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Praxis Skis Review

If you’re looking for a screaming deal on a pair of brand spanking new handmade skis then you best not waste anymore time and head right over to Praxis and check out their pre-order sale. 

For more than eight years Praxis Skis has been producing some of the best “microbrewed” skis available in the ski industry. Handcrafted on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe Praxis was started by owner and operator Keith O’Meara with a vision to make the best skis possible for individual skiers looking for the perfect tool to ski park, backcountry terrain and of course powder-a Praxis specialty.

It’s not easy for the small guys of ski craftsmanship to make it in a mass-produced industry driven environment, but year after year Praxis continues to stoke new users out and build planks that are more innovative and overall fun for the skier. Back in the early 2000′s I like many powder junkies fell in love with the transformation brought on by the Volant Spatula. Shane McConkey’s legacy to the ski world is immeasurable as his ideas and creativity changed the ski world with the design of the Spatula then, and they are still at the root of progressive ski technology today. At the time I didn’t think another tool could replicate the feel produced by the Spatula in deep fresh snow. Enter the Praxis Powderboards, my personal favorite Praxis model, and it was like someone took all the drawbacks of the Spatula, and tweaked the design and feel just enough to produce what many feel is one of the better powder skiing tools available today.

This past winter while working and skiing in Alaska we had a solid group of clients who came up and nailed perfect weather and conditions during our last week at camp with Points North Heli-Adventures. During that week no less than five pairs of Praxis skis were in use at any given time with four models representing. Not bad for a small business operating out of a equally small warehouse building skis by hand. In fact, co-guide Jeff Dostie and myself both skied the Praxis BPS skis regularly this season in Alaska and found them to be the best mixture of performance and tour-ability for a ski with a 132mm waist.

While traveling in Japan this past winter I linked up with two other well traveled skiers both putting older models of the Praxis Powderboards to the test day in and day out in some of the best powder conditions imaginable. No matter who I’ve talked to if they’ve skied a Praxis ski they’ve become a fan, and the best I have to offer after skiing on their skis for a few years is when I get on another pair of skis I’m always quick to want to get back on a pair of Praxis. They’re crafted to be bombproof and will hold up to the most ridiculous thrashing you can throw at them, and they’re overall feel and float continually set them apart from the rest.

For this season Praxis is rolling out an even deeper quiver of sticks between their three primary series of touring, all mountain, and powder skis. There are 14 models to choose from with something for just about everyone. Among the many cool features that comes with skiing on Praxis skis is that owner Keith somehow manages to be as personable with every customer as he possible can. Praxis specializes in custom orders so you can contact Keith and talk directly to him about what you’re looking for. He and his crew will do whatever they possibly can to make your vision a reality. Don’t believe me? Email him and see what I’m talking about. Try that with a mass produced ski manufacturer.

For 2013 Praxis is also offering their customers the ability to choose any graphic from their graphic library linked here. They are also offering a diversity in terms of what flex pattern the customer feels will suit them depending on what type of skiing s/he wants to get into the most. How about a hybrid carbon/fiberglass layup or even a woodgrain topsheet? If you can dream it chances are Praxis can and will make it for you.

For this year’s pre-order sale the deals are dropping hard. Right now you can jump on the Praxis 50/50 payment plan where you can pay half of your bill at the time of order, and the remainder in just 30 days.

Where else are you going to get a brand new pair of skis, handmade, from a small business with all of these options and features and still have a bill under $600 bucks? And if you use the coupon code: “UNOFFICIAL” you’ll also get an additional 10% off your order!

If you clicked on this post you owe it to yourself to at least take a look at the website, the Praxis blog, and all the sick skis Praxis is making available for 2013. You won’t regret it, and chances are if you do lock into a new pair for the 2012-2013 season you’ll be singing praises for Praxis just like every other skier who owns a pair, and be trying to talk your friends into jumping on the bandwagon as well.

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