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SVmikeYep its an easy concept. One of the top companies like Smith or Oakley spend tons of money developing great style and tech for your eyes. They develop and market the product then at some point a manufacture in china get their hands on a pair. They copy the mold and offer it to any ass hat that will pay to have 100 of them made. No r&d, no marketing, no support for the industry. So that ass hat buys a bunch of pre-made goggles, have the guys in china slap their names on the side and boom.... you have Defts. Call it what it is.... stealing.
marrowsI'd say charging $300 for a piece of plastic is stealing, and both Smith and Oakley do that.
Call it what it is.
A simple google search will show you that both of those companies also manufacture certain parts in China, so really they're doing the exact same thing as Deft, just charging more.
weedooI'd say Ryft, not sure on how they're made though but they're really involved in the community.
SVmikeThe big players spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year developing not just style but the optics that keep you eyes safe. They also support the industry by marketing dollars and sponsorships. What they are effectively are doing is intellectual theft. If you have ever been to an SIA show, you will see a large delegation of people from "manufacturers" that walk around and just take pictures of other companies gear. Are they doing it to show off the great new and innovative goods? No, all they are doing is going back to china and strait copying the product and mass producing it at a much lower quality by the way. If you think the big guys are a rip off by all means go ahead and buy the cheap shit, but if you come on here and spout how core you are and how nobody care about the skier anymore just remember... You are the problem.
freeballerHow do the big players support the industry? They sponsor athletes and spend money on marketing solely to sell more product and further their profits, exactly as large, multi-national corporations would do. Does Oakley and Smith spend a dime on programs to make skiing more popular or accessible to lower income families? I highly doubt that. How has any non-sponsored skier benefited at all from very large brands selling $300 goggles?
By the way, Oakley is owned by an Italian company that owns Chanel, Prada, Armani, Rayban, Sunglass Hut, Lenscrafters and a ton of other brands, and they also manufacture heavily in China, if that's a concern to anyone.
SVmikeSmith donated heavily to the High 5 foundation, Woodriver Freeride program (which does exactly what you state, gives lower income kids a coached ski environment) and many other organizations. They also invent the tech that keeps your eyes safe. Oakley invests heavily in issues for our returning service members as well as Rx for children that can't afford glasses. Sure they get good PR out of it but so what. They are doing good, Smith is 90% built here in the states thus putting people to work here in the good ol US of A. Now that I killed your arguments... Its theft plain and simple. The Chines are coming over steeling intellectual property, manufacturing it at pennies on the dollar, dumb asses think they are "starting" a goggle line and sell them cheep. How is that helping anyone? I don't care if you buy the cheat rip offs but don't claim that you are any part of the industry or "more core" than you actually are as an ass hole thief.