After two years on the market, SkiLogik's handmade skis have proved to be a great success with consumers. The owners of the company, David and Mariella Mazzarella, moved their young family to Hainan Island, China, to set up a factory based on the best practices in manufacturing production and a strong ethic of "green" sustainability. It turns out that there are a lot of consumers who value David's SkiLogik both as a visionary company and for the innovative products in their lineup.
Or is it Mariella's exquisite top sheet designs that make anyone passing by want to stop for another look, to hold them, to examine the intricate details and mother-of-pearl accents, and feel how light and balanced they are?
While their sustainable manufacturing ethic differentiates them from the competition, their production method is similar to the other ski companies we talked to, where they make prototypes, get athletes on them for feedback, and go back to design for adjustments. David said that generally it takes three of these iterations to achieve a satisfactory product. One of the many singular features about SkiLogik skis is regardless of length all skis of a given model are designed to make the same turn radius. Another innovation for 2013 is a unique proprietary "top edge" to protect the top sheets from damage.
For 2013 SkiLogik offers 18 models in 7 categories: in the Backcountry category we took a close look at the Yeti, which uses the proprietary Vector 8 carbon fiber construction -- which means the carbon fibers are arranged so that they radiate in 8 directions to give the ski torsional rigidity without adding weight. (All SkiLogik skis have some form of the Vector 8 in different combinations of carbon/fiber and /fiberglass.)
The Spinster is their new park ski with most of the weight in the middle of the ski and Vector 8 in the tips and tails which makes it "spin." They claim it has the lowest swing weight of any ski in its class on the market. It also has their proprietary "Railroad Edge" which is a super wide bottom edge for durability.
For powder there's the Powderball, a 114mm in the waist twin with a big tip rocker, progressive sidecut (more sidecut in the tip than the tail), and soft flex that "makes the day" for all levels of skiers in deep snow. Sporting way cool Norwegian cave graphics, these skis are a great choice for a second ski in a growing quiver.
The Ullr's Chariot RL has been redesigned for 2013 with adjusted flex.
The 101mm waist makes it a great all-around ski for the western mountains, with a 15m turn radius. When viewed from the side, the bases are in full contact from the tails to the shovel with a rockered tip.
The flat tail enables the skier to get full engagement of the edge for confidence on hard snow while the rocketed tip gives optimal performance in soft snow. This "race ski" ride in a rockered ski is what is meant by "Rocker Logik."
Oh yeah -- they make snowboards now too: