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Who used to make the best skis?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
There have been a few posts about who makes the best skis. I was wondering what everyone's thoughts are about which FORMER companies made the best skis, and why? Not to be compared with todays companies.
post #2 of 12
There were lots of good skis back in the 60's and 70's. For we "domestics", it was like Ford vs. Chevy ..... you had Heads or you had Harts. Then came the Euros with the red and white stars and roosters and things heated up a bit.

But my old Heads never delaminated like those damned light K 2's did. They were built like tanks. They didn't shed glass to reveal the secret of the "honeycomb" core. And I still have two pair of them out in the garage .... just in case? :
post #3 of 12
Hail Gustavo and his bright orange Siderals!
post #4 of 12
Olin's MARK series were very good and popular in their day. The MArk IV and Comp IV were some of the best selling skis ever. I still liked the simplicity of the graphics.

Pre, early on, offered some nice skis, the origional 1200 and 1200 SP both were very good skis. Race ski performance for non racers.

The Ski.. well the mystique is there for one of teh most ceveted skis of all time.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Do they still make RD skis? I remember seeing a lot of people on the Coyote back in the late 80's.
post #6 of 12
Had many good years on Dynastar's coup de monde , course SL from the chicken heart model and on . Untill I met Volkl
post #7 of 12
Another improperly worded question.

At one time there was only one guy who produced skis somewhere in Norway. Since he had no competition, he therefore made the best (only) skis.
post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally posted by truckman:
Do they still make RD skis? I remember seeing a lot of people on the Coyote back in the late 80's.
Hard to beat their woman's ski that they called the 'bad bitch'. No idea what the ski was like but always loved the name.

[ March 30, 2003, 11:31 AM: Message edited by: L7 ]
post #9 of 12
Phil,

I still see those Olins showing up.
post #10 of 12
Dynastar made (and I believe still do) some awesome race skis. Even the consumer ones were better than most.

YA
post #11 of 12
This is an oversimplification, but in the 1960's the mainstream American skis were Head Standards, Vectors, and Vector Competitions, but not many racers used them, racers were mostly on Kastle or Kneissl both wood and metal. Atomic was marketing as Rohrmoser, Rossignol had a model called the Coutet, and Ehrbacher, Sohler and others had a toehold on the race scene too. The late 60's saw the Kastle Fiberplast and Toni Sailer "Fiberglaski". In the '70s the Dynamic VR17 and Rossi Strato took over. Killy was on the VR's but I also saw him on Dynastar MV2 Equipes. Volkl started with the Zebras and Tigers around then and Spalding had the Sideral and Formidable made by someone in Italy all of which had success in racing. When K2 started up a lot of the US team was using them. I'm not really all that old but I just was a gearhead from a real young age.
post #12 of 12
In the mid 60's Head Competition GS skis were beautiful, so much better than the wood skis I had been on that skiing on them seemed like cheating. They were beautifully made, had a dampening layer of rubber between two topsheets of alumninum. These skis were far more supple than the wooden Kastles, Kneissls and Rossignols they supplanted. They could flex to absorb terrain and bend underfoot to turn. They were especially good powder skis for the day.I had several pair but the last pair delaminated beneath the binding and it became obvious the Head ski company was no longer what it had been.
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