perhaps my phraseology wasn't the most coherent. Put it this way, after 2 hours, I was missing 4 inches of edge.
Before I used the skis, I used a hand file to round out the edges underfoot, reducing friction and a lot of negatives that comes with that i.e. cracks and edge pull outs. Can't avoid it over years of use, but it usually helps over say a season of riding.
So Day 1, shit more like Day .25, as mentioned, big ol chunk on one ski gone. No major impact rails (it was early season), no core shots, nothing, just fucking shitty ass thin edge and bond allowed that fucker to rip free.
By a week in, the other ski was now having edge rip out. The other ski was already beyond fucked. By a month in, they were missing 50 inches of edge combined.
This was not a case of skier abusing skis on rails. Sure, rails will damage skis. I've damaged and broken more than I can count. But this was systemic of shoddy ski construction, and then the rep acted, without any context, that I was abusing the skis by doing rails - well shit, they are advertised for rails. Once I gave him the context, he was even more condescending to me, as if the AR5s were bombproof. That is the story, fucker.