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HEAD and Volkl... which is American?

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HEAD (by the way, the pioneer of laminated skis) was of course a long-time American company, but has since been acquired by a holdings firm in the Netherlands.  Volkl, on the other hand, is based in Germany, but owned by K2's parent company.

 

 

OK, so which (if either) is considered the American ski?   (I'm assuming HEAD skis are still designed and manufactured in the USA?)

 

 

If not, is K2 the only truly-american ski brand left??? (I'm leaving out smaller companies like Line, Icelantic, BRO, ON3NP, etc)

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I <3 HEAD

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K2? What do you mean "truly-ameriacan"? K2 Skis are labeled "Made in China" as well as many other brands. Only small ski companies can be called as "truly-american". 4example: Hart, Icelantic etc


Edited by red freeskier - 7/28/11 at 5:54am
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Nothing American about Head except the name. Austrian company quoted in the Netherlands with skis made, probably, in Asia, Eastern Europe and in Austria itself. I don't think Head has been anything but a European company for years and years.

Volkl is owned by the same company as K2, so make of that what you will. Absolutely no mass-market skis, boots, bindings or anything made in the US.

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It's been a while since K2 manufactured skis in this country (Vashon Island, WA to be specific).  However, their R & D and prototypes are still done in Seattle as far as I know and they are still headquartered in Seattle. 

 

They also have the following brands (per their website K2Sports.com) : Ride, Morrow, 5150  Line, Full Tilt, Madshus (XC),  Tubbs Snowshoes, Atlas Snowshoes,   Powderidge Snowshoes, Liltle Bear Showshoes, along with their inline skates. 

 

per wikipedia

"On August 9, 2007, Jarden acquired K2 Inc for US$ 1.2 Billion. K2 has brands such as Adio, ExOfficio, JT Sports, Marker, Marmot, Penn, Rawlings, Ride, Sevylor, Shakespeare, Stearns, Völkl, Worth and Miken Sports under its umbrella.......Jarden is controlled by Martin Franklin, a British investor and triathlete."

 

It gets really blurry, doesn't it.  Pretty much like most other products and industries these days. 

 

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Nothing American about Head except the name. Austrian company quoted in the Netherlands with skis made, probably, in Asia, Eastern Europe and in Austria itself. I don't think Head has been anything but a European company for years and years.


I'm almost positive all of Head's skis, boots and bindings are manufactured in Austria.  Certainly all of there middle to high end stuff is. 

 

The only American made skis you can find these days are small manufacturers.  Icelantic and Moment are two of the bigger ones.

 

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K2? What do you mean "truly-ameriacan"? K2 Skis are labeled "Made in China" as well as many other brands. Only small ski companies can be called as "truly-american". 4example: Hart, Icelantic etc



Hart: Only two of their skis are built here, the rest in China and Italy. I believe Goode is making all of their skis here now, but where is their carbon fiber sourced from?

 

The question becomes, be it ANY product in this global economy...Does the country of origin really matter any more? Is it where the product is assembled or where the componants come from?

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Jarden is controlled by Martin Franklin, a British investor and triathlete."

 

 


   Avid skier and family man, lives in NYC.

 

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Hart: Only two of their skis are built here, the rest in China and Italy. I believe Goode is making all of their skis here now, but where is their carbon fiber sourced from?

 

The question becomes, be it ANY product in this global economy...Does the country of origin really matter any more? Is it where the product is assembled or where the componants come from?




There you go, Phil.  The titinal, steel edges and bases are likely manufactured in Europe, the bamboo cores might come from Asia, poplar and other cores possibly from the USA, the tops can come from anywhere, the resins (glue) and the containers they come in come from many countries, etc.  There are USA owned ski manufacturers, and it is doubtful they build a ski that uses 100% of the components sourced from the USA.

 

The economy is indeed global.  The proof of this was the last market crash (due to the liquidity crisis) that crushed almost all global stock markets.  The other proof comes from the New Zealand ski instructor who taught my kids last winter in a USA resort owned by a Canadian hedge fund, using Swiss skis, poles made in China, boots manufactured in Italy (I think Langes are made Montebelluna), riding in a ski lift manufactured in Austria, wearing a jacket manufactured in Vietnam, etc.

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per wikipedia

"On August 9, 2007, Jarden acquired K2 Inc for US$ 1.2 Billion. K2 has brands such as Adio, ExOfficio, JT Sports, Marker, Marmot, Penn, Rawlings, Ride, Sevylor, Shakespeare, Stearns, Völkl, Worth and Miken Sports under its umbrella.......Jarden is controlled by Martin Franklin, a British investor and triathlete."



 

Jarden also makes Diamond matches.  I think of my beloved Volkls every time I fire up the BBQ over the summer.

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