for the purpose intendedmany good points above, regret if I am redundant.
for supporters of Art and small companies starting out: go for it, buy some, good on ya'.
for skiers who want to impress others with their wealth: good luck, who cares
For skiers to whom $3500. is like $3.50: you could use your privilege....
For skiers who tear it up: those skis will get beaten and trashed just as quick as $400. boards
For those about to drop into a major chute: you want to know who built the ski, not who put a name on it, and what are its tried and true performance characteristics, not how it looks. how many of these new brands are just new trademarks on some swiss ski? and most swiss skis are very similar. So what company is building it?
as to whether some Bears are too hard on the ski, or the too critical of the concept of the ski, ...don't think so. the ski goes against the purpose of a ski, to be skied on, skied anywhere on the mountain, skied hard, and skied with a sense of freedom. this is a precious, self-conscious concept of a ski and therefore diminishes the skiing experience itself. (total personal opinion of course as to what the skiing experience is)