Originally Posted by SierraJim
If you really want some insight as to the quality of some
of these skis and especially one of the ones pictured.......take a true bar along with you........
I think many of us might find it beneficial if you were clear on which skis you are referring to. Otherwise you kind of taint the whole lot of them in many people's eyes.
Although this does raise an interesting question. At what point does overall design trump the "details"? I know that for soft snow, I'd rather have a Praxis or Kuro or EP Pro (all well made skis from my POV) that's had a hammer taken to its edges than any (literally) conventional ski. And I might even be OK with some other company's manufacturing "sloppiness" if it got me the best design & handling. If needed, I could just get the local shop to clean it up a bit.
I know we disagree on this - but the best of the newer designs so rule over old school cambered skis that I'd rather spend my money on a ski that's better in terms of doing its job & simply replace it sooner if I needed to. That said, I challenge you to find a ski materially better made than - or that'll take a beating like - a Praxis...
(and yes. I confess I was fuzzy on "best" because I'm not sure the line has been clearly drawn yet. For the moment I remain skeptical of skis blending rocker with any meaningful camber - except for some very specific purposes - maybe...)