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When do you replace your ski gear and why?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Most of us here I would say are obsessed with our ski gear.  Still, when do you decide to replace your skis?  Your boots?  Your bindings?   When you do what do you do with the old stuff?  If you're an insider, do you replace them just because they come easy?

 

This came to my mind after looking at my current ski gear, the newest of which is circa 2009...but looks like new....still HEAD's latest offerings are mighty tempting.

post #2 of 25

Never replace anything

 

 

Just acquire more  biggrin.gif

post #3 of 25

Just whenever you feel tired of them?  I have been purchasing ski wears last couple days because I am just tired of wearing the same pants and jacket, even though they are working flawlessly.

post #4 of 25

When stuff wears out, falls apart, or a new breakthrough in technology makes my old stuff obsolete.

post #5 of 25

Whenever I damn well feel like ! (If your trying to justify a new ski purchase to your spouse)

post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

Never replace anything

 

 

Just acquire more  biggrin.gif


Works for me.

 

I have a feeling my C610's will die before my 727's do.

 

post #7 of 25

When I see something I really want for under $250.00 including bindings.and shipping

post #8 of 25

I had the same Raichle Flexon for 25 years..I replaced the shells 4 times and the liners 5 times....but they were the same FLexons. 

post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

I had the same Raichle Flexon for 25 years..I replaced the shells 4 times and the liners 5 times....but they were the same FLexons. 

Um, which part was still from the original boot?  confused.gif
 

 

post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Um, which part was still from the original boot?  confused.gif
 

 



The soul, of course. biggrin.gif

post #11 of 25

the minute you find something you better , you upgrade immediately.

post #12 of 25

I ski mine until they are ready for the dumpster. Sometimes I keep skiing them anyway (like my Kastle RXs - I just can't say good bye to them).

post #13 of 25

hmmmm, I buy new stuff to get better. 

 

OK,  really, I buy new stuff cause I like to ski different skis, that's pretty much it.

 

 

love my boots, don't see any reason to change them if they fit well.  

post #14 of 25

In general, it must have a lot to do with the pain of finding the money, or not.

 

Personally, I buy skis when the ones I have are seriously damaged: worn out edges, cracked sidewalls, base ground a few times, core lost life/camber.

 

I definitely covet a new design, but have to wait till mine are shot, which doesn't take that long skiing a very rocky mountain, before I replace them. For skis, the life is generally about three (120 day) seasons, skiing a quiver of three pairs for different conditions. They may be replaced but kept for early season rock skis.

 

If my ability to spend money was stronger, I'd buy new skis every season, of course, duh!

Because they perform so beautifully and the edges make that nice whizzing sound.biggrin.gif

post #15 of 25

I've only replaced things that have become unusable.  Usually I just add.  Every now and again I'll give the kids something that was pretty good but not right for me (i.e. hi intensity yellow Oakleys). I do have a couple pairs of skis I wouldn't mind parting with...as long as I can replace them biggrin.gif.  I'll probably just keep them for rock skis though.  I also tend to hang onto things so I'll have spare parts when I start Frankensteining things.

 

I'm actually considering looking at new boots.  I think the boots I have now are great but the only thing I have to compare them to is boots that were two sizes too big.  Definitely comfortable, performance fitting boots (I measure 26.5 in 25.5 Krypton Pros), but I don't know that there isn't something out there that is actually better for me.  I would like them to not be so tall.

 

I do know I'm one of the few instructors at the mountain that has boots so tight I'm limited on the socks I can wear and I'll never get a toe warmer inside them, but I'm also one of the few that can wear their boots all day in comfort.  I would have a hard time giving that up.

 

Ken

post #16 of 25

Rich, once you start asking questions like that, you know you are in for next round of buying new gear.....smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif

 

Choose wisely, don't rush... Or like Finndog said, buying new gear just to get better.

Either way GL...

post #17 of 25

you know I am kidding!  You can't buy a turn.... In some cases the ski makes the experience different but it really won't make you any better.
 

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Originally Posted by andy4g63 View Post

Rich, once you start asking questions like that, you know you are in for next round of buying new gear.....smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif

 

Choose wisely, don't rush... Or like Finndog said, buying new gear just to get better.

Either way GL...



 

post #18 of 25
I replace when it dies. Or when it leaves me. Thank god duct tape is a socially acceptable fashion statement in my neck of the woods.

Here is a funny thing I saw the other day. A local was taking his skis in for a core shot. He specifically asked for a base weld of a different color than the bases. I asked why and he said he liked to see his battle scars. Nice.
post #19 of 25

1.  When it is possible to sell old gear for a good price to get new gear.

 

2.  When duct tape can not fix it.

post #20 of 25

I augment more than replace, but I replace in the rotation so to speak.

 

Let's see....

1. When something better comes along or when I can afford something better.

Leather boots to plastic and leather and finally to modern plastic.

 

2. When I'm not satisfied with the performance and I believe I can get better performance from the replacement product.

eg. GS skis upgraded to longer GS skis because short ones were not stable at speed, then to SG skis because the longest GS skis were not stable at speed.

eg. SG skis upgraded to SL skis because SG skis just weren't that good at making short turns on small Ontario hills.

eg. Race boots replaced by comfy boots because I was tired of worrying about loosing toes to frost bite and wanted to ski without pain.

 

3. Sometimes I just give in to pressure; mom made me get a helmet.

 

4. Sometimes things just wear out.

post #21 of 25

Me: I am in a different place than most of you.

 

As my skills progressed I got new stuff. I outgrow the old, in with the new. Kinda like my bikes.

 

Season one. Got a pair of 4500  K2 escapes. Got decent recreational boots. By season three I was on Metron9s with intermediate level boots. Season seven saw me on Nordica Afterburners with adavanced level boots. This season was interesting. Two pair of new skis to match my current state of affairs.

 

Anyone interested in buying a pair of 08/09 afterburners?

 

No, I am not one of those folk who bought a pair of shaped skis 10 years ago and still think they are just fine in 2011. I really believe that I would not be at the level I am, such as it is, if I stuck with those K2s for the last seven seasons.

 

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Now when I started MTN biking in 1992 I bought a Trek 820, which I outgrew in six months. Then I got a Trek 930 which served me well until.........and blah and more blah....cool.gif

 


Edited by Mr5150 - 3/5/11 at 6:28pm
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Skibum220 View Post

1.  When it is possible to sell old gear for a good price to get new gear.

 

2.  When duct tape can not fix it.


best reply!biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

 

post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post

Me: I am in a different place than most of you.

 

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That is pretty much where I am coming from. In the 6 or 7 seasons I have been skiing, I have bought a lot of skis. Usually about 70/30 are new and used. Many of you demo, I can never demo the skis I am interested in so I just buy them. This has worked out well for the most part as new skis always seem to help the progression and open new understandings of getting better at certain skill sets. My quiver is presently four skis that I am very happy with and use for different conditions. Going forward, to replace one of them will be tough and I think my ski buying will really slow down in the future. So ya, if your a really good skier, have a nice quiver, there likely isn't a reason to buy skis very often.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

Never replace anything

 

 

Just acquire more  biggrin.gif


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post #25 of 25

I keep quivers in three locations (Whistler, SLC and least coast), and I demo a lot, so when I find something I like, I buy it, and either add to a quiver, move around, or sell what's become superfluous.

 

Gear, clothes, whatever, it doesn't matter, when something tickles my fancy I get it and add it somewhere. Life's too short not to have toys you like to play with and on.

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