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diffeent topsheets over seas on same model skis

post #1 of 10
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I didn't realize that some skis have different top sheets in Europe vs the US and/or perhaps I wonder if in other places too?

I wonder if this is common.

One ski in specific I noticed was the rossi experience 77 and 80 also.  The 14/15 and the 15/16 versions of the skis are the same ski in the US except for different tops sheets.  But what I found was that this years (15/16) topsheet here in the US is what last years topsheet was in Europe. I've only noticed this by accident while searching for skis on-line and of course sometimes over seas shops pop up.

 

But I wonder if this is quite normal for other brands. I also wonder if sometimes perhaps the skis may even be different too even though same models. This is not the case with the rossi model skis I mention as they are the same ski regardless of topsheet. But I wonder if some skis perhaps are both a different in topsheet as well as also slightly different in construction even though same model and same year.

 

Is it common practice to have different sheets in the US vs other markets? and is it ever a different construction? Just something that sparked some curiosity. 

post #2 of 10
I've noticed that a lot when someone comes on the forum and says, What ski is this?
post #3 of 10

Large chain stores that sell skis and buy in volume will often have their own unique model, not with their name on them, but just a different model than their competitor is selling, except that their ski and the competitor's ski are the same under the skin. It helps them to not have to price match the competition. This is mostly done with lower end skis.

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

Large chain stores that sell skis and buy in volume will often have their own unique model, not with their name on them, but just a different model than their competitor is selling, except that their ski and the competitor's ski are the same under the skin. It helps them to not have to price match the competition. This is mostly done with lower end skis.

this has been a common thing pertaining to many items (not just skis) and big box stores through the years. Sometimes its the same item with a different look and other times its  a similar look but not the same model. Sometimes the differences are far apart quality wise and other times so very subtle and a different model number and only done so as to claim independent pricing as you say.

 

In the case with this Rossi experience of course this as we know is not a low end cheap ski. But when I notice this years (U.S) graphics on last years model from the (UK) I thought perhaps different skins are used in different areas for other skis and manufacturers as well even though the ski itself is of identical construction such as the case with this rossi.


Edited by rollin - 12/23/15 at 1:54pm
post #5 of 10

The more interesting question is - which cosmetics are on the pre-production models supplied to industry buyers for demo? 

post #6 of 10
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This is even more strange now. As I view the Rossi website the experience 80 is now actually the "Red/Black". It changed just this week. All in all, last or this year regardless of colors is the same ski. But still just a bit strange.

post #7 of 10

Yes there is often different top sheets for regions, but I would also be cautious of thinking too deeply into an image used by a retailer on a website. They might be calling this years ski last years model in order to not follow MAP pricing rules, or they might have a hard time finding last years image so simply used the images supplied for this years ski... or Europe got different graphics. 

post #8 of 10
I've received skis from Backcountry that were not the ones pictured, were actually prior year from the picture (and therefore not the deal I thought). Returned on principle.
post #9 of 10
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I havnt really come across a vender not advertising the model year. At least not from anyone reputable. Sure pictures don't always match items but as for skis I've seen during my recent quest its pretty accurate. However it can get tricky when sometimes the same ski comes in different versions. Same name but they leave out a secondary number or letter.

post #10 of 10
Sometimes even some skis made by different manufacturers are the same.
For example Rossignol Hero Master is the same exact ski as Dynastar World Cup Premium (though, given, Rossi owns Dynastar).

But since the difference in price was significant, I managed to save about €200 by going for the Dynastar.
It just so happened that i prefered the topsheet design of the Dynastar.

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