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Custom Order Info

 

   

Have your skis made custom to order!   Any of our ski models can be customized to fit you personally.  When  you custom order you have the option to select any graphic from our library of art and modify the ski flex to suit you best for no extra charge.  Other options are also available with more details below.   Please contact us with any questions.  We are happy to help you dial in your custom ski.  

Shipping is available to most any destination in the World and pricing will be shown at check out (shipping prices: US $28, Canada $55, most other international destinations $99).  

We make it how you want it.  The short order ski builders at Praxis are ready to cook up your next ski.   

HOW TO CUSTOM ORDER

Step One: 

First, select a ski model from our lineup.  We have 19 different ski models for you to select from.   From backcountry touring to resort all mountain carvers to powder specific fatties we have a ski for you.  Once you have decided on the best ski shape and size option you can start customizing your new ski to fit you personally.

Ski Options   

EXP Custom
Yeti Custom
Backcountry Custom
Wootest Custom
Le Petit Custom
PNR Custom
SND Custom
9D Custom
Piste Jib Custom
9D8 Custom
Freeride Custom
MVP Custom
Concept Custom
RX Custom
GPO Custom
Powderboard Custom
Protest Custom
BPS Custom

Step Two:

Next decide the best flex option for you.

Flex Options

We have five options to select from for your custom skis flex.    #1 flex is our softest flex and compares with the softer skis that you will find in the industry, the #5 flex is our stiffest flex and compares with the stiffest race flex skis in the industry.   For reference the product description on each custom ski model states what flex we make for the standard edition of that ski.   

Why customize the ski flex?  Not all skiers are the same weight nor do they create the same demands from their skis.   By customizing the flex of our skis we are able to better fit each of our ski models for the skier and what the skier plans to do with the skis.  Customization of the flex can be done for a variety of reasons, creating a better fit to the skier’s weight, ability level, and personal preferences.   

Here are some general guidelines on determining the best flex option and information on how adjusting the flex is going to affect the skis performance. 

A softer ski will initiate turns easier at a lower speed.   So this can translate into a more playful less aggressive ski.   A stiffer ski will need more energy or speed to initiate turns so this can be more demanding and more aggressive of a ski.

Softer skis will bend more and therefore float to the surface of powder quicker especially notable at lower speeds.  The softer ski however will tend to over bend and be less stable when trying to push snow around or ski aggressively.  Therefore a stiffer ski will bash through powder crud better and a softer ski will milk deep powder turns with ease.

Skier’s weight is also a big factor in determining the ideal ski flex.  Here is a general guideline for skier weight and flex options. 

 #1 Flex – Under 125lbs           #2 Flex – 75-175lbs     #3 Flex – 125lbs – 225lbs

#4 Flex – 150 lbs – 250 lbs      #5 Flex – 150 lbs and up

These weights are only a general guideline to get started.  Personal preference and your specific goals and plans for the ski would also be a factor.   If you are considering a ski flex and outside these weight guidelines we should discus and confirm that it is the best option.

Ability Level is another big factor in determining the best flex.  Generally a level two or three skier is going to want and be better served with a stiffer ski.   A beginner or intermediate skier is going to have a better learning experience and progression on a softer ski. 

Personal preference will also be a factor, for example some skiers will want strong edge hold, powerful ski, and ability to really drive and push a ski through a turn, and therefore want a stiffer flex.   Whereas another skier might be a level three skier but prefer to be able to bend and butter the ski to better fit their personal skiing style.

Note that changing the flex on your custom ski will change the weight of the ski.  Softer skis are lighter.   As you select your flex options the weight estimator at the top of the product page will update. 

Feel free to contact us to discuss any questions and determine the best flex option for your custom ski

Step Three:

Select your topsheet graphic from our library of options for no extra charge.   Or go with a full custom graphic and put your own artwork or pictures on your skis.   Contact us for more information on formatting custom graphics. 

Top Graphic Library 

 Wood Veneer Tops For Digital Staining 

You have the option to have any of the graphics from our library digitally stained onto a wood veneer topsheet.   Create a one of a kind custom look pairing the unique wood grain and artwork.    The wood veneer tops have proven to be a durable asset to the skis construction and performance.    By utilizing a wood veneer top in the skis construction we are able to build a lighter ski, saving 4-8 oz on a pair of skis compared to using a traditional nylon top.    Additionally the wood veneer tops create a damp and lively ride enhancing the skis performance and feel. 

Each sheet of wood veneer that we offer has its own unique grain and a look.   The images below show the grain and look of the veneers we currently have available for custom order.   We purchase the veneers from the mill in “lots” and each lot is a succession of slices from the tree.  The grain and color of the veneer will be similar on each slice from a “lot” but each will be unique.  The images shown are of one slice from a lot and lot sizes vary from 1-12 sheets, once a lot of veneer is sold out, that specific veneer will not be available again.   The product pages list how many of each veneer lot are available for purchase.  

Combining the correct wood veneer and graphic is an important part of this customization.  Please contact us with any question or advice.   Note that the graphics will be blended with the color and wood grain of the veneer.  Areas of the graphic art that are white will not print and therefore only show the wood grain.  Some combos of art and veneer work better, we have found the art that is not full graphic saturation showcase both the wood veneer and graphic best.

Click here for a look at some of the different wood veneer graphic combos that we made this past year. 

 

Step Four:

Select a core design for your skis. 

At Praxis Skis we use hard maple, ash and paulownia in our cores. We use each wood for a specific purpose. The hard maple is used in the binding mount area because it offers superior screw retention and provides a strong durable mounting zone. We use ash for its stiffness, strength, pop, and vibration damping. Paulownia is used in our cores for its superior weight as well as an alternative density dampening agent to the harder ash and maple.   Across the Praxis lineup you will see these core materials being offered in a few different options/blends.  

Maple, Ash, Paulownia (MAP) Core: Our most widely used core is the MAP core.   In our MAP core the center and perimeter of the core is made from ash, the binding area is constructed of maple and the remainder of the core is made up of paulownia.    We have engineered the MAP core to be the best blend of wood for strength, weight, dampening and performance.  

Maple and Ash Core:  Blending our two favorite hardwoods into our burly maple and ash core provides for a powerful, damp, hard charging ski.    Using only the harder woods creates a heavier stable ski ready to take big air or straight line through a field of bumps and crud.    In the Praxis lineup we use the maple and ash core on our smaller underfoot piste orientated skis.    For your custom ski this is a great option to consider for a harder charging ski, but beware of the extra weight when using only maple and ash on the fatter powder specific skis.

Ultra Light Core:  Using a blend of mostly lightweight paulownia we are able to build some of the lightest skis offered in the industry. The UL core uses a limited amount of maple and ash only in the center of the ski (binding area) and the remainder of the core is paulownia.  The UL core comes with a fiberglass/carbon fiber composite to keep the ride stiff and light. The UL core is ideal for touring skis and those looking to keep what’s on their feet as light as possible.  For those that do not want to sacrifice ski width on those deep powder touring days the UL core is a great option.    You can’t beat touring with the Ultra Light Protest up or down on a deep powder day!

Carbon Fiber Addition:  Any of our custom ski builds have the option to add carbon fiber.  What is this going to do for the ski?  By replacing some of the fiberglass composite with carbon fiber in the layup we are able to build a lighter ski per the same flex stiffness.    Using carbon fiber will generally save about 3-4 oz’s on a pair of skis.   Carbon fiber also wants to return to shape after being flexed faster than fiberglass; therefore skis with carbon fiber have what many people refer to as more “pop”.    Note that the UL core already includes carbon fiber and it is not necessary to add carbon fiber when selecting the UL core. However if you would like a higher percentage of carbon to fiberglass in your ski and to maximize weight savings additional carbon fiber can be added to the UL core.

 Step Five:

Finally select your base graphic and let us know a little about your skiing.  Basic info like height/weight and ability should be included.  As well as skiing locations, preferences and style.  Feel free to let us know what you are expecting for from this ski; for example touring, resort charger, or competition ski.  All this info helps us to confirm that you are selecting the best ski and that we are building you the best fitting custom ski possible.   Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  We are happy to help you dial in the details on your next custom ski.    

 Base Graphic Options

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