So you are saying that HEAD makes the best skis?
Assume that the HEAD skies are actually not the best. They are maybe 0.5% worse than the leading brand, but HEAD wants to have their name on the TV screen when somebody wins a gold medal... So they Sponser and dish out some mad money for it.
Basically what I am asking is... Do the skiers pick their skis because they are the best? Or because HEAD has some really successful sponsoring? Or both?
"Mad money," yeah right...I wish
Monumentally silly first post, but actually aced by this one. Whiteroom wasn't saying Head makes "the best skis," and in any case the idea of a "best ski," or a ski that's ".05% worse" is nonsensical. Whiteroom was saying that athletes who spend their entire lives from early childhood aiming for the Olympics would not sacrifice that by choosing to be on mediocre skis for a marketing contract.
But that's trivial; your entire model is whack. There is no "leading brand" based on "better" or "worse." There are a number of solid brands, and then it's about the fit of the ski to the skier's technique and body, and the history of when and why the skier began to use a particular brand. This progressive fit, the development of a comfort zone, and the personal history of which coach tells which skier to try out brands X or Y rather than Z, begins long before any sponsoring is involved, typically by U12 when kids start to own two or more pairs, and brands begin to make their own models instead of using Fischer or Elan. Yep, later on brands will begin to offer steeper discounts, or in even fewer cases, limited amounts of free gear. But the teen athlete will not choose a brand they can't win with just because they can get a coupla pairs of skis from a rep. And at the upper reaches, skis tend to be personalized to a point where it's useless to talk about the same brand at the store you shop.
Weird what comes out of the woodwork when the Olympics are on...
Edit: The initial poll was what caught my eye, didn't bother with the entire thread, sorry for any redundancy or violation of drift. No doubt we're on fat skis vs carvers by now.
Edited by beyond - 2/12/14 at 11:06pm