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Ah, I was wondering if there was a major design change, hence why these were being dumped.
Took delivery of my blem Vagabonds today. At first glance I couldn't tell anything was off. Then under close inspection I found just a little bit of indentation on the top sheet. It was almost like there was some air that didn't get pressed out completely during the pressing process and then they settled. From 3 feet distance you can't even tell that the blemish is there.
Here is one ski with what I'm talking about. The other ski only had one tiny dime sized spot that wasn't perfect.
As far as I'm concerned, for $349 and free shipping, I got a steal. Backcountry.com has unblemished Vagabonds on sale for about $415. I've seen them elsewhere for over $500 still. Considering I probably would've paid $600+ at the start of the season for this ski, I feel like I got really good value for my money. Can't wait to try them out.
I certainly won't hesitate buying a factory blem ski from Start Haus in the future. I'm surprised more shops / ski companies don't do this; at least that I'm aware of.
Gamble on my part having not skied them, but the dimensions and build type (slight rocker, camber underfoot, wood core, no metal, vertical sidewall construction) were the characteristics I was looking for.