Applicable in North America, or overstated?
What about the top end rentals?
Ah, but ‘Advanced’ or ‘Gold’ or ‘Premium’ skis could never be rental specials, could they? Well, according to the catalogues we pick up at trade shows, they are. The bindings might be retail standard because so many come on rail systems now and it’s easier (read ‘cheaper’) to make one sort of ski/binding combo. The topsheets will probably be scratch resistant. The bases are generally thicker. The edges are thicker or made from different material. They still go through the same machine as the others – you don’t really think there’s a ‘special’ machine for ‘special’ skis, do you? This adds up to a ski that does not feel or ski like a retail model. More importantly, it won’t feel or ski just like that last rental ski you picked up, even if it was the same model from the same shop.