It's a new years day miracle.
As soon as I saw the name of this thread, I got my favorite shit storm picture ready to post.
I was wrong. OP, you are magic.
do you know I think you might be onto something there!!
either that or they pay him money because he's a charming fellow and they, being a big company practising captialism and all, simply felt like hooking him up with a few extra thou to help ease the burden of his flying costs...
we may never know which...
it's all obvious my friend. its not gonna alienate their "original" market in any way. you see gapers on twintips all over the place. ns.com is about the only place where people actually give a shit about all this image bullshit. the average skier would buy a piece of clothing if they liked it and they deemed it good value for money, and will continue to do so regardless of which superpros the tweeny thugs on ns worship.
or not, whatever, i don't give a shit.