Originally Posted by dookey67
First LibTech with their NAS "skis" and now Palmer.
Do you think this has anything to do with the popularity of freeskiing and how that's taken off with the whole twin tip craze of the past several seasons?
Well, Palmer will be introing two models only one of which is a twin. The other is what they are calling a "technical" ski. The reasons are probably pretty diverse but they may be related to the global "belt tightening" of production that many companies are starting to practice. This limiting of production benefits most parts of the distribution chain (except the factory managers) So, if a factory has to build say 100K palmer boards to be cost effective, but their distribution channels can only handle say 80K then they either have to have down time in the factory or
build too many boards, or
build something else.
One way of looking at this is that skis qualify as "something else". Another component of this is that Palmer has never positioned themselves as "anti ski" and has always embraced the spinoff of ski technology and the crossover market.