Young_pattyLol, K2's are shit. Anyone who says a $300 china made ski is durable either:
A) doesn't ski more than 30 days a year
B) Can't hit rails
C) rides K2 skis and feels attacked by this thread
or E) has felt the anguish of a rivet coming out after 3 days and tries to hide their resentment by trying to convince themselves/ others that they're good skis still
Haha. I personally would trash the shit out of the company that made my skis if one of the tip rivets popped off. Fuck it if my armadas blow an edge or tear through the base or delam i will happily do my best to trash their reputation online. I want to be able to love my ski equipment. A rivet popping out is like you realizing your girlfriend has cankles. Its a total deal breaker and i wouldnt stay loyal to that ski manufacturer after something like that.
my view is that apart from edge damage from skiing shitty rails and boxes, its fucking 2020–enough time has passed that it is fucking embarrassing
that humans still cannot create an indestructible ski
look at ski bindings. They last forever without any problem. Skis should also.
i dont know if anybody here knows about how some computer manufacturers and others such as apple were purposefully producing electronics that would slow down as they got older in order to encourage consumers to buy their new products.
this happens in cars as well. In the 80s mercedes benz created diesel engines that lasted for literally millions of miles. It was bad for business because customers were buying 190d’s and not buying a new mercedes for 25 years. Most car makers today make their cars with a programmed death. Subaru might be the only exception, and possibly porsche as well.
if ski manufacturers use wood cores on purpose so they lose their mojo after a few years and customers are forced to buy new skis, that is just disgraceful.
if you really want customer loyalty you should make skis that last 10+ years.
if ski makers faced as much liability as binding makers do from customers getting injured by old skis that lost their responsiveness, i bet you would see ski makers using truly awesome composites in their cores that didnt age and were impervious to water damage.
i get that wood is good when its dry and new but theres so much great material science going to waste by using wood instead of other great space age shit.