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Mark IVs were the original "hotdog skis in the mid-seventies.  Kind of like
the X-Screams of there day.  I owned a pair at the time.

Actually, the Mark IVs were made in two or three editions. The first (and
best) edition was pretty revolutionary for its day - fatter, flexible tip
for crud and bumps, and [egads!] a squared tip.  They were meant to be skied
short - much shorter than the typical race skis of the day.  This lead to
better al round performance for mere mortals.  The mustard yellow Salomon
stole a page from the Olin marketing manual and its then distinctive bright
Orange colour.

With the second generation (mine were these) Olin began to tinker with the
successful formula.  The square tip was gone, and the flex was changed to
make them stiffer, but deader feeling.  Sales went into the tank, and the
Olin Ski Company never really recovered.

Leigh

----- Original Message -----
From: "Benjamin Kulas" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] Jax facts


> Quoting Marc Chrusch <[log in to unmask]>:
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> > skinny & straight Olin Mark IVs
>
> What was the story on those?  Of all the vintage skis I would see on the
> slope, those seemed to be one of the more frequent appearances...
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