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Technica Icon TNT Plastic Problems?

post #1 of 17
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I found a nice pair of older Tecnica Icon TNT boots. I heard that these had problems with the plastic cracking but wasn't sure if that was for this model alone or other models.

 

Here is a picture of them, I believe they're 2002:

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/TECNICA-HOTFORM-ICON-TNT-X-SKI-BOOTS-MENS-SIZE-8-5-/00/$(KGrHqEOKowE3HGei87cBNzFg7nRdg~~_3.JPG

 

 

Does anyone know about this problem? I'd hate to buy the pair and have them shatter on me. But I just cant imagine that happening.

 

post #2 of 17

 

^ Those are NOT the ones that had the particular problem.  (IOW those are no worse than the general run of older ski boots)

 

These are:

 

brokenboot1small.jpg

 

 

Rule of thumb: if you see that particular  orange sorbet shade of plastic on an old Tecnica, duck for cover.

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Really? was is the carbon version of model that did Or just an older pair?

post #4 of 17
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Really? was is the carbon version of model that did Or just an older pair?



It was a specific plastic they used starting about '94 to just before 2000.   It was not just one model.   

 

The ones you're looking at are completely reworked and far better.     Orange-peel color plastic = safe.    Orange-sorbet color plastic = trash.

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

awesome thanks man. I appreciate it

post #6 of 17

Why would you want to buy used ski boots on eBait?  The liners are totally shot and depending on how hard and often they were used the plastic is likely questionable.  How do you know they are the correct width? or the correct length?  Buying used skis on eBait is one thing, but buying used boots is very dangerous unless the seller has a no questions asked return policy.


Edited by mtcyclist - 12/24/11 at 12:09pm
post #7 of 17
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Why would you want to buy used ski boots on eBait?  The liners are totally shot and depending on how hard and often they were used the plastic is likely questionable.  How do you know they are the correct width? or the correct length?  Buying used skis on eBait is one thing, but buying used boots is very dangerous unless the seller has a no questions asked return policy.


Craigslist, not ebay. I go, look, try em on, walk around in them, check the condition. buy and save $400 for a pair of boots that still has plenty of seasons on them.

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Craigslist, not ebay. I go, look, try em on, walk around in them, check the condition. buy and save $400 for a pair of boots that still has plenty of seasons on them... and it's not like boots really matter very much.



fixed it for ya'

post #9 of 17

2002?  by  now they are likely about a 180 flex, but don't try to flex them. they're done.  (have owned 3 pairs of Icons in our family) great boots for max 4 seasons.

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

2002?  by  now they are likely about a 180 flex, but don't try to flex them. they're done.  (have owned 3 pairs of Icons in our family) great boots for max 4 seasons.



Thanks. An actual helpful answer. I ended up buying a much newer pair.

post #11 of 17
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fixed it for ya'



You can buy me a pair if its really that big of a deal for you. My question was "do they crack" not "Can any one who thinks they're an expert condescendingly talk to me as if I don't know what I'm doing?"

post #12 of 17

this is the internet... that makes EVERYONE an expert. Sorry if I hurt your feelings.

post #13 of 17

your welcome. I used to buy boots that were still in the box in the shop, but maybe two seasons old. It was probably a good enough deal that way, but they were already degrading in the box in the store, the plastic becoming less flexible through time. When I skied them a couple seasons, they hardened up quicker than a new pair would have. good luck. happy feet! (I find $700 boots new on line, maybe end of season model, for around $250, but I have a very small foot )
 

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Thanks. An actual helpful answer. I ended up buying a much newer pair.



 

post #14 of 17
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this is the internet... that makes EVERYONE an expert. Sorry if I hurt your feelings.et.



haha exactly. and no, I didn't mean to get all butthurt. I know they're important, but I've bought used boots for a long time now and it always works great for me. Just gotta be careful which ones you get. And that other guy brought up a good point. If they're ten years old, even if they have hardly been skied on, they're probably not the best to ski with.

post #15 of 17

My pair of that vintage(Explosion 8s) cracked at the overlap(after 3 years) but I didn't ski them enough after that for them to be a major problem but it could have "run." I also saw other pairs as well.

I don't know what size you wear but you I have some 2and 3 year old 26.5 Technica Diablo Pro Race 110s/ Agent 120s, I will sell you for $150 or best offer. They would serve you better than the old Icons.

post #16 of 17
Well i do not understand why the cracking of boots is a typically problem with Technica. I still have the old original TNT's. Two pairs of them i own and use for a few decades. The only thing is that the rubber plates of the soles where worn and replaced. These boots have special thick (plug) plastic shells so not probable that they get the mentioned problems. My father once cracked the sole of one of his Nordica rear entry boots while walking. But these are ofcourse of less quality then TNTs.
post #17 of 17
Update: the top buckle plastic just completely broke of the boot! Maybe now the plastic has had to much years. My other pair looks better but is 2 sizes smaller. One problem they dont fit anymore now that my right big toe has grown a big lump. Maybe with new very thin modable liners it could be done because my feet still fit into the bare shells. Does anyone has a clue? Bootfitters dont advise working on old shells because the plastic is less elastic.
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