I didn’t mean exactly the planned obsolescence) rather, the fact that manufacturers are abandoning "excessive durability". perhaps this is due to the current trend of making gears as light as possible. using other or thinner materials, both in the casing and in the core. Perhaps for this reason the modern gear has become less durable. And it's not about the number of stitches and the thickness of the threads)
I agree with you that longevity is an important factor for consumers, but what do we have now? seldom what senior-level pads serve 5 or more years without complete destruction. not to mention the initial level. I owned Itech GW 4.8 pads for 6-7 years, who saw ice 3-4 times a week all year round. the only thing that happened to them was the paint on the chart and the skin on the slip points were erased. look what happens to the same Bauer S150, S 170 in a year or two. they completely die.
remember how Lundquist changed a lot of pairs of 1S pads per season. And it's not just about breaking up a new revolutionary skin. The core itself is also breaking down on this model. And this is a level model. what then to talk about entry-level pads?
this is exactly what I meant.