Ninthward skis are actually dope as fuck. You may not realize it cause you're on some bandwagon of people against it, made by people who doesnt know shit about ninthward skis administration, nor the quality of their great products.
I got a pair of Rory Silva pros for powder last fall because they were only $200 new and people said that they were really durable. I only got to use them a few times (fuck you east coast)and they didn't break so mission accomplished, I guess.
Firstbloods are still the absolute best allmountain/park/do everything ski that i've ever been on. long live 9! i don't give a shit about their brand identity, as long as their skis stay the same im sold.
With that being said, I'm curious about their new production now that they're made in canada, not in the Elan factory..