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Phil Mahre on Goode skis this year?

post #1 of 11
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I just got the new "Directions" magazine and there is a 20 page spread on Dave Goode, in there he mentioned that Goode is working with Phil Mahre for skis and poles for this year. That qualified for a big "HEH".
post #2 of 11
Come on Phil, we've been through this. Phil M never skied on anything but "The Ski" secreted through the Volkl factory and then painted to look like a K2.
post #3 of 11
Ah, but, did Dave G. find the secret forest?
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Come on Phil, we've been through this. Phil M never skied on anything but "The Ski" secreted through the Volkl factory and then painted to look like a K2.
That's too funny!

Dennis
post #5 of 11
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.... and then painted to look like a K2.
I'm sure with enough work, carbon fiber skis can be made uber gaudy.
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Come on Phil, we've been through this. Phil M never skied on anything but "The Ski" secreted through the Volkl factory and then painted to look like a K2.
Bobbie Burns DID work for K2 as a designer before he went out on his own. That comment might not be too far from the truth.
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Come on Phil, we've been through this. Phil M never skied on anything but "The Ski" secreted through the Volkl factory and then painted to look like a K2.
Attended a clinic with Phil last year and he was on Head Supershape Magnum chips
post #8 of 11
Does ANYBODY really think he doesn't get the ski he wants in whatever topsheet pays him top show up .

If he wanted a cheesy Metron in a Head topsheet it would be a done deal.

Why is this such a mystery?
post #9 of 11
Is Phil Goode enough
post #10 of 11
I can't comment on Phil Mahre changing skis, but I remember reading years ago that Phil and Steve didn't put alot of emphasis on boot alignment. They would stand on a flat surface and roll from boot edge to boot edge and if they felt they could do this they didn't need to mess around anymore with their alignment. Maybe they were in the 1% that could naturally stand flat on their skis. If I had to bet, I would guess Phil Mahre subscribes to the fact that its the Indian and not the arrow that wins ski races and he can ski on anything.
post #11 of 11
I think we may be overthinking this. I suspect that Phil has realized that his goal of making it to US Nationals, by legitimately qualifying, is simply not going to happen. That's for a bunch of reasons, not the least of which is that he doesn't get to train anywhere near as much as the 16-23 year olds who are smoking him. Last year was worse than the first, and he's not getting younger. The "kids" are on snow year-round, and 6 days a week during the season. And as much as some think it's a neat goal, there's a big faction who think it's crazy to be trying to take an up and coming skier's spot. I don't think he's been universally applauded for the effort, though anyone would admit that he's a great skier and in great shape for his age.

If that's the case and if the deal with Goode is fact, then I imagine he has a put together a nice contract to endorse Goode. I would seriously doubt if they'll be putting a Goode graphic look topsheet on Head, or any other race skis. I suspect he may not be pushing that race agenda much longer, despite the fairly recent press. The Goode ski is so different than a laminate race ski that they won't look close to the same, so the world will know that he's not racing on a Goode product. As I understand it, part of the "appeal" of the Goode ski is it's very light weight...the opposite of a laminate race ski.

Sad to say for some the Phil fans, but my hunch is that he's following the money on this deal {and who can blame him}. He may also believe in the product. He could ski well enough for his clinics and personal appearance days on almost anything. The Goode may be a great ski for that stuff. He may also fit real well with Goode's demographic. My guess. I could just as easily have it all wrong.

I doubt if it has a single thing to do with his having tested the skis, and being of the opinion that his race result would improve with them. That much I'm pretty certain about.
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