I expect you to disagree...it is your employer.
I am not saying that Atomic employee don' t perform, of course they do their best...their jobs depend on it.
I never bashed your product...
But to say that Atomic skis are custom in any way is misleading....Can a working slob like myself get extra carbon stringers, custom topsheet, or tunned to my specific specifications from Atomic? Good luck.
I will answer your challenge: ON3P. Those guys are hungry and it is not just their jobs at stake when they send out their skis, it is their dream realized. Hell they even have a contest to let their supporters design the topsheet. My glasses may be rose coloured when it comes to smaller North American manufacturers, but you can understand my position because they employ and generate an economy (however small) right here in my backyard.
Correct me if I am wrong but Atomic like all those other big names is certainly not run like co-op. You cannot convince me that the powers that run Atomic don' t have the bottom line in mind... otherwise they would be on the factory floor making skis for their valued customers like the dudes from ON3P. Hell 4frnt may make their skis overseas, but I know what Matt looks like and they even have a store in operation to reach out and get feedback from supporters.
Atomic has you...and they are lucky for it... and the Bent Chelter