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Skis from Sports Authority

post #1 of 8
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I'm looking for some skis and looked at Sports Authority but realized that none of their skis are being sold by the actual manufacturer. So I am wondering if these are just renamed skis with a different design or if these are completely different custom skis. For instance, is the K2 Fire just a relabled 'official' K2 ski?

Btw, I'm over 6', 180lb, lately ski a lot in moguls on black and double black diamonds. I mostly stay on the slopes, don't do any stunts, do rather quick and rapid turns, etc. I'm not very close to the slopes so my skiing is limited to weekends which means I hardly ever ski powder, unless it happened to snow on a Friday. Any recommondations in regards to ski length, width, brand, etc would be appreciated.
post #2 of 8
private label or 'makeup' skis are always an interesting mixed bag. Whether it's for a large multi-store retailer or for a buying group; the intent of a 'makeup' is to provide an advantageous price for a product which can usually be 'bundled' with a binding, and often with other stuff to make an entire ski package for someone looking for 'everything'.
In the old days, package skis would occasionally be different constructions from similarly named models in the regular line, and sometimes even ventured into 'performance' models. But these days one would likely expect them to be 're-painted' constructs from the regular line.
One thing's for sure, you;re not gonna find anything more than a middlin intermediate ski in a 'makeup'. More often it's a beginner towards intermediate model, since that's the target market for makeups. Usually a nice ski for a progressing novice. Skiers wanting performance are not likely gonna go with some unknown, even at some level of savings, especially with the diversity of specs in the upper end..
post #3 of 8
 It's rare for SA skis to be any good.  For the money, you'd be better off researching good skis and buying online (there are good sales right now).  Best bet would be to visit an actual ski shop, talk to them, and go from there.  Or contact dawgcatching, PhilPug, or SierraJim on these forums and get the shop experience right through Epic.  Their current deals are here: http://www.epicski.com/forum/list/76
post #4 of 8
Welcome to the site.

First off SA has only low end skis.

First off where do you ski ? One of us may be able to send you to a good shop.

You'll want to make sure your boots fit properly first.

For skis, demo something in the 163-170cm. I like Volkl's AC line. We all have our own favorites, demo, demo, demo.
post #5 of 8
Just an FYI,  I installed a binding on a SA ski today,upon drilling, the core material felt softer than any other wood core ski I have ever drilled into.There was basically no resistance whatever ,but,they got a "GREAT DEAL!!!!!!"Good luck with that.
post #6 of 8
 Avoid the SA skis !!! I bought a pair several years ago - absolute junk.  It wasn't until my local resort had a "Demo Day" where all the manufacturers reps brought out their latest and greatest performance skis - and you got to try out as many as you wanted throughout the day - for free!  These were the new skis for the season, and you'd be hard pressed to find anything for under $700, most were above that.  But, that day I vowed 2 things: 1) I would never buy a pair of skis without demoing them first, and 2) I would only buy the higher-end performance skis found only at ski shops, not big box stores like SA.  Now that we're at the end of the north American skiing season, you can usually find great deals (50% off and better) at ski shops and on-line.  I would even buy a slightly used pair of performance skis before evev buying a SA ski.
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 Avoid the SA skis !!! I bought a pair several years ago - absolute junk.  It wasn't until my local resort had a "Demo Day" where all the manufacturers reps brought out their latest and greatest performance skis - and you got to try out as many as you wanted throughout the day - for free!  These were the new skis for the season, and you'd be hard pressed to find anything for under $700, most were above that.  But, that day I vowed 2 things: 1) I would never buy a pair of skis without demoing them first, and 2) I would only buy the higher-end performance skis found only at ski shops, not big box stores like SA.  Now that we're at the end of the north American skiing season, you can usually find great deals (50% off and better) at ski shops and on-line.  I would even buy a slightly used pair of performance skis before evev buying a SA ski.


Dang, aren't you a lucky MOFO!!!  Get to try out a bunch of skis that are CURRENT! for FREE!  Some of us have to pay $40 a demo, and don't even have access to sizes that fit us (but are models the ski shop carries).  And the local resort only carries rossignals that are like 5 years old.  Lucky to be you!!
post #8 of 8
 I have to admit - that was a sweet deal - free demo day.  Unfortunately they did not do it this year.  If any factory reps are tuning in - I think it's definitely worthwhile for you to continue doing this.  Getting a chance to ski on some really great skis is what convinced me that they are worth the extra $, and if you didn't do the demo day, I would still be skiing on cheap pieces of junk.
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