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Has anyone gotten their hands/boots on J Skis?

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I saw them in the back of Powder Magazine, and was reminded that I'd noticed them last year at this time, too. Curious about the construction quality and also just general impressions.

 

http://jskis.com/collections/friend

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I have not -- but in general I've heard/seen good things.

 

Which is expected given the guy behind the brand--Jason Levinthal--is the same fellow who started Line skis and was responsible for bringing back the Flexon boot into production.

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I have not -- but in general I've heard/seen good things.

 

Which is expected given the guy behind the brand--Jason Levinthal--is the same fellow who started Line skis and was responsible for bringing back the Flexon boot into production.

 

Yup, his blurb both years has mentioned the Line thing. But he's also doing very small runs, which made me wonder about quality.

 

I am trying really hard to find a gap in my quiver so I can check these out ... but my quiver is pretty full.

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Did you know that the holding company that owns K2, which owns Line and Volkl, also own: Bicycle Playing Cards, Crock Pot, Billy Boy condoms, Coleman, Rawlings, Nuk baby products, Ball Jars, Pine Mountain fireplace logs, Quickie Mops, Spontex cleaning tools, and about 20 other companies? Ah, late capitalism. 

 

Put another way, I can see why Jason got out, and I'd be supportive of his skis, which apparently are sort of a combination of small run and custom. That is, each run is somewhat unique in design. 

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... But he's also doing very small runs, which made me wonder about quality...

 

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Put another way, I can see why Jason got out, and I'd be supportive of his skis, which apparently are sort of a combination of small run and custom. That is, each run is somewhat unique in design. 

 

As far as I can tell he only makes a couple of different ski shapes/layups -- the "runs" are mostly just different top-sheets I believe. Some get changes to flex/layup/camber pattern. Probably helps keep his mold costs down. I think he mentioned this on an interview somewhere? Blister?

 

No idea who is pressing and finishing them though. 

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As far as I can tell he only makes a couple of different ski shapes/layups -- the "runs" are mostly just different top-sheets I believe. Some get changes to flex/layup/camber pattern. Probably helps keep his mold costs down. I think he mentioned this on an interview somewhere? Blister?

 

No idea who is pressing and finishing them though. 

They are pressed and finished in Quebec.  I have not skied on a pair, but seen quite a few in person and know they are producing some skis for other brands as well:

 

http://jskis.com/blogs/its-just-skiing/10160581-building-the-best-ski-cores

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