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Life in an old pair of skis?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi everybody,

    The greatest thing happened to me today; I got a free pair of skis, poles, and boots!  However, I noticed one major problem: the skis are very, very old.  The poles I got are fine, the boots are fantastic, but the skis are ancient; a pair of K2 two78 that look like their from the 80's.  If they're not old, then they've definitely been used quite a bit.  The bottoms are chewed up (nothing that can't be fixed with some wax), there's a chip in the top deck (easily fixed with epoxy), and the edges are rusty as all get out.  My question for whoever is reading this forum is this: will they be okay with some tune up?  I have some pictures of the bottoms and I kind of focused on the edges.  I'm hoping that if I take them in for a tune up they can just scrape off the rust and wax the bottoms a bit and I'll be good to go but I just don't know.  I'm essentially asking for an opinion of do you think these will be okay?  I'm not a very good skier and thus I don't do anything too serious.  I stick to groomed blue squares and black diamonds on pretty easy hills (I live in Minnesota so there's not that much to choose from anyway).  I just want these to work for what I do so I don't need to keep renting equipment.  Thanks for anybody who can give me some insight!



Rusty...OldNot good

post #2 of 11

You're kidding, right?  The best use of those things would be to throw them in the bonfire to Ullr to bring us some snow.  I've got like 8 pairs of better skis hanging out in my garage unused.  

post #3 of 11

Those look dead.  Way too much pitting to salvage that.  If you live in the MPLS area you should check out the tent sale swap meets that Hoigaards has every year. 

post #4 of 11

can we get a photo of bindings? That's where the problems will start.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Well, it isn't looking too good so far but here's some pictures of the bindings anyway:

FrontBackAnother view of the rear binding

post #6 of 11

How much edge do you think will be left once you get the rust off?


post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

I wish I knew.  Some areas of the edge are worse than others.  The pictures I put up are of the worst sections.  While I'm at it, does anybody actually know how old these things are/could be?  I can't find any information about them online.

post #8 of 11
Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

can we get a photo of bindings? That's where the problems will start.

Like this?


post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ha, nope.  The bindings work fine.  It's really just the bottoms that are troubling,   Regardless, I guess I'll just have to take them in and see what they say.  Judging from what I've heard, it's probably not going to be very good but hey, they were free.  I just need them to be ski-able.

post #10 of 11

That ski is a first or second generation K2 Two in the 178 size from the late '90s.  It has a very conservative shape since K2 did not want to go radical like Elan did with its SCX models.  The Quadrax 9 rental binding from that era is no longer indemnified, so no shop will touch them.


Can the skis be skied on?  Yes and no.  A good base grind will flatten out the base and knock off most of the rust off the base side edge.  An edge grinder will take away more rust from the base side edge and remove some rust from the side edge.  There may be some pitting on the edges, but that is expected from edges with that much rust.  The bases are made from sintered P-Tex, so they should still hold wax.  One concern is the bindings.  Look them over to make sure that they do not have any cracks in them.  Salomons from the late '90s used better plastics, so there is less chances of heel explosions.  But it still could happen.


Personally, I would retire the skis.  You might just end up putting in more money than you need to just to get them okay to ski.  Or you might be paying some extra coin for a cast for your leg just in case the binding fails.  If you want to do it right, either spend the money on rentals or invest in new gear.  Your ski day will be more enjoyable.



Edited by Denny1969 - 12/17/11 at 9:22am
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks a ton, that's just about everything I need to know.  I'll take these to a shop and see what they say price-wise to have them fixed up, if they even can fix them.  In the meantime, I'll start my search for something better!  Thanks again!

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