Originally Posted by rockyk2
I will respectfully disagree with you. While I will admit The Ski was never one of the highest skis ranked in durability, they are no where near the worst ski ever made. I still take out an (almost) 35 year old pair every year and have fun on them, I can't say that about too many skis from the mid 70's.
Originally Posted by RayCantu
There was a ski a while ago called PRE which I found to be the worst ski I ever skied, except for a pair of skis tuned by a friend of mine. I was afraid to ski to the bottom of the hill because of the fear of getting hurt. I walked to a lift, went to the top and went down on the gondola. Back to the PRE. In one magazine it was rated the worst ski of the season.
PRE did market, I say market, because PRE never made thier own skis, they marketed skis built by other manufactures under the PRE (short for PRECISION) name some poor skis. The early PRE skis, the "hundred series", 800, 1000, 1200, 1200SP and 1600GSP were very nice skis. These were actually built by K2. Later PRE did start getting skis from the Head factory some models that come to mind The Premier and the M6, these I was never a fan of. I skied and actually still have (somewhere) a pair of 1200SP's that were some real beefy skis and had a hand signed "race flex"sticker with a race flex in the low 20's, VO Slaloms ran from 22-26, so these were stiffer than a 712 of the day and along the lines of a softer VO, pretty good company.
In later years the PRE name was bastardized and did market some pretty serious crap, but don't let those crap skis deminish the fact that they did offer some very fine product in their early years.
For the (one) worst ski ever made, I still will stand by my pick of the Elan Stealth
. There were many skis produced over the years that were lousy, much of that had to do with sub par production facilities or materials, the Stealth (87/45/87) was just a design that should have never left the drawing board. Unless you were on pure hardpack, anything more than 1/4" of soft snow made the Stealth one of the scariest rides ever.