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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I've heard ofJ skis and it looks like they have great quality and many unique aspects and I was wondering what peoples thoughts were on the quality of the skis?
post #2 of 20
Is this legit or a troll?
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retracted
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by SamTreacy View Post

I've heard ofJ skis and it looks like they have great quality and many unique aspects and I was wondering what peoples thoughts were on the quality of the skis?

New company started by Jason Levinthal who started Line skis then sold the brand to K2. I am assuming the non compete clause he had is over so now he is staring ski company again. I have yet to see (or ski) a pair of these yet so I I cannot confirm not deny the quality question and I am not sure what you are referring to as unique aspects.

 

Disclaimer: If you ARE affiliated with the company in any way and this is why way you are trying to create some buzz, it is not the way to do it by asking "innocent questions", shame on you. Keep to the viral marketing that you are already doing on other social networks. 

post #5 of 20

Is the Quebec facility at Cowansville - the old Trak/Karhu/Line factory?

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Sorry Phil--but -don't you consider Epic ski to be a social network too. Tough to legislate or control the message to that degree. Even if he is the President of the company, it seems like like its his option to promote the company.Before you answer--bear in mind that Epic ski puts itself in advertising exchanges that engage in very sophisticated tracking and re-targeting of ads. I'm looking at it right now. Not just ad placement..but re-targeting; which some people get a little queasy about. Don't get me wrong.. I support it...but the point is as my father used to say--what's good for the goose is good for the gander. In other words...everybody has a right to make a buck..and in this day and age of electronic media ..it is very tough to know where the line is drawn. Just saying :-)

post #7 of 20
This person may be female, as in Samantha.
post #8 of 20
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Sorry Phil--but -don't you consider Epic ski to be a social network too. Tough to legislate or control the message to that degree. Even if he is the President of the company, it seems like like its his option to promote the company.Before you answer--bear in mind that Epic ski puts itself in advertising exchanges that engage in very sophisticated tracking and re-targeting of ads. I'm looking at it right now. Not just ad placement..but re-targeting; which some people get a little queasy about. Don't get me wrong.. I support it...but the point is as my father used to say--what's good for the goose is good for the gander. In other words...everybody has a right to make a buck..and in this day and age of electronic media ..it is very tough to know where the line is drawn. Just saying :-)

Its more about winning trust with the community. 

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by blitz View Post
 

Sorry Phil--but -don't you consider Epic ski to be a social network too. Tough to legislate or control the message to that degree. Even if he is the President of the company, it seems like like its his option to promote the company.Before you answer--bear in mind that Epic ski puts itself in advertising exchanges that engage in very sophisticated tracking and re-targeting of ads. I'm looking at it right now. Not just ad placement..but re-targeting; which some people get a little queasy about. Don't get me wrong.. I support it...but the point is as my father used to say--what's good for the goose is good for the gander. In other words...everybody has a right to make a buck..and in this day and age of electronic media ..it is very tough to know where the line is drawn. Just saying :-)

 

Absolutely we are social network. BUT If you are affiliated with the company, there is a better way to promote your product as compared to the way the question was asked, it is not different that having an alias as a sock puppet.  I hope I am wrong and very well I am but I have been around Epic and too many forums that this just smells funny. If I am wrong, I have no problem admitting that, that is why I answered the question initially. 

post #10 of 20

Sam's (as in Samantha) profile picture matches the pictures of her Facebook page and looks like she is a young ripper from Canada. So Sam, I am sorry that I thought you might be affiliated with the company and not giving you 100% benefit of the doubt.  Welcome to Epic and like I said about J Skis, it is a new company with a owner that knows how to build skis, but none were available to test late in the season so there is little information yet on how they ski. 

 

Thanks Sibhusky for finding her FB page, I did look and tried to compare e-mails but came up empty. 

post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies everyone! I am not affiliated with the brand in any way and I have a pair of Line skis that I really enjoy so I was wondering if the quality of J skis was good also
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by SamTreacy View Post

Thanks for the replies everyone! I am not affiliated with the brand in any way and I have a pair of Line skis that I really enjoy so I was wondering if the quality of J skis was good also

It is hard to say at this point. Lines have been made under K2's umbrella for the past 6-7 years (at least) , I am unsure of where Jason is making these skis now, be it in his garage like the olden days when he first started making Line or if he is commissioning another manufacture to make them to his specifications. I have met Jason and wish him all the best in this new endeavor but it is a tough time to start another brand is this crowded market. 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
...and this is why way you are trying to create some buzz, it is not the way to do it by asking "innocent questions", shame on you. Keep to the viral marketing that you are already doing on other social networks. 

Somehow I find this statement profoundly ironic...:rolleyes

 

Welcome to Epic, Sam. Apologies for the growls; we like our snow deep, our beers cold, and our viral marketing done in-house. Anyway, I talked to Jason years ago, seemed like a thoughtful guy who had the patience to personally deal with a gearhead potential customer. IMO we should give new indie brands the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. Especially if designed by a guy with a good track record; not talking 333 here. Seems as if he's doing a kind of constantly shifting very custom approach. BTW, here's the new company's site: http://jskis.com/products/first_ski and here's an interview over at Blister: http://blistergearreview.com/recommended/20-questions-jason-levinthal-j-skis Some other stuff on J skis is easily Google-able.


Edited by beyond - 6/16/14 at 8:47pm
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
...and this is why way you are trying to create some buzz, it is not the way to do it by asking "innocent questions", shame on you. Keep to the viral marketing that you are already doing on other social networks. 

Somehow I find this statement profoundly ironic...:rolleyes

 

Welcome to Epic, Sam. Apologies for the growls; we like our snow deep, our beers cold, and our viral marketing done in-house. Anyway, I talked to Jason years ago, seemed like a thoughtful guy who had the patience to personally deal with a gearhead potential customer. IMO we should give new indie brands the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. Especially if designed by a guy with a good track record; not talking 333 here. Seems as if he's doing a kind of constantly shifting very custom approach. BTW, here's the new company's site: http://jskis.com/products/first_ski and here's an interview over at Blister: http://blistergearreview.com/recommended/20-questions-jason-levinthal-j-skis Some other stuff on J skis is easily Google-able.

May I present you...passive aggressiveness at it's finest. 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

 

Disclaimer: If you ARE affiliated with the company in any way and this is why way you are trying to create some buzz, it is not the way to do it by asking "innocent questions", shame on you. Keep to the viral marketing that you are already doing on other social networks. 

 

Totally agree with this which is essentially what I'd posted on my retracted post.  However it seems Sam is legit and unfortunately just seems to have posted in a style which is used by so many product pimpers ("Hi new poster here I've just heard about this new and exciting brand XXX. Looks like their shit is really good, Check it out").

 

I assume the rest of the passive aggressiveness is around Phil and others promotion of a certain shop.  I'm pretty sure that the deals he does offer are killer and many people benefit and that the commercial arrangements between the shop and the site's owners are satisfactory to the site.  Heck it's not as though only Speciality Sports Venture retailers are featured post VR ownership.

post #16 of 20
Some guys I trust tried them out and found them to be pretty soft. Didn't bother trying them and focused on other skis that day. Definitely a jibby kid ski aimed at the teenager park scene.
post #17 of 20

Just ordered a pair of The Friend Powder ski from J skis. pretty excited for it to arrive early december!

post #18 of 20

Jason Levinthal is having his designs produced in the Utopie facility (http://www.utopiesnow.com/) in Quebec.  We have not been on their skis yet, but everyone we talk to is impressed with the quality of construction and finish of the skis coming out of the shop.  Several companies have their designs pressed by Utopie.  We hope to get on some different models from different companies pressed in Quebec this season.  Stay tuned...never a dull moment!

post #19 of 20
"Stay tuned...never a dull moment!"

Ha! Good one. I'll file that away under "waxing poetic while the iron is hot."
post #20 of 20

This is really interesting, and inspiring!   ;-)
 

 

Published on Jul 13, 2015

Jason Levinthal shares his view from the helm of his start-up ski company. He lives by the logic, "If I want to land a big jump, I'm going to drop in with as much speed as possible."

Jason Levinthal is the founder of J Skis. As a pioneer in the modern ski industry, Levinthal has instituted unique marketing and design practices within his field. In addition, Levinthal took home the bronze medal in The Winter X Games' first-ever skiing event in 1998.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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