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A Sustainable Ski?

Posted by admin | January 30th, 2009 | Filed under Uncategorized

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While trolling around the Outdoor Retailer Show last week I stumbled across a little booth that housed the Swiss based ski company Movement . I’d heard about them before, including some of the accolades they’ve received, like Outside Magazines recent Gear Of The Year Award for backcountry skis. When I stopped to talk to them they reminded me of Nau in the sense that they, like us, have thought about the intersection of beauty, performance and sustainability from a product design perspective. That’s what intrigues me about Movement. I’ll leave the “beauty” ingredient out of this conversation as you may or may not like their graphics, but they definitely seem to be pursuing the intersection of performance and sustainability as it relates to the design and production of skis.

They say their skis are for “passionate connoisseurs.” For Movement, the construction of the ski is paramount and they insist on the highest level of construction using proprietary wood cores. They’ve definitely chosen a non-conventional manufacturing path. Unlike most ski companies, they own their own factory in Tunisia. This gives them total control over the production process. Their “Ecologic System” results in 50% less glues being used to join the different wood core parts or the power rail. They also use white glues based on water without chemical dissolvers. On top of that, the wood they use originates from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified forests.

Movement skis may cost more then major brands, but they seem to be committed to quality, durability and internalizing some of the environmental costs that are typically externalized when it comes to the cost of products we buy. I also liked the fact that when they told me the story, they prefaced it by saying their skis are not sustainable. That’s truth in advertising.

3 Responses to “A Sustainable Ski?”

  • February 17, 2009 at 11:06 pm | John says

    In my quiver of skis, my Movement Gladiator get the most use. Especially for the backcountry outings. They are light and stable as all get out. The Gladiator is not super fat (95mm under foot)but handles anything you throw at them. They are so quick edge to edge and they won’t fail you ever and wash out on you. Loved them on the Newton Headwall (to the right of Wy’East face above Meadows) where they performed superbly going from jump turns down the headwall to high speed GS turns coming down the Superbowl. Oregon Mountain Community carries them and I would urge anyone to give them a try.

    John

  • March 6, 2009 at 10:31 am | Kat Devoe says

    If you think Movement is taking a good approach, you should check out Wagner Custom skis (www.WagnerSkis.com). They’re a small, custom ski manufacturer that does all of their manufacturing in a solar and wind powered factory in Colorado. I’ve been on their skis for a couple seasons and they’re the best performing and most durable skis I’ve experienced. I highly recommend checking out their skis and business approach.

  • March 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm | John says

    Kat,

    I knnow about them and I’d love to have a pair of Wagner in my quiver. My Gladiators turned out to be on the skinny side last Sunday plowing snow up to my waist backside of Pea Gravel Ridge on Mt Hood. When I win the lottery, a pair of Wagner or two will be a part of my quiver. I’m sure they’ll well worth the price, but they don’t come cheap.
    I regret not taking my Volkl Sanouks with me last Sunday. They don’t tour as nice as my Movement Gladiators, but the 110 under foot vs 95 would have been a better choice even if they don’t tour as well.

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