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How many are there?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
No this isn't another poll or top ten question. I am bored I guess. I was just thinking after reading some in the Gear Forum, I was just amazed thinking about how many Ski manufacturers there out there and how many different models there are that total one hell of alot of skis.

Anybody have an idea?

Do we really need so many choices?
post #2 of 23
I'd just like to see one pair with some decent graphics on them. Why are they made to be so fugly?
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bonni
I'd just like to see one pair with some decent graphics on them. Why are they made to be so fugly?
Define "decent graphics". I think some manufactures, such as Dynastar, have gotten this hint and are making better looking skis. Of course, this is in the eye of the beholder.
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bonni
I'd just like to see one pair with some decent graphics on them. Why are they made to be so fugly?
Yeah, it makes no sense! The boarders, who dress ugly get these beautiful graphics, and we get these plain skis. I want Mucha or Maxfield Parrish graphics!
Okay, I'm a bunny!
post #5 of 23
Had to google that artist. Although the work is nice, do you really want that on your boards? I don't think the kids and boarders would like that too much. Remember, they're buying slit throats!
post #6 of 23
I did a thread a bit ago..Manufacturers that have gone by the wayside. We have lost many more than there are that are still around.
post #7 of 23
a guess would be around 400-450?
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Yeah, it makes no sense! The boarders, who dress ugly get these beautiful graphics, and we get these plain skis. I want Mucha or Maxfield Parrish graphics!
I want a pair like this:

http://www.snowboardermag.com/news/s...ells_board.jpg

: : :
post #9 of 23

Gotta luv 'em

Bonni, Here's the ski I'm going to be sporting this season. I think she's purty cute.

post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Define "decent graphics". I think some manufactures, such as Dynastar, have gotten this hint and are making better looking skis. Of course, this is in the eye of the beholder.
Wow I thought Dynastar's were kind of plain looking. I happen to like my Volkl AX3's.

See everybody's different.
post #11 of 23
As my first boss used to say, "that's why they make 31 flavors"......
post #12 of 23
There are probably a whole lot more manufacturers out there than you think, especially the new start up companies. You're not likely to run into DB, Iggie, G3 or Zag skis in your local shop, but they're out there if you look for them. There are other smaller custom outfits that will make you exactly what you want - which is a good thing.

Do we really need so many? I doubt my ski selections overlap too terribly much with anyone else on this board. I need 103's. I don't really need SUV 14's. Choice is good.

Graphics? I can't imagine that you can't find what you want if you look. It's hard to imagine a bigger difference than from Seth Pistols to 6 stars to Beasts to Surreals...
post #13 of 23
There seems to be a bunch of new manufactures in the last few years. Small companies making a go of it. Working hard to make thier dreams come to life. My hat is off to all of them for thier courage and dedication. Line skis might be the most sucessful of these newer companies. There is also 4FRNT, AK, Armada, DB, Dynamic (a back to life ski company) The new ski by The maggots called the Bro,Then there is Ryans top pick for ski of the year The Odyssey. I'm sure that there are others out there.
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
Mind boggling to say the least. Rossignol markets 19 different skis for men and at least 10 for women. That doesn't include any of their tele skis or junior skis.

I'm sure K2 has just as many if not more. Now include Atomic which definitly has more different models than K2, Dynastar, Blizzard, Volkl, Solomon, Volant, Nordica and the countless other brands add up to one hell of a confusing selection.

You could demo a different pair of skis every day you skied for the next two years and probably not ski them all. Different strokes for different folks I suppose, but why so many?

I get a kick out of listenening to the sales pitchs of shop employees trying to describe the different skis, this one would be better for you, that ones too stiff for you, how the hell do they know? Have they skied every freakin ski in there? I doubt it.

I think ski manufacturers should eliminate half their crap and concentrate on refining and improving on a few proven models instead of making all these junk skis.
People still need to realize that it's not the ski that makes them a better skier, it's lessons and on the snow experience.

This might help keep retail costs down more importantly.
post #15 of 23
Lars, Your being vary unproductive here. The gear police are starting a file on you. You had better get with the program or someday you might be skiing in those famed trees at Steamboat and you will never come out. They are already thinking of bannning you from posting in the gear forum. I might be in trouble for warning you.
Look at it this way. If we didn't have all those skis we wouldn't have year end bargin sales. What would the ski swap hacks sell to the unsuspecting public?
Besides Everyone now knows that you have to have one ski at least 105mm underfoot to Alta and another thats only 95mm underfoot for Snowbird becuse the Bird get 5" less snow in a season. Making people think they can be better skiers by spending more money on gear is the American way. It's good for the economy. raises self esteam, makes you a better man and chicks dig guys with nice shinny new skis. If they are fat twin tips then you must be one h*ll of a great skier. remember "It's better to look good then be good." The only thing worse is not drinking the right beer
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ullr
If you want a narrow board for smaller feet you get the olsen twins
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 
Damn now i've done it. Utah49, you have me worried now. It's going to be tuff skiing and looking over my shoulder. However, I have been known to drinkat the bar and look over my shoulder.

Good post, ihave a suspicion that you feel the same way about the topic.

Skierj, I would loveskiing with the Olsen twinns under me. Or any think thing else for that matter.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Yeah, it makes no sense! The boarders, who dress ugly get these beautiful graphics, and we get these plain skis. I want Mucha or Maxfield Parrish graphics!
Okay, I'm a bunny!
LM has made my point. There's Naked Women on snowboards. We get nolo's dayglo yellow swirly 60's mindblowing surferstyle.........whatever. (no offense, nolo, but I don't like yellow...it makes me anxious...do they have that in green?)

My skis are so ugly I don't like to look at them. They were the ski to buy at the time, and they are GREAT skis, but they look better with snow on them. They're a dull BROWN and light BLUE. BOOOOring! No one will ever steal these.

I look at new skis all the time. Who knows what this one does, and that one does (specifically) unless you spend HOURS poring over dry reviews (most of which are meaningless to me, the dull level 7 with powder handicap). Most of those are not written for people like me. Lars is right....what the hell does the salesman know? He hasn't skied them, and he isn't me. Half the time they just want a sale.

Even then, WHY should you have to spend hours reading to get the best buy? For most of us, it's not rocket science. I'll bet you most skiers spend more time reading ski gear reviews than they do research when buying a new car.:
post #19 of 23
Bonnie, your wrong it isn't 1/2 the time they want a sale it's 100% of the time
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by nolo
Bonni, Here's the ski I'm going to be sporting this season. I think she's purty cute.

come on everyone sing along now

Hunka Hunka Burnin Luv!:
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by nolo
Bonni, Here's the ski I'm going to be sporting this season. I think she's purty cute.

I LUV that ski!!!!!! Going to buy lots and lots of raffles at ESA this year!
post #22 of 23
Don't like your graphics? Get someone to paint some you do like. There are all kinds of artistic youngsters around, maybe at your local college art department. All you need is to find a good paint and then cover it with one of those clear protective sheets. I have a friend who began adulthood (?) as a commercial artist and a ski patroller and has painted tops of skis for a good many of his buddies.
post #23 of 23
Kneale Browson could you find out what type of paint your friend is useing to paint skis? I have tried a couple of diffrent paints yet none have the flex to really hold up for vary long.
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