Originally Posted by nolo
Point taken, Noodler. This forum is not my usual haunt. There was a good buzz about these skis at SIA and obviously I was quite taken with their looks. I didn't do the ski test so can't comment on their performance, but its website states:
"Realskiers.com, which accepts no advertising revenues, awarded Ski Logik its coveted Overall Ski of the Year award, placing Ski Logik in first place in performance out of 286 skis reviewed." It's not clear which model they're talking about.
David and Mariella Mazzarella have offered to create an EpicSki for us. Do you think we'll have many entries in that contest?
Comment on Real Skiers: IMO useful place for new skiers to intermediates, fairly sensible about skis that will work for same demographic. But scarcely objective about some brands, although I can't tell whether it's from very small enthusiatic test samples (their scores for Stocklis can get silly high, as they did for the original SS's) or HH contingent's adoration of 1) narrower carvers and 2) Anything made by Head.
You may also have noticed that they give lower scores to fatter skis, regardless of how highly regarded they are elsewhere, apparently because in their minds, fat skis simply cannot do the things a midfat does as well, even if it's be relaxing or slide turns (notice they don't score categories like float). So when they give Ski Logik a "Ski of the Year" award, I'm thinking first that either it really does do everything a superb midfat can do, but also floats (possible) or they're kinda naive about the whole indie scene. I notice that they tend to include one popular "real" indie a season (this year Armada, I think maybe 4-FRNT a while ago), but mainly for that slot favor several upper niche botiques (Anton, Sterling, and now Ski Logik) that make exotics. Then I get curious why they haven't tested any of Ski Logik's more popular competitors, like Folsom or Wagner that make fully custom skis to your specs, including your own topsheet art, or Prior, that makes set designs but you can supply topsheet art, to some very popular indies like PM Gear or Moment or Movement that have big followings regionally and spend a lot of effort at cutting edge design and tech. Some of these indie brands do decently at the Olympics, incidentally, so maybe not just my deviant take on their performance.
Then I'd like to know a lot more about who actually tested it (sample size, location in the country, skis carried by the shop in the likely case the tester owns/runs a shop) before I go assume they are The Second Coming. More likely they're nice skis that don't place a lot of demands on the skier, and have inlay that may or may not appeal. BTW, you want serious inlay by serious artists? Go check out some drawing room tables at Versailles or some 18th C. Japanese lacquer boxes. But hey, if my best drawing of a face still looks about like it did at age 6, then someone who can get a nose, mouth, and eyes in approximately the right place must make it worthwhile to pay extra, huh? Works for Rossi, as long as the faces have big eyes...