Originally Posted by warematt
Does this suggest that a top tier racer couldn't get skis unless there was a distributor in that country? I bet Volkl would have been willing to agree to send them, wouldn't you?
I'm sure you are right about the lack of US distributorship at that point, but I don't think that means yes or no positively...
ummmm.... the question was why volkl would make skis for someone without their graphics on them.
being they had no us distributor to file a conflict suit against them, they were free to do as they like, as they wouldn't be competing against themselves by manufacturing these skis for an american competitor/company. they could only gain in temrs of r&D, which they did, as the skis phil won on were the precursors of the wildly successful P-9 series.
again, for the hard-of-reading, I visited the factory, more than once. they proudly display photos of phil holding the skis. herr jockl himself has no problem proudly recounting the fact that phil won on his skis.
you guys can piss and moan all you want, but it's pretty much accepted fact.
again, volkl, more than any other manufacturer, has been in the surrogate ski-snowboard business for some time, and contract-prototype product is still a big part of their business. again, i also did product testing on their first alpine snowboards, which were all manufactured in their factory for sims snowboards, whose topsheets were piled on a table inside.
anyone not familiar with this R&D dynamic of manufacturers being contracted to produce race product for other companies is merely naive to the race-equipment world.
again, K2 simply lacked the lamination presses and the quality of wood, and the patented lathes of volkl gmbh.
they needed a gold-medal ski in order to justify the cost of better manufacturing equipment, such as lamination presses, etc.
K2 is NOT an old company, and, hence, needed a nudge, which volkl, replete without US distributorships and trade contracts, was able to provide.
their legendary, proprietary lumber didn't hurt, either.
why are so many folks, here, resisting the relatively banal, albeit well-known, fact of volkl's ski being topsheeted, under contract, by K2?
not 'zackly breaking news, either way.