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    Aggression versus Volant metal boards?

    I've got a Volant Excel 162 board with the stainless topsheet. It's become my favorite board (awesome edge to edge speed and great pop), but it's a little bit too turny for some race courses, so I'd like to find one with more of a GS size/sidecut.

    I see some of these Aggression snowboard come up for sale with aluminum topsheets. A buddy on my team insists that they must have come from the same place, and that they're likely not correct about the metals being different (i.e. maybe mine is really aluminmum, or maybe the Aggression is really stainless).

    Does anyone know for sure, because if they really are the same thing, I'll perhaps pick up an Aggression in a GS size if I see it (otherwise just a Volant is what I want).

    thanks!

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    ...don't know anything about aggression snowboards.

    But I know that my Volant is made of steel - otherwise the magnetic poetry wouldn't stick to it.

    Only problem with my Volant is that it delams and it's not fixable - was fun to ride though...


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    Magnets will stick to yours? They don't to mine!

    I think generally stainless steel is not ferromagnetic (magnets won't stick).

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    ...may be I got the cheap version?! But I'm 100% sure that they stick... ...the board came with some bigger magnetic stickers on it when I bought it. But they didn't hold that well - I lost those before I had to retire the board.

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    Aggression became Volant. Both use a stainless steel topsheet.

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    Agression was bought / owned by volant - they got rid of the agression name around 95 or 96
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    Non magnetic

    Most Stainless steel (not all) is non magnetic, this is one of the more annoying things about my work on periscopes...can't use a magnet on the screws and the (scope) well loves to eat all that are dropped
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    same thing

    different years
    both blow apart, bend and delam

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    I blew up two non-metal-topsheet Aggressions, and second was replaced with a Volant-branded metal-topsheet board, which also delaminated. I got a total of 8 days out of all three boards.

    Volant no longer even tries to make snowboards.
    "Here's an idea to make the board better - lock and delete threads that turn into pissing matches."
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    What the hell are y'all doing to those things?

    I'm 220lbs (or so), and have ridden the hell out of my Volant; still chugging along.

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    Volant seems to be a hit-or-miss thing.

    Either you're lucky, or you're not. Admittedly, I've never owned a Volant board, but I fell in love with their skis 2 years ago. While I've managed to delam my first pair of volant skis after about 15 days of use, my SO (who puts significantly more stress on his gear) never had a problem.

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    Nothing unusual... I've only had one other board blow up that quickly, and that time the manufacturer's response to that one was "yeah, all of the boards in that batch are coming apart, we'll get you a new one ASAP." And the replacement held up just fine.

    Volant on the other hand just said "gosh, we've never heard of that happening to one of our boards," three times in a row. I gave away the last board they sent me...
    "Here's an idea to make the board better - lock and delete threads that turn into pissing matches."
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    Nice Avatar John!!

    Spoke to Mike briefly today. Sounds like you are enjoying your new Tinkler!!

    Any chance you would send some good photos for the "Tinkler Gallery" ?
    Thanks, Bryan


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