SofaKingSickthere should be a PSA about extruded bases...things are so fucking stupid
i seriously lose respect for companies that sell a lot of extruded base skis
The.FishI mean when a ski costs $250 you can't really complain too much.
Extruded bases definitely have their place, as much as I hate their main downside of just being slow and unwaxable, they are low maintenence, easier to repair, and more durable than a lot of cheaper sintered bases. If I had the option between an extruded base and a ski with a thin low quality sintered base, I'd take the extruded any day of the week, especially at Bridger Bowl where deep coreshots are a daily occurance. And before anyone "corrects" my opinion and fanboys over their ON3P bases, I know a well kept 4001 sintered base will be miles ahead of any of the other options. Maybe it was the construction, or other factors, but I have thoroughly destroyed two pairs of libertys* in three seasons of light use, and worked on many of my friends skis that just peel apart at the base with lower quality sintered, on impacts that my extruded Surfaces would have taken like a champ.
*Disclaimer I know that Liberty uses higher quality bases on a lot of their skis now, which seem a little closer to the 4001 durasurfs on my ON3Ps, which seem to be absolutely indestructible on all but the hardest and sharpest direct hits to rocks.
Thanks Jaques for all of the dope content over the years and for being NS's crazy uncle figure. I have learned a lot of my tuning techniques from you.
A side note, would anyone be interested in a quick tutorial on how to do ptex base "tattoos" on their skis? I've been playing around with ptex filled designs on my extruded bases and they can turn out pretty well with some careful work and a creative mindset.