Slalom racing skis on the boots of a good racer rarely seem to last through a season. Delams and split tips seem as common as cold toes on a sub-zero morning waiting for the timing crew to get their ALGE together (or substitute another four letter word) so the race can start. I know of racers who have gone through 3-4 pair a season the last two years. Slalom skis do take an awful beating - several days of training during the week and racing on the weekend takes it toll.
The question is, do the warranty replacement skis come from regular stock, manufacturing seconds/quality rejects, a combination of both, or some other pool of skis?
I am sure practices may vary from Atomic to Volkl to Rossignol to Fischer, etc. Just wondering if anyone has the inside scoop on this.