Just one year in the game, Revision Skis is a company on the rise with a strong team, forward-thinking ideas, and a deep passion for skiing.
The makers of Revision Skis have a simple vision: build the skis that they, and their team, want to ride.
“We are passionate about skiing, and wanted to build skis exactly for ourselves and our team,” says Bill Wanrooy, who launched Revision Skis with David Bartels in August 2014 after a season of developing prototypes. “We are absolutely rider-driven, and our skis are the result of direct feedback and design decisions from our team.”
Revision’s eclectic crew of riders is involved in all levels of the design process. “They have input on ski construction, design and shape updates, as well as graphics,” Wanrooy says. As a result, the company sought out creative individuals who want to get hands-on with their skis as members of their team.
As far as creativity is concerned, Revision didn’t need to look much further than The Bunch, a Swedish crew whose edits and movies have brought park and street skiing creativity and style to new levels in recent years. Wanrooy reached out to the crew after seeing their movie “Far Out,” eventually enlisting no less than five Bunch members as Revision team riders.
“Tobias, Leo, Douglas, Sakarias, and Erik have had an immeasurable impact on Revision Skis,” says Wanrooy. “They are changing the industry from the ground up with their unique vision and execution of freeskiing. They aren’t just trying to follow trends, but are rather blazing their own trail. Also, they are a multi-talented crew that has helped Revision out with artwork, networking, and a long-range vision for the brand.”
This involvement means a lot to guys like Leo Bjorund. “I get to contribute to evolve and create the future of Revision skis,” he says. “That’s worth more than any paycheck in my mind.”
Teammate Tobias Sedlacek agrees. “To be able to be a part of a ski brand from day one and really make a difference felt cool,” he says. “The spirit of Revision is very open-minded. Bill listens to all our ideas and ask us what we thinks about his, which usually creates great stuff. For the upcoming season you’ll see a The Bunch x Revision collab ski which I’m pretty damn hyped on.”
Revision’s give-and-take with its team riders has already borne fruit with several initiatives the company is undertaking this season. Foremost among them is a focus on sustainability “We are auditing our supply chain process in order to minimize our environmental impact,” Wanrooy says. “Our skis for fall 2015 will all be carbon neutral as we begin a long-term process of making sure we are responsible to the earth.”
Another much-hyped development is Revision’s new return & replace policy, which includes damage caused by sliding rails. “We will guarantee that we will replace any skis that are rendered unrideable because of rail damage during the one-year warranty period,” says the company.
Finally, Revision is constantly seeking to refine the durability of its products, so you’ll hopefully never need to take advantage of the replacement clause. “For this fall, we’ll be upgrading the bases and edges on all of our skis to a thicker version in order to improve durability,” says Wanrooy.
Wanrooy gets the closing word: “Freeskiing is 100% about having fun, being creative, and doing things your own way while not being confined by rules and regulations. You don’t need a coach, a bunch of money, or even a mountain to be a freeskier. All you need is a set of skis and a vision.”
Bonus: Ski Test with Tobias Sedlacek
“I like how they work well in all aspects of skiing. I don’t feel like they hold me back from how I want to ride.”
Talisman (166cm, 176cm, 182cm) – Park
“What I like most with the Talisman is that it allows me to develop my riding. Your riding doesn’t just depend on the skis you’re on, but it helps. The Talisman is a pretty soft and poppy ski that’s great for ollies, presses and butters, but still stable enough for kickers. They even work well in the BC when it’s not too deep, and I’ve had a bunch of days this season just mobbing the hill with them. So whether I’m in the street, BC or in the park, it’s a good fit!”
Subtraction (166cm, 176cm, 186cm, 194cm) – Powder
“The Subtraction in my eyes is just a perfect pow ski. I’ve used it from waist-deep to sun crust and slashing, buttering or just carving they do their job. It’s a stable but soft ski that you can use everywhere around the mountain.”
Dime: Park (171cm, 176cm, 181cm)
Bodrum: All-mountain twin (179cm, 189cm)