SVmikeThe problem is, all you are doing is supporting some factory in china and not the company's that are doing the design and research....
Not only are you stealing form the companies that put the time and money into development but also from our industry itself. I know we all like to support the small guy but keep in mind each one of the core companies started off small too. They got big because of good product and supporting the sports they service. Key words, Cheep is not necessarily better.
Beyond the quality issues, here are some questions to think about..
-What skiers or ski athletes do the knock-off brands support? Snowboard athletes?
-What events, magazines/websites, movies or edits do the knock-off brands support?
-Are they authentic? Is there any soul? How long has the brand been involved with the kind skiing you are a fan of? Did they just decide to flip a switch overnight and claim to be supportive of skiing?
After considering all that, would you give money to a knock-off brand? The future of skiing is yours to define and support, and you vote with your dollars.
...and then there's the quality issues.