This subject has come up quite a bit in recent threads... How well tuned are new skis that come straight out of the factory?
I've been lucky enough to have skied a lot of new skis from different manufacturers over the last few years. I've experienced enough "interesting" performance from those new skis to have eventually come to the conclusion that - for me - a full tune from a good shop is just part of the ski purchase process. I don't ski new skis anymore without having my favorite shop make sure they're flat, waxed, and beveled the way I like them. (Yes, I could/should do it myself, but I'm too lazy. My bad.)
Anyway, this has almost nothing to do with brand. I've talked to enough shop guys to believe that skis from every manufacturer come from the factory with things that can or should be corrected.
I do understand that many new-ski buyers will look on this as an incredibly annoying idea. Why in the world should I have to spend MORE money making sure brand new skis are set up for optimum performance?
Nevertheless, it's what I do. I know from asking around that most of the people I know who ski a lot do the same thing.
How about you?