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9's are made in Slovenia by Elan. They produce a very good product there. All the skis that come out of that factory have a very standard for finish and quality control.
Some people have said that their park skis weren't very durable, others have said they're bulletproof. But that can be said of every brand on the market. I've owned two pairs of Ninthward big mountain/pow skis and I found that they stood up to a lot of abuse.
But I will never purchase another pair of 9's.
By the way, 4frnts are also made in Slovenia by Elan. With the same materials.
From what I've heard, they are a very bad company. They have terrible customer service. I believe the owners were in and out of jail. There's a reason lots of their pros left. They screw over kids on here too.
I have 2 pairs, first bloods and the Rorys. As for construction, they are pretty solid. They used to have problems, but since they switched to the Elan factory, they are doing well. Both the skis are fun, fairly poppy, and feel very solid. Campbell and Shane were very nice and quick to respond with me. I thought the service they gave me was great. I use both skis as kind of an every day ski. There is nothing exceptional about them, but they are great for what I use them for. As for topsheet chipping, who gives a fuck? The bases seem pretty soft to me, but nothing worse than other skis.
They ski very well and hold up to a lot of abuse. Some people have had issue with warranty, but in my case the warranty was flawless. Here's my warranty success story.
My Firstblood's (which i never hit rails on, imagine that NS?) had a large section of edge that began to separate from the base. This was without a doubt a manufacturer's fault so I contacted 9th and sent them email explaining what happened and a few pictures of the damage. They emailed me back saying that they would replace the skis no questions asked and they promptly shipped me a new pair and i got to keep the ones with the edge separating! I got a brand new pair of skis and I got a designated pair of rail skis out of the deal!
My point? You cannot ride rails, smash your skis against boxes, get them waterlogged and they snap and expect a company to cater to the problems that you made yourself! I bet half you kids who are butt hurt about your rail skis breaking probably sent 9th a douchey email. Be respectful and i'm sure they'll be more likely to help you out. And I think this goes the same for all ski companies, right?