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Okay, who has ever seen a pair of these skis? I sure haven't

post #1 of 15
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I picked these up at a garage sale about 5 years ago and they have been sitting in the basement ever since.
I've been skiing since I was 4 years old and am now 47 and I have never seen these or this "brand" ever.
Not a thing about them on the internet either.
All I can figure is that they were made as a sporting goods store brand or something along those lines.

The only thing they say on them is: PRIMEusa CARV tec'


 
post #2 of 15
 New to me. 
post #3 of 15
 ^^^ wow^^^^
someone stumped Phil
post #4 of 15
Beats me.... never heard of them. Good "stump-the-chump" question!
post #5 of 15
If Phil never heard of them, they can't be real.
post #6 of 15
Yep...I know in the 1980's some big box stores - if they ordered enough pairs - could get special graphics made up.  From my experience they are all low-end performance level skis.
post #7 of 15

Google, baby:

http://ski.netmerchant.com.au/?main=%2FCatalogue%2FSki%2520Packages%2FJunior%2F'01%2520Prime%2520USA%2520Junior%2520Ski%2520Mounted%2520w%2F%2520Tyrolia%2520Cyber%25204%2520Binding%2520.html%3Fitem%3D0F4BB198-D212-4068-943F-19E681509305

http://leeds.gumtree.com/leeds/62/48095862.html

Unfortunately, these two links (whose efficacy may be short-lived) don't tell you much.

One, apparently, is from a demonstration / test site for a perhaps non-existent ski seller in Australia. The listing - being a test - is pretty confused, but it includes a photo of a ski with the same brand name.

The other is a want ad listing from Leeds, UK, in which someone is trying to sell 3 pairs of skis (including "clamps") for thirty pounds, including some identified by the seller as pair of Prime USAs. Although the accompanying photo is small, it looks like they have a smilar trademark on the ski.

Guess:
- Notwithstanding the "USA" in the brand name, they came from Great Britain or somewhere in Europe.
- They're store-brand or local-market-brand skis that were sold in some sort of package to a low-level skier.
- They're not nearly as old as '80s vintage.
 

post #8 of 15
 in other words: unless you like the view and mount them on your wall, they're useless.  (by the way: I'm from Europe and I never heard of these either...)
post #9 of 15
I think the ski is past-it's-Prime.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by WILDCAT View Post

I think the ski is past-it's-Prime.

Which shouldn't, really, be a factor.
post #11 of 15

Possible components of value:

- For original intended use (i.e. sliding on the snow): about nil. As the OP, I'm pretty sure, is well aware.

- As decor - curiosity and rarity: pretty good.

- As decor - sentimental and historical: back to about nil.

- As decor - general aesthetics: certainly a matter of taste, but not bad. They're shiny and moderately colorful, but subdued enough to complement other items. Some graphic interest and the creation of an appearance of depth in the logo, as well as the interplay of solid colored surface with the checkerboard, and the color gradient along the length.

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Originally Posted by sjjohnston View Post

Possible components of value:

- For original intended use (i.e. sliding on the snow): about nil. As the OP, I'm pretty sure, is well aware.


    Aww, c'mon now.    Flat mount binding + Banzai mindset + Bump field = Yeeeehaaa.
post #13 of 15
 Well, some Bear had heard of them back in 2007. This is from the forgotten ski brand thread. And there's a pair on ebay right now, in England, but no info about what they are.
Did no one include Kaestle here? I'm sure no one remembers Prime. I believe Tua still makes skis.

I don't want a holiday in the sun

post #14 of 15
 It is a pure GS ski made in Chiavenna (Valtellina, Italy) about  in 2001/2002 .Now the factory is named Blossom ski and  has a high reputation here in Italy.
post #15 of 15
A few years ago I was skiing at Canazei in the Italian Dolomites and was given a pair of Prime skis as rental skis. I didn't get on with them at all and swapped for a pair of Volkl P40s which were much better for me. But I have no reason to blame the skis as such, it could just have been that they weren't suitable for me (my build, or skill level, whatever). I certainly don't go along with the idea that if a brand name is little known it must therefore be rubbish.
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