Ok, hear me out. Yes, ski quality does matter, but in all my years designing and building skis, I’ve learned this:
Every company has their good models and their cheap models, and every company has some lemons.
It’s hard to determine quality, so don’t sweat it
True, some brands are known to last forever (like ON3P), and some brands break down quicker than they should. But I’ve seen almost every ski snapped, cracked, scarred, and marred beyond repair. It just happens.
The reality is that a company that makes bad quality skis will go out of business. If you’re buying a pair of skis, then that company is in business and therefore makes good skis. If your skis happen to break, almost every company will replace that ski, including us. It’s just not worth it for a brand to have broken skis and angry customers.
Odds are that you won’t have to worry about a ski holding up, but if you’re worried, check out the company’s warranty policy. Trust, but verify.
So what should you think about when buying a ski?
I’m glad you asked. Thankfully, we’ve written a whole series about exactly that. Check out How to Pick the Right Ski for the 5 things to think about and the 2 other things you can forget about when picking the right ski.
When in doubt, give us a shout. Our team knows a thing or two, and we’d be happy to steer you in the right direction.