Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
They must make the bindings for Tyrolia too.....
Ironically, I loved the Head race skis I've ridden... but I would never buy a pair of Tyrolia for any ski. If I were to buy a pair of Heads, they would NOT have those bindings.
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On topic, and with no disprespect...
Epic is one of the last tools for which I turn when considering "ski brands."
I choose ski brands based on the shapes they provide and the construction they use within those shapes... then I look at where they were made and try to keep it local. I really have a developing appreciation for people who single-handedly decide to start a ski company in their garage. I appreciate design that comes from people chasing their dreams... and not just trying to hang on to a job.
I was on-board for a new pair of BlueHouse Mavens (which have a sick pre-season sale next week)... until I learned they were made in China. I literally decided my next pow ski would be a praxis in less than 2 seconds when I learned that BH was NOT a home-made brand as I had assumed. (so much for thinking that all developing boutique brands are home-made.)
I'm a DIYer. I built my truck, grew up building the house in which my father raised me, built boats in my yard for my dad to sell, and paid for my own education... a degree onto which I am the first to put my family's name. I could
build a pair of skis, but am just as content to buy a ski made by a man who dedicates his time to developing that dream.
Pm Gear (kind of... I'm just trying to convince myself that the dream is actually building skis not affording hookers and blow as goes the marketing.)
All of the above on the top of my list due to their shapes and origins. I'm a powder skier, it doesn't really matter how "precise" or "race-bred" my skis are. (although I do appreciate precision on cord.) And ironically... I reside in Japan.