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Volkl Supersport 5-Star with Marker Motion AT bindings (2005-2006) - Bargain or Busted?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Ever make a decision quickly that maybe you should've waited to be more informed for? Maybe I did? Maybe I didn't?

 

I'm back into the sport after a 20 year hiatus and my knowledge of gear isn't what it used to be. The last set of equipment I owned was a pair of K2 VO Slaloms (207 cm) with Salomon 747 Equipe bindings.

 

With a family to equip I've had to do my gear on the cheap and recently purchased a pair of boards through eBay. What I've ended up with is a pair of 2005-2006 Volkl 5-Star Supersports (175 cm) with a set of Marker Motion AT bindings. The price was $143.

 

So, bargain, or busted? The reviews I've found for the skis have been pretty positive and the bases/edges seem to be in pretty good shape. Though, I've had no experience on the Marker Motion AT bindings. Does anyone know anything about these? Just curious to know.

 

Here's the auction link...

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251028427098?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_2468wt_812

 

Thanks in advance for any info.

 

SM

post #2 of 17

Coming from the VO's, you will be right at home with the stiffness (yes, there is a backhanded complement there wink.gif). Use the skis for a season or so and start demoing some newer skis. Now, make a planter out of the boots (that you used with the VO's) and get to a fitter for a modern boot.

post #3 of 17

Those were a good ski in 2005 and they still are now. For $143, I'd call it good.

post #4 of 17

I agree with both Phil and Epic. I hope your home mountain is the east where groomed, hard snow trails match the Supersport's strengths. While I've never bought from Matterhorn, they have been around for years as an Ebay  seller. It seems they do a good job of describing the condition. Just guessing, but they were probably used infrequently in the Rockies and reserved for harder snow days. Volkl lovers tend to hang on to their skis and take care of them.

 

Yup, and make sure your boots are solid.

 

I say good first buy at that price, but, the real value of the Epic forums is asking first, buying second.

post #5 of 17

I can definitely relate to the financial pain of keeping a family in ski and snowboard gear.   I have two kids that ski and one that snowboards.  This year they all decided that they wanted to switch . . . 

 

I have a pair of the Volkls.  They are great on firm groomers and can really rip.  They should be fine for now.  As was noted above, they were great in 2005.  I don't really ski them anymore, but would definitely have fun on them if they made it out of the garage and into the Yakima box.

 

 

post #6 of 17

It's a good buy.  I would have held out for some six stars, but still, a good deal.  Unless you are skiing way too fast on hard packed snow, you won't notice much of a performance difference (between 5* and one more *) , and they might even feel a bit better in softer snow.

post #7 of 17
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It's a good buy.  I would have held out for some six stars, but still, a good deal.  Unless you are skiing way too fast on hard packed snow, you won't notice much of a performance difference (between 5* and one more *) , and they might even feel a bit better in softer snow  bumps



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post #8 of 17

Well yes the skis are ok, the bindings are good.  I had that exact set up.  As for the price....well, I just gave mine away about 5 years ago for free...so $143 is steep. $75 would have been more in the ball park, although $143 might be ok if it included shipping.  You certainly could have done worse.

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

Awesome info, thanks everyone...

 

Phil: Ha. Those boots are long gone. I've picked up a pair of Dalbello Proton 10's which were used for about 20 days. Hopefully those will take care of me for a couple seasons.

 

Epic: Thanks for the info.

 

Living Proof: Home mountain is local to Los Angeles, but it's a lot of man-made, so I should do OK. It's funny, I grew up skiing in the east (Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Tuckerman Ravine) so my head is still in a stiffer is better mode. Thankfully, they're used and if I'm in that kind of market I'll be able to pick up a second, softer pair for not too much. We'll see how the boots work out. As I told Phil, I picked up a pair of used Dalbello Proton 10's. When my kid's into equipment she doesn't outgrow every year I'll be able to buy new stuff, again. When that happens I'll get my dream set up of Stocklis and Garmonts.

 

MCross: Thx for the info. Nice to know.

 

Ghost: Funny you mention that. I had my eye on a pair of 6-stars and missed the end of the auction. I hope you're right about the soft snow.

 

Cantuna: See you in the bumps.

 

Skidude: Thanks for the tip on that. I'll make sure I check in the forums before I buy, next time. Seemed like a deal at the time.

 

All: This forum has been a great resource for a guy who's getting back into it. Thanks again.

 

 

post #10 of 17

 

There's a few folks on here that ski at Mt. Baldy.      Heard the conditions are a bit crazy to wax for (warm agressive snow).

 

Good luck with those Protons.   

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I'd like to check out Baldy. I work a lot, so sometimes I'm home alone while the family is out of town. I'm hoping for a sick day next year when I can head up there by myself and not have any youngsters in tow.

 

I've read OK things about the Protons. Not expecting amazing thing from used equipment, just stuff that won't be uncomfortable. I'm just happy to be on the hill, for now.

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

Ultimately I'd like to get back into hiking for my turns. I'll drop good money on equipment when I'm back up to speed in a couple seasons.

post #13 of 17

If they're in reasonably good shape I think you made a good deal. I get passed on powder days at Big Sky by folks on skis that are older and skinnier the 5 stars.

 

I doubt if I could tell much difference in a new 5 star today and a 2012 model of similar weight and dimensions. Some of the materials have changed in the past decade but very few of the laws of physics have changed since the Bush administrations - it just seems that way sometimes biggrin.gif.

post #14 of 17

Skiing tech for hard snow skis has not changed very much compared to the rest of the market.  The supersports are still a good ski, assuming that they still have pop. I have a pair that comes out for really crusty days where I know the snow will not get soft.

 

What you will get in some newer designs is a ski that is similar to performance on hard snow, yet will be much more versatile and fund to play with when the snow gets softer and deeper.

 

 

post #15 of 17

anyone with an up to date indemnified bindings list--I assume this binding is still indemnified-it's not that old, but I guess you have to pay for the list now if you're not in the industry. 

post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks, Oldgoat. Yeah, that's one of the things I've been keeping an eye on. As of 2010-11 it was officially indemnified. I've found a list compiled by someone who claims to have made calls to get lists on their own for 2011-12. According to that one, it should be good. I'm bringing them in for a tune up and binding check, so I'll find out for sure, then. Here's the link of the unofficial 2011-12 list...

 

http://www.skiernet.com/indemnified.html

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 

Also, here's the link to the 2010-11 list I've been using. Anyone, please feel free to call into doubt it's veracity if you believe it's bunk.

 

http://www.snowsports.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=xh%2BOPCqhNMw%3D&tabid=618

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