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post #1 of 15
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What are some of the top brands of ski. Or better yet what are some that you should stay away from. Just trying to stay away from brands that are popular but put out a bad product. Looking for a all mountain. Maybe a twin tip. waist 80-85.
post #2 of 15
Stay away from Salomon. Crossmax 10 really made me hate 'em..
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by GrooK View Post
Stay away from Salomon. Crossmax 10 really made me hate 'em..
...and yet they make the 1080 Foil which is a great twintip ski in the 80-85mm waist range.
post #4 of 15
I ski line prophet 80 "discontinued" and they work great for a all mt
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by GrooK View Post
Stay away from Salomon. Crossmax 10 really made me hate 'em..
Er, that was a while ago. A lot has changed in the years since then.

Top brands? Well, whatever is on my feet at the moment of course.

Lessee, I've got a few of my skis in the room after some tune love:
Dynastar
Blizzard x2
Salomon
Fischer
Nordica

Italy, France, Austria well represented. China not so much...
post #6 of 15
From my "research" over the past few years, it seems to me that there is not the discrepancy in terms of quality brand to brand that there once might have been. Still, I often hear people in the know speak highly of the quality of production in these brands:

-Volkl
-Head
-Nordica
-Dynastar

Can't personally vouch for this.
post #7 of 15
You're in Iowa ? How muck skiing do you get / year ? Enough that you'll kill a ski before he get outdated and you'll want a shiny new one ?
There's no really bad brand.
There are some less well built skis, that's all, from all manufacturers. But that's a non issue in most case.
post #8 of 15
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Er, that was a while ago. A lot has changed in the years since then.
That was last season..
post #9 of 15
There was no crossmax 10 last season. Nor the season before. It dates back to at least 2005.
Now, I agree with you it was a disapointing and overpriced ski, that hurt Salomon rep.
I also agree with Garrett that Salomon now makes (again) great skis.
post #10 of 15
Wonder why Atomic hasn't been mentioned yet..
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by loco13 View Post
What are some of the top brands of ski. Or better yet what are some that you should stay away from. Just trying to stay away from brands that are popular but put out a bad product. Looking for a all mountain. Maybe a twin tip. waist 80-85.
The major brands all put out basically decent product. Atomic, Dynastar, Elan, Fischer, Head, Nordica, K2, Rossingnol, Solomon, Volkl. ( I probably left out a couple). Stay away from the "discount" brands that are carried by the chain sporting goods stores (e.g. Alpina).

I've tended to like Volkl, Fischer and Atomic, and I've yet to ski on a Rossi or a Nordica that I really liked. Many others have different opinions and you may well too.

I'd say you should focus on finding a ski that suits your style more than worrying about brand. Demo demo demo.
post #12 of 15
Maybe a hardcore gear tester could give us the differences between all the big brands? What are their characteristics?
post #13 of 15
Since you asked (you didn't, but whatever), I've skied quite happily on Fischer and Rossignol, among others. But WTF do I know?
post #14 of 15
Unlike in many sports, there isn't a clear hierarchy of ski quality. Every major manufacturer makes good skis, many make some poor skis, and all make some skis that are just not suited for you or the conditions you will ski.

Some of the small manufacturers make excellent skis, but many again will not be something you need.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
Stay away from the "discount" brands that are carried by the chain sporting goods stores (e.g. Alpina).
At my local chain sporting goods store, the Sporten-built Alpinas are of much higher value than the branded Atomics, K2s and Rossis.

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Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
Unlike in many sports, there isn't a clear hierarchy of ski quality. Every major manufacturer makes good skis, many make some poor skis, and all make some skis that are just not suited for you or the conditions you will ski.

Some of the small manufacturers make excellent skis, but many again will not be something you need.

Well said.
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