Thanks for the kind words on the skis. I can tell you that the entire line is awesome in their respective niches, based on unbiased feedback we have been getting.
As to the holes in the line, we are aware of them and are getting product to fill those gaps, but when you use hand made highly skilled labor in a small factory, there are limits. Also, several financial limitations.
As to the F17 and starting with freestyle only, let me point out 2 things:
1) Freestyle is 4% of the market. Investors will NOT put their money there (We tried that route in 2001 when we started the revival), regardless the previous success (And, the last incarnation tried to focus there, and they failed utterly, even with a gold medal winning ski, the F17). Yes, we still need investors, so we need to present a more rich line than a freestyle focused one.
2) If I introduce the F17 and it isn't right, we are dead. It is coming, I promise you, but not until I am happy (which basically means satisfying the Ghost of my Grandfather on this item...). Rest assured, when I am happy it will be THE F17 that is back. Getting a manufacturer to understand them is difficult- even more so in Italian!
Whiteroom is dead on in his reference to the tuning issue. Those Attacks are wonderful when setup properly. Unfortunately his had been "fixed" by someone who no doubt meant well, but should confine their tuning activities to Chinese made skis...
BTW, several young skiers are using the Attack as a favorable alternative to K2 and Volkl's offerings as a mogul ski. Its softer flex and fairly straight sidecut make it appealing. It is NOT an F17 by any means, but if you want a ski that can handle the rest of the hill after you run the zipper lines, it can be a great alternative.
Just an FYI, I know retailers hate this sort of thing, but I am running a Marketing test for industry insiders like yourselves which will allow you to buy any current instock product for 35% below wholesale. Product is VERY limited.
One other thing, we have 3 new MidPhats (yes, one is the exact VIST ski you mention above) in our Fuelie line- The Stage One, The Scarab, and the Boss (currently known as the Big Phatty). They fill out the line nicely, though our dimensions are still more narrow than the competitions underfoot, the edges are engineered to give the same easy turns and float in the powder that a wider ski from some other manufacturers offer.
it is difficult getting people to try them due to their preconceived notions that they NEED a 130 underfoot or whatever the current marketing hype from SIA has drilled into them, but EVERYONE who trys them loves the way they handle- and as mentioned above, since they are a bit narrower they cut through the differing conditions admirably.
But hey, I may be a tad biased. Ski them yourselves to find out. We are currently in all the ski tests and have guys across the country with product.
(Sorry Phil, you just have to make an investment in it like the rest of the guys. No more free skis from Hart- we are too small to give away product and survive).
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