For what it is worth, we know the "hype" can be annoying to some people. It can be an issue at times for us too. People will buy skis, hit rails for a year, then wonder why they have edge cracks. My feeling on that stuff can be summed up here.
We use an edge that is 38.5% thicker than the standard edge out there. But besides that, it is the same steel as everything else, hardened to rockwell 48, etc, etc. So if you are hitting rails over time, eventually the same thing will happen as a ski using a standard edge. It just takes longer to get there. Unfortunately, this is as beefy as we can make the skis to this point. We are toying with ideas to improve rail durability, but the ones we have looked into are either patented but not in use, or just unrealistic from both a cost (ski would be too much to buy) and manufacturing perspective. Something we are working on.
That two things will add on the hype are...
1) We were basically born on NS and tons and tons of our customers post in these forums. That is why you see what is probably a disproportionate number of posts in support for ON3P.
2) That said, there is reason there is hype on the forums, as the skis are really good (and I have no qualms about saying it). Even in this thread, where people are having problems, everyone really loves the skis, even though they are in the small group that have had durability issues.
OP - "The ski is by far the best ski i've ever skied (friends too), and it's been a blast having it."
Ali_Dibden - "Mine broke this past week too, still epic ski though!" (His skis has a nasty pull out after it looks to me like a helicoil was not sealed when it was installed and the core subsequently rotted away around the mounting hole).
Crispy - "No doubt they're a super fun ski, however I won't be purchasing another pair. I personally do not think they're the best ski for lots of rails. If I were going to be skiing powder or all mountain, basically anything outside of the park, ON3P would definitely be my go to company because of how fun they are. For the park, I personally will look elsewhere." (Mid-west, so spending about 90% of his time on rails. Edges are about as bad as I've seen on our skis after 40 days. I told him if we get some park ski prototypes with an improved edge design, we might send them his way as he appears to do an amazing job destroying skis).
LijeBing - "A large part of my lament is that the Filthy Riches were the most fun ski i'd ridden for the 8 days they were intact." (His skis broke similar to the first set of photos. Only two pairs we've seen do that since we went from a straight tipspacer/core meet to a rounded, much stronger tipspacer/core meet - now going on 3.5 seasons. It blows my mind how many companies still use a straight tipspacer/core meet, as it is far weaker than having the core run into the tip).
So, we are aware sometimes ON3P rubs people the wrong way in the forums. We don't have a lot of control over it, so not much we can do. We very much appreciate the support in the forums, but are even more stoked when someone posts "ON3P because reasons x, y, and z" instead of just "buy on3p", if that makes sense.
Thanks for the respect on the customer service front. ON3P is basically compromised of a bunch of NS and TGR members and we are all proud to be a part of the skiing community. When we are designing skis, it is with you guys in mind, which is why we take our customer service pretty personally and seriously, even though it is business at the end of the day.
ON3P Skis // Handmade in Portland, Oregon