Originally Posted by skierhj
There are a lot of people out there who feel that K2 just doesn't make the highest quality of product. Their all mountain skis tend to be low energy cushy skis that don't really have much feel. Their freestyle stuff has a lot of followers but many feel there are just flat out better skis on the market that just don't have the marketing dollars K2 does
OTOH, many of us feel that K2 is one of the few major companies doing anything to move the sport along. If all the "major" brands besides K2, Line, Volkl and Armada vanished tomorrow, the ski world would be a better place IMO.
In contrast to the companies, named above, who are moving the sport forward, companies like Atomic, Head, Dynastar, Nordica, Elan, etc. are still recycling the same old story at a time when there's been a sea change in the kind of skis that can be designed and built. i.e. better ones IMO. I hope the market punishes those lazy, archaic slugs mightily. That way the walls can get uncluttered and the companies investing in the future can harvest some reward for their efforts - and for upping the fun factor in skiing.
Interestingly, of the companies I had positive comments about, three are under the same ownership. And FWIW, last season and this season just about every ski coming into the house was a K2, Line, Volkl or Praxis. The exception was a pair of Icelantic Nomads - and while they are a fine ski, they about to go on the block... From what I've seen & heard about next year's offerings, any new acquisitions in the family are almost certainly going to have a K2, Line, Volkl or Praxis logo on them. And most definitely will be rockered...