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#1 Mon, Jun 21, 2010 8:27 PM

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most durable brand of ski

After reading Condi74's post about his broken skis,  I wonder which brand of ski is the most durable.  On BOS forum Horton once commented that if you want a ski that doesn't break, go with a Connelly.   In my experience I'd have to agree with him.  I've only skied on KD, Radar, and Connelly, but of the 3,  Connelly is the only one I've never had an issue with - and I skied it for 6 years.

It also seems that as the skis have gotten lighter, the number of broken skis have dramatically increased.

What do ya'll think?

Aaron

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#2 Mon, Jun 21, 2010 8:34 PM

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Re: most durable brand of ski

I bought my Elite because it was said to have a longer shelf life than other skis.  I don't know if that is actually true or not, but I'm gonna' keep telling myself that.

JP smile

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#3 Mon, Jun 21, 2010 9:05 PM

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Re: most durable brand of ski

I had a Connelly Prophecy beak after 12 sets when they first released the ski. They replaced it with a new one right when I called. I'm completely OK with a glitch like this since they stood by their product and I've never heard of a problem with another one (I was on an F1 for a while and it was bombproof). I've also had good luck with HOs lasting a long time.

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#4 Tue, Jun 22, 2010 1:37 AM

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Re: most durable brand of ski

I don't know about the Elite but to me the Fischer was the most durable ski. I am quite confident that his successor (Razor) will be the same

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#5 Tue, Jun 22, 2010 5:46 AM

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Re: most durable brand of ski

Elite, Fischer, Razor are all manufactured using the RTM process. That's your difference. I took handle hits to my Elite that crushed the front of my other skis and there wasn't even a mark on it.


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#6 Tue, Jun 22, 2010 6:37 PM

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Re: most durable brand of ski

Shane, what's the RTM process?  I've heard of it, but that's it. 

I do agree with longhornskier about the F1.  I still have mine and I can get as many buoys on it  as my Radar, but I like the Radar's stable feel.

Aaron

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#7 Tue, Jun 22, 2010 6:49 PM

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Re: most durable brand of ski

resin transfer molding is an Obrien buzz word.  they suck the resin out instead of injecting it into the mold, they say it creates a perfect ski every time, whereas the traditional molding process there are inconsistencies aka air pockets.

I've never broken or seen a ski break personally but I don't ski into the deep shortline. I wouldn't worry about it with any of the major brands.

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#8 Tue, Jun 22, 2010 8:26 PM

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Re: most durable brand of ski

RTM= Resin Transfer Molding.  It's not an obrien buzzword, but an aerospace buzzword. The wrap, carbon, and core are placed in a two piece mold. The mold has a resin reservoir on one end and a vacuum source on the other.  The resin reservoir is actually a hydraulic press. You put a resin plug in the reservoir and they compress it, which liquifies it and pushes it into the tail end of the mold. They also place a vacuum on it through the tip end to pull the liquified resin through the mold. This has the side benefit of removing all the air pockets.  You end up with a consistent

That's how companies make carbon components for the spaceships, planes, and high end cars. Fischer was the first to create a ski using this method, followed by Obrien, and now Razor(which is made by the same plant that originally made the Fischer).


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#9 Tue, Jun 22, 2010 10:09 PM

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Re: most durable brand of ski

Thanks for enlightening me!big_smile

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