SO what I figure is some of the Axis models on the shelves this winter will be the last of the American made K2's. They ran production all spring and summer and now are calling it quits. Biggest issue is they might lose some loyal customers. I have been a big devotee of K2, being in the PNW and the MADE IN THE USA deal was a big part of it. So now do I still buy a CHina Made K2? K2 moved all of their lower level skis to China earlier this year, seems that their factory over there is doing really good work and it made them feel that they could move all of thier production over.
In reality, the quality of the product should be no less. They use the same material, same machines, is there a difference.
In the Bike industry mass amounts of products have moved overseas. Almost All of carbon fiber production has moved to china and taiwan. Kestral, Reynolds, name a carbon fiber fork and odds are now it is being produced overseas.
SO it comes down to economics, profitabilty.
The skis will ski the same, be built the same, just in another country. The mystic of a USA made ski will be gone. Race skis will still be made on Vashon but how many of us will be able to get our hands on those.
I feel for all those long time employees that just got the boot.<FONT size="1">
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