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Skis made in China?!?!?!

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Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby Sharon » Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:56 pm

I just got my brand spankin new pair of Black Diamond Verdicts delivered to my office today.

Of course, I had to take them out of the packaging to oogle them, and to show all the interested parties in my office.

Sadly, there's a big sticker on the shrinkwrap...Made in China :(

This is something I did not expect.

No wonder they were so cheap.

I guess if I went with the Volkl's I'd be paying twice as much...and they still would not be made in the U.S.

I didn't shop for skis based on where they were made, I shoped for them for the price. I had an idea of what I wanted, and when they appeared on tramdock.com I snapped them up. They look pretty sweet.

Now I'm just waiting for the bindings to arrive...and praying for a good late season dump or 2, so I can test those badboys out.
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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby Admin » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:10 pm

Most skis are made in China now, with the only notable exceptions being a mere handful of Austrian, French and German models. In fact, IIRC some Volkls are made under contract in China, too. K2 is manufacturing entirely overseas now. So is G3. My Swiss Movements? China (same plant as G3).
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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby EMSC » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:29 pm

Admin wrote:K2 is manufacturing entirely overseas now.


K2 race stock is still made on Vashon Island. Low volumes obviously and yes K2 does have race stock even though they do not support anyone at the World Cup level. Only up through the College circuits roughly. They have no taste for the $ and resources it takes for the WC now-a-days and feel they can get decent feedback and stay current enough in design with the much smaller level of race support (decent stuff IMO which is why I have several in my 'quiver').

K2 was actually the first manufacturer in transitioning all volume ski manufacturing over to China, which nearly everyone else has quickly followed.
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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby Marc_C » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:51 pm

And all those models and brands - not only in China, but often in the same factory, on the same line.
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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby Sharon » Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:56 am

:x

oh well, what can ya do

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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby Patrick » Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:29 am

Sharon wrote::x

oh well, what can ya do

:cry:


You can do what the TGR maggots do and buy some BROs...however the price is probably higher than those skis made in China. :wink:

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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby skibumm100 » Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:35 pm

..... or Icelantics, which are manufactured in the US. You can get them for a pretty good price when they're on sale at the end of the year. I liked the Volkl Gotama's but I refuse to pay that high a price for Chinese skis. If they were sold for a big discount due to their low manufacturing costs I would be fine with it but I won't pay premium price for "low" cost goods. Just my opinion. It's the whole "Made in China" thing. While I have a choice I will exercise it, when the choice is gone, which won't be long, I will live with it.
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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby Marc_C » Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:17 pm

skibumm100 wrote:..... or Icelantics, which are manufactured in the US. You can get them for a pretty good price when they're on sale at the end of the year.

Does the Icelantic attitude come for free or do you have to pay extra for that? :wink:
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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby skibumm100 » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:36 am

Marc_C wrote:
skibumm100 wrote:..... or Icelantics, which are manufactured in the US. You can get them for a pretty good price when they're on sale at the end of the year.

Does the Icelantic attitude come for free or do you have to pay extra for that? :wink:


Marc,

No attitude is required with these skis. They ski just as well whether you have a chip on your shoulder or not. Just good, clean fun. The Bro's on the other hand........ :-k
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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby Skiace » Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:04 pm

(old thread bump)
Patrick wrote:You can do what the TGR maggots do and buy some BROs...however the price is probably higher than those skis made in China. :wink:

You can't always have everything in this World. 8)
BRO's tend to go for about the same as most large manufacture's similar skis. Moment's (made in Reno) or On3p's (made in Portland) are cheaper still. The difference is you never find them on clearance anywhere at the end of the season for 40% off. And they're tough to find for demos.
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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby icelanticskier » Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:53 pm

K2 race skis? funny, very funny. an entry level atomic kids ski will out perform most K2's for liveliness and give back. bros? overpriced lacquered
barrel staves for going straight and gettin all TGR-YO. icelantics? made right in colorado at the never summer snowboard factory. fun skis good for 1-100 day season or multiple shorter seasons and not too expensive. i'm selling a bunch of nomads at 499.00 per pair. 140-105-130 168-180cm. volkl? whatever. joey has a pair so i need a pair. "dude! i need a pair of mantras in 190cm with marker dukes cuz their so cool...dude". ya, whatever.

just my .02.

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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby Skiace » Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:53 am

Marc_C wrote:Does the Icelantic attitude come for free or do you have to pay extra for that? :wink:
"wait, what attitude?"
icelanticskier wrote:K2 race skis? funny, very funny. an entry level atomic kids ski will out perform most K2's for liveliness and give back. bros? overpriced lacquered
barrel staves for going straight and gettin all TGR-YO. icelantics? made right in colorado at the never summer snowboard factory. fun skis good for 1-100 day season or multiple shorter seasons and not too expensive. i'm selling a bunch of nomads at 499.00 per pair. 140-105-130 168-180cm. volkl? whatever. joey has a pair so i need a pair. "dude! i need a pair of mantras in 190cm with marker dukes cuz their so cool...dude". ya, whatever.

just my .02.

is it summer yet?

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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby tirolerpeter » Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:51 pm

Enjoy your BD Verdicts Sharon. I have put around 150 days on mine over the past two seasons. While I like them very much, I do find them rather "loose" on surfaces that are packed down hard. I tend to use them mostly on powder days, or off the trails proper when it hasn't snowed too recently. You will have to keep the edges pretty sharp if you use them in the east. I'm looking to add a pair of Salomon "Czars" this season. I got a chance to demo them at Alta last season and really enjoyed them. They were not only great in powder, but felt quite stable on the packed down stuff.
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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby molecan » Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:40 am

Admin wrote:Most skis are made in China now, with the only notable exceptions being a mere handful of Austrian, French and German models. In fact, IIRC some Volkls are made under contract in China, too. K2 is manufacturing entirely overseas now. So is G3. My Swiss Movements? China (same plant as G3).


Yep, I've got a pair of the 07-08 Volkl Gotamas and was quite surprised to see they were made in China.
I can only imagine that they've increased production in China and other low-cost manufacturing locations since K2 acquired them.
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Re: Skis made in China?!?!?!

Postby Marc_C » Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:17 pm

molecan wrote:
Admin wrote:Most skis are made in China now, with the only notable exceptions being a mere handful of Austrian, French and German models. In fact, IIRC some Volkls are made under contract in China, too. K2 is manufacturing entirely overseas now. So is G3. My Swiss Movements? China (same plant as G3).


Yep, I've got a pair of the 07-08 Volkl Gotamas and was quite surprised to see they were made in China.
I can only imagine that they've increased production in China and other low-cost manufacturing locations since K2 acquired them.

As Admin pointed out, a lot of different skis from different brands are manufactured in the same factory, sometimes on the same line.
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