more scratch resistant.
Volant is continuing its practice of using easy-to-remember model names instead of letter-number combinations as is common practice in the rest of the industry.
The new Gravity Series is the core of Volant's line, covering all performance types from powder to carving for recreational skiers from intermediate to expert.
New: Gravity Power (freeride), Gravity Epic (all-mountain), Gravity Super (carving), Gravity Chubb (powder).
The T3 Series represents Volant's Audi category, smooth but sporty skis with extra care taken to ensure a quality finish to the product.
Modified: T3 Power (with new "Vapor Gold" graphics), T3 Epic (with new "Vapor Smoke" graphics), T3 Super (with new, mirror-like "Vapor Flash" graphics).
This is Volant's female-specific category, with a flex profile tested by and developed for women skiers. The group incorporates the new low-tip profile for decreased weight, Core Control design for energy, a new series of women's-specific sidecuts, and a new Satin top finish.
New:Vertex Power (freeride), Vertex Epic (all-mountain), Vertex Super (carving).
The Machete Series, developed by freerider Shane McConkey, is meant for "all-mountain madness," "aerial trickery," or straight-lining big mountains.
Modified: Machete 69 (for the aggressive half-pipe huckster with new low-profile tip, new aluminum "stomp-it" tailbar, and new "flash" graphics, Machete Gravity (a mid-fat all-mountain cruiser with new low-profile tip and "flash" graphics, and Machete Huckster (a fat twin tip with new "stomp-it tailbar" and "flash graphics").