Hey not to jump into a reader-only forum but this is an interesting topic because I know we want to make the best skis we can at a price you guys can afford. It is also interesting to see how pissed off and vocal the small minority are who have issues with their skis - vs the majority who don't have problems and never vocalize that they're happy with their skis.
Almost everyone is right to some extent. Sean actually isn't "shitting out of his mouth" as one reader so eloquently described. The fact is, Yes, all ski companies do have breakage issues of some kind on all of their park skis. They do take a beating.
Yes we did have some delam issues on our tips and tails.
Rivets take care of some of this but in my opinion the bigger issue is is making sure the edges are pre-bent correctly and laid in perfectly - which didn't happen on 100% of our early skis. To this day if someone makes a small mistake laying in the edge it can cause an issue. This is why we have a solid warranty - buy from BOONESKIS.com and we'll have record of your purchase and stand by it for 12 months.
There who are ski building "experts" these days but the bottom line is: building a ski that performs well and is super durable is difficult to do on an affordable ski. Materials cost about $100 + Labor ($95) + Manufacturing Equipment (LOTS - I won't even include this) + Marketing/Promo/Warranty skis (depends on total production volume and duration but we'll say about $50/pair) + free shipping which we offer on all skis at booneskis.com ($35-$45 per pair) + Artwork ($30/pair) = Approximately $300 per pair without factoring in all the other costs of doing business - such as business licenses, travel, gas, insurance, taxes, etc. So - you can do the math. Where do you cut-back?
We at BOONE are a humble rider collective - everyone at BOONE donates their time in return for product and the opportunity to be part of a team of skiers who care about the sport - along with most everyone else in the industry who is working hard to put out dope product and progress our sport!
"Oh yeah, and don't forget to stay away from HATERS!" http://www.d-structuresf.com/blogs.php