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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

 Whatever I ski currently .  Why are we even having this silly discussion? 
 



Because newbies like me want to nail it down right the first time!

 

Although I am so damn hooked I may just start a collection as I can afford them!

 

I'm eyeing the:

 

Volkl Unlimited AC 20

 

Atomic Smoke Ti

 

Rossignol Avenger 74 Carbon

 

Dynastar Contact Groove

 

and a few others!

 

I already have the Salomon XW Storm skis but the Salomon X-Wing 8 looks DELICIOUS, especially as a match with my boots!


Edited by twochordcool - 3/27/11 at 1:10pm
post #32 of 63
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Originally Posted by Eric S View Post

Fischer, ya definitly Fischer, definitly! BTW, did anyone notice the 6 year bump was the posters first post.



WHAT DIDNT HE READ THE SEARCH FUNCTION DIRECTIONS!!!!! HOW DARE HE!!!

Fishers hahahaha

 

post #33 of 63

Picking a "best" ski is like picking a "best" vehicle or a "best" camera.  90% of it comes down to personal preference.  I have skied K2, Rossignol, Salomon, Volant, Kneissl, Dynastar, and Atomic, and none of them were terrible skis.  That said, I keep coming back to the K2s.  Some people have them on their worst list, but I just love the way they ski.

post #34 of 63

Always liked Volkl, haven't been disappointed with any of their ski's. With other companies it's a different story. All the ski companies out there make really good products and it's down to preference, I love how Volkl's ski. That being said I'm looking at buying a new pair of ski's and highly considering some other companies because they all make good products.

post #35 of 63

Lund or Northland-hands down. Anything since is crap!!! Blown edge? no problem, just unscrew the broken section and screw another in......

post #36 of 63

A better question might be what type of core performs best to suit my needs i.e., wood, wood & titanium, foam, carbon

 

Wood cores are good for rentals.(tough not to expensive)

 

wood titanium for rebound energy

post #37 of 63
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Originally Posted by Powder Jet View Post

A better question might be what type of core performs best to suit my needs i.e., wood, wood & titanium, foam, carbon

 

Wood cores are good for rentals.(tough not to expensive)

 

wood titanium for rebound energy


There's more than one type of wood, and they have different characteristics. Titanal is not necessarily your best solution for rebound. There's more to look at than just the material itself

 

post #38 of 63

Let's see, what was I skiing on in 2003. 

 

Olin Selkirks and Dynastar PowerCarv 4x4

 

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post #39 of 63

Some manufactures are known for one ski model. Some are known for a series of skis. But if you consider all models, all categories, both genders, adults and kids, hands down K2 makes some of the best. Especially if you ski in the USA.

 

K2 is known for skis in every category and is a leader in rocker technolgy. But a close second would be Rossignol, Atomic and Salomon. That's not to say other manufactures don't make good skis. But if you look at all segments, K2 definetly has my vote.

post #40 of 63
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Originally Posted by Alpine Rick View Post

Some manufactures are known for one ski model. Some are known for a series of skis. But if you consider all models, all categories, both genders, adults and kids, hands down K2 makes some of the best. Especially if you ski in the USA.

 

K2 is known for skis in every category and is a leader in rocker technolgy. But a close second would be Rossignol, Atomic and Salomon. That's not to say other manufactures don't make good skis. But if you look at all segments, K2 definetly has my vote.


...Assuming you don't race?


 

 

post #41 of 63

What's interesting about this thread is that it's 8 years old and has generated a total of 41 replies. A thread asking, "Should I wear a helmet?" gets that many replies in 5 minutes. 

post #42 of 63

Ain't that the truth!

post #43 of 63
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Originally Posted by Alpine Rick View Post

Some manufactures are known for one ski model. Some are known for a series of skis. But if you consider all models, all categories, both genders, adults and kids, hands down K2 makes some of the best. Especially if you ski in the USA.

 

K2 is known for skis in every category and is a leader in rocker technolgy. But a close second would be Rossignol, Atomic and Salomon. That's not to say other manufactures don't make good skis. But if you look at all segments, K2 definetly has my vote.


Slapping rocker on everything doesn't make you a leader. K2 has some excellent ski's that fill roles. I do believe there are much better ski's out there that fill the same roles.

 

post #44 of 63
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...Assuming you don't race?


 

 



There's not a ton of innovation going on in racing, and in many eyes it's not the pinnacle of skiing anymore. Unfortunately it seems to be that companies need to keep coming up with gimmicks to sell frontside and race ski's. Obviously they are limited in the shapes they can use when it comes to racing.

 

 

post #45 of 63
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Who makes the best skis?

Given that this thread started in 2003, does debner still post here, or at least still snoops this forum?

And do Yuki, oboe, PhysicsMan, and Utah49 still post here?  I'm surprised Gonzostrike (or UncleCrud as he was later called) didn't weigh in on the discussion.

 

As for who makes the best skis... I've never skied or demoed a Volkl that disappointed me.

post #46 of 63
2003? K2 modx pros or maybe Seth Pistols. Whatever I had, they were the best.
post #47 of 63
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post
Unfortunately it seems to be that companies need to keep coming up with gimmicks to sell frontside and race ski's. Obviously they are limited in the shapes they can use when it comes to racing.


Pretty much my stance until out of curiosity I tried a mildly rockered 78 mm carver (BMX78). Not exactly my cuppa tea, but surprising performance in traditional venues (groomers, bumps on same, hardpack, light crud) and better than any 78 mm ski has a right to be in trees, deeper chop. So maybe not for hard chargers, but not a gimmick either IMO. In a decade, all non-race skis will have what we call rocker, doubt it'll even have a name anymore. 

 

post #48 of 63

Dont know about the best, but am impressed with Ski Logik

post #49 of 63

How about we extend this question what brands are best for what uses and WHY. Why is Head amazing or K2 shitty for skis with similar dimensions and construction? The more I learn about different skis, the less brand loyalty I have and the more I just care about the design. There's way too many skis I haven't tried to feel I could comfortably say that for a given basic design one brand is better than another in most cases.


 

post #50 of 63

The large manufacturers are all doing a good job right now, and every year their lines become more consistent.  The fact is anyone can make a good race ski (Bode won on five different brands), and anyone can make a good powder ski.    The issue is getting a ski to do more than one thing well, and the manufacturers are always getting better at it.  So the difference at some point will be quality, price and perception of the product.  Some manufacturers will always use better materials, and some certainly have better quality control, but the difference may not be that noticable.

 

The rocker revolution gave the advantage to the manufacturers who adopted the technology early (including the independents).  But now everyone gets the idea, and everyone will continue to copy each other.   There is no "best" manufacturer.

post #51 of 63
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Originally Posted by Alpine Rick View Post

Some manufactures are known for one ski model. Some are known for a series of skis. But if you consider all models, all categories, both genders, adults and kids, hands down K2 makes some of the best. Especially if you ski in the USA.

 

K2 is known for skis in every category and is a leader in rocker technolgy. But a close second would be Rossignol, Atomic and Salomon. That's not to say other manufactures don't make good skis. But if you look at all segments, K2 definetly has my vote.


Most manufactures make good skis, except K2; they make limp whimpy noodles.biggrin.gif

 

Seriously though, I'm still of the opinion that it doesn't matter what brand so much as what model.  If you stick to their top of the line skis, designed for the condtitions and way you ski, they are all pretty good.  That being said, k2 seems to do better at soft snow skis where as I find Atomic, Völkl, and Fischer outshine them in the hard snow skis.

 

There is definately a difference in feel and personal preference and personal goals will determine your favourites. 

 

 

 

post #52 of 63

It really depends. If you want handcrafted American skis that are very high quality, Moment, ON3P are just some examples. But brands like Line, K2, Rossingol and other large brands tend to have cheaper skis that can preform just as well. K2/Line manufacture in China, and I don't know about you, but made in China just feels cheap. I have a pair of future spins and they work great and can take a beating. It really depends on how much money your willing to shell out and what form of skiing your into.

post #53 of 63

The best ski brand is what makes you happiest. All other discussion is wasted commentary.

 

Talk about reviving a dead thread...

post #54 of 63

line because they are more funner

post #55 of 63

Fischer C4. For a long time very competitive.

post #56 of 63
It just keeps coming at us, Zombie Thread. Next up: What's the best color?
post #57 of 63
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It just keeps coming at us, Zombie Thread. Next up: What's the best color?

Who's your favorite publicly traded resort operator?
post #58 of 63
What's the best color to match my outfits
post #59 of 63

Light blue helmet, green and gray jacket, black pants, tan gloves, orange and black boots, poles with green handles and yellow baskets, red skis. Can't remember what color the bindings are. No hope for me. 

post #60 of 63

Light blue helmet, green and gray jacket, black pants, tan gloves, orange and black boots, poles with green handles and yellow baskets, red skis. Can't remember what color the bindings are. No hope for me. 

And I have no idea why it posted twice.

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