Metal topsheets are very, very expensive. Volant isn't in the high price segment by choice. Also weight is a big matter with park skis. The other question: Who does really care about chips in the topsheet? They don't effect the function of the skis
Fischer addicts had a sheet of steel underfoot connected to the edges. I didn't have them long and didn't ride rails with them. I ended up giving them to a friend of mine so I couldn't tell you if the metal was actually suppose to work the way it was suppose to. I can see where the metal could help with pull outs. My friend didn't ride rails either.
The metal technology usually comes from race/gs skis. It makes the skis stiffer and more aggressive. Most likely titanal is used in Athlete versions of Pipe skis, it helps with getting speed and keeping the edge in the pipe.
actually they are...
they're owned by Amer Sports (Atomic,Salomon, etc...) and have been kept around to be a stupidly high end brand that is basically for people that need to show off how much money they have.
i had a pair of Volant Machete 69 back in the day. and i found them to be decent. they obviously didn't have the flex patterns of skis today and weren't designed to be mounted true center but they were a great all mountain twin.
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Hehe yeah i know i'm working in the very same company, and every once in a while i'm also working on some volant projects. The thing is: because of the topsheets (get lasercut out of a very special steel) and some slightly different components they are in fact more expencive than normal park/pow skis. Even in production costs.