Originally Posted by johnb
And the time I rode the gondola, the operator loaded the skis, not me.
|This is NOT fraud, because I do NOT "know this is not their fault". I'm an engineer with many years of experience in the design of consumer products. I know very well that it is not uncommon for a company to choose to save a few pennies in product cost, even though they know that doing so will compromise or degrade the reliability of their product.|
So you've seen the topsheets of other skis, and related them to your Volkls? I find it hard to believe anyone would look at the 5 star/6 star topsheets as "cost saving materials."
Also, if you are an engineer, you should have nightmares about leaving your skis on the side of a bus. Its an awful place to leave a pair of skis, even if only for a short while.
FWIW, I'm a part time engineering student. I'm also a full time employee of a retail ski shop. I can assure you that carefully placing, or even violently shoving your skis into a ski rack will not cause a delamination. Occasionally, a manufacturers' defect will. Sometimes, massive user error can as well. A delamination at the tail of the ski is generally caused by people using the skis as walking sticks in parking lots.
I've "tested" many pair of skis to many different modes of failure. In normal use, there is an incredibly low chance of a ski falling apart or breaking. If it does, the vendor will generally replace it at no cost to you.