Ski Mag Buyers' Guide

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews and Comparisons' started by Tom K., Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Tom K.

    Tom K. HRPufnStf Skier

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    Bought it on a whim in the grocery store.

    Seems to be even more of an ad catalog than ever.

    The overall scores are nearly impossible to read, they are so light, and the tables of ratings in various areas have been removed.

    I used to like this mag for ONE thing, and that was the fact that they gave "crud" ratings to each ski, which I prioritize, being an unabashed resort skier. I like having fun after the Hour of Powder is over!

    RIP!
     
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  2. Philpug

    Philpug The Ski'er Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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  3. surfsnowgirl

    surfsnowgirl Instructor, Jeep Wrangler driver and winter lover Skier

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    I prefer online gear reviews. Ski Magazine is just something i read in the backyard come september with a cold one. Its more to get some stoke going than anything else.
     
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  4. Ron

    Ron AKA Finndog Pugski Ski Tester

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    I thought it was just my degrading eyes. The tables are horrible. Seriously, what editor approved this layout??
     
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  5. Jilly

    Jilly Lead Cougar Skier

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    I spy a SKI Canada in that mess. It should be out this week. Maybe I won't make a trip to Chapters to get SKI, but I need something for a plane trip this week.
     
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  6. Tom K.

    Tom K. HRPufnStf Skier

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    Exactly. I emailed the editor, and got a LONG response, including the fact that they had received so much negative feedback, they would be putting the complete ranking tables on their website.

    It also included a long-winded explanation that I cynically translated to "The losing ski companies were sick of their skis not selling as well as the winners, and threatened to pull their advertising".
     
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  7. Jack skis

    Jack skis Ex 207cm VR17 Skier Skier

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    I liked looking at the pictures.
     
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  8. Ron

    Ron AKA Finndog Pugski Ski Tester

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    As a Pugski tester, I find it interesting to read certain lauded skis and thinking, "I tested that ski and it really wasn't all that great" or "I tested that ski and absolutely loved it" when they didn't like it or made comments about the skis performance that I absolutely disagreed with. :)
     
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  9. Philpug

    Philpug The Ski'er Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    There are many time I read other reviews and think "Did they even ski the same ski???"
     
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  10. Ron

    Ron AKA Finndog Pugski Ski Tester

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    ^^^^^^^THIS seriously
     
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  11. Catskill carver

    Catskill carver Getting off the lift Skier

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    ^^^^ Thought the same thing myself on some of the reviews.
    Free copy got sent because i attended the warren Miller flick preview last fall.
    It's the 1st time I remember seeing any write ups on the Indie and BC brands.

    Did take away a promo for the new Thule boot backpack, I may have to pick up and try to cram in the overhead compartment on this winters flights :D
     
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  12. NESkiBum

    NESkiBum Booting up Skier

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    I would say this is the worst edition of the Buyers Guide that Ski has ever produced.
     
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  13. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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    It lives in the ski van for passengers who want to flip through things.

    But they removed rocker shots this year. I could care less about shots of the topsheets. Give me rocker profile shots or give me death.
     
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  14. Ron

    Ron AKA Finndog Pugski Ski Tester

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    Doesnt everyone buy skis based on topsheet colors and graphics?
     
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  15. KevinF

    KevinF Call me "Lefty" Skier

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    That's a mighty low bar to get under, but I have to agree -- this issue was even more useless than normal.

    I "liked" how they provide the "best two scores" for each ski, but didn't give any information regarding how it did in the other categories. Or even what the various categories were.

    I have no idea why I even get "Ski" magazine. I can't ever remember subscribing to it. Maybe because I got a Mountain Collective Pass? Or an epic pass? Or because I ski race? Or because I walked into a ski shop and Big Brother was watching?
     
  16. Ron

    Ron AKA Finndog Pugski Ski Tester

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    They jumped the shark big time trying to appease the manufacturers A guide that doesnt guide. There really arent any bad skis out there (maybe a couple) so just tell people its strenghts and who its for or not for-- or just read the pug reviews.
     
  17. Jed Peters

    Jed Peters World's Most "Okayest" Skier Skier

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    Funny listening to you guys rattle on about whether or not print is dead or skis that aren't liked, etc.
     
  18. markojp

    markojp mtn rep for the gear on my feet Industry Insider Instructor

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    You'd all be amazed at the pull these reviews have with less obsessed, but still passionate skiers. If you work in a shop, you ignore them at your peril, disagree or not. There are also some IMHO accurate, if highly truncated to the point of useless, tidbits as well. No intro of ski testers in the mag this year, yet they're often quoted. And yes, it can still trigger that first trip of the new season to the local shops... Boot reviews, don't get me started. I look at the pictures. ogsmile
     
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  19. SpikeDog

    SpikeDog You want Big Air, kid? Skier

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    Powder and Ski have their gear issues out, and one is usable and one is not. The SKI ski reviews are in alphabetical order - took me awhile to figure out that Atomic didn't have the top rated ski in each category (or that Volkl wasn't the worst).
     
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    markojp mtn rep for the gear on my feet Industry Insider Instructor

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    It'd be great example of problematic design for a graphic communication class.
     
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