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Old gear: donate or throw out?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey,

      I have Salomon skis and boots: X-Scream Series and X Wave 10s, bought in year 2000. Used only a few times a year til 2005. Understandably the bindings are too old. Yet, can the skis and boots still be usable?  Are there orgs, such as golf's First Tee, where I can donate my gear? They seem in very good condition and don't want to leave them on the curb for the garbage collection.

Thanks

post #2 of 14

Donate for sure; there's a number of options (thrift shops, etc.) but I've settled on the local HS ski team (unless the gear is so bad that it's embarrassing, and then it's a midnight drop at the local SPCA thrift shop), and they turn around and sell them at their annual ski sale/swap to support their program.

post #3 of 14

We always donate to a local thrift store run by the Humane Society.
 

post #4 of 14

if worst comes to worst,

 

craigslist and if you list for "free" you will get responses.   Although this depends on your comfort in giving out your location for them to stop by to pick them up.

It's 1 step better than the dump.

If you're in a city, you can also leave them outside, with a sign, and come back a couple hours later and magically they will be gone.

post #5 of 14

Are they Salomon bindings as well? You might be surprised at what people consider too old for some of those models.
 

post #6 of 14

Around here the adaptive ski school takes donated skis.  Even broken skis can be cut down to make outriggers. I still see people skiing on the xscreams--a thrift shop may take them.  Nothing wrong with the boots, either.  As far as the bindings, here's one list I found for indemnified bindings.  

http://www.playitagainsportslatham.com/users/pias-10966/documents/2013_Indemnification_List.pdf

 

 If your bindings aren't on it you probably ought to take them off and throw them out so some unsuspecting person doesn't wind up with them.  And unfortunately most thrift shop buyers aren't going to want to deal with plugging holes and putting on new bindings, but an adaptive school could still use them probably.   

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

     I would like to change my "Understandably the bindings are too old", to a question; are my bindings to old? And they are Salomon bindings. I figure, since I haven't skied since 2006, only once in 2005, rather than rent and demo the first so many times while taking lessons, etc, use these to get my ski legs back. Would they possinly be able to be reset to my new boots?

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Alohaed View Post

  And they are Salomon bindings. ?

 

Knowing which Salomon bindings (expecting a number here) would help in getting you an answer.

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

     Model 900s. Sorry.  

post #10 of 14

900s are still used by many folks here.  Although if it is a pilot mount they may not be easily moved to other skis.  I still ski 900s and even a pair of 800s. 

 

The ones below were still covered last season

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Z920 Lab, Z916 Lab, Z914 Lab, 920 Equipe Race, 916 Equipe Comp., S914 Axe+, S914 Lab, S914 FIS 26.3/20/17, S914 FIS, S914 Pe2, S914, S914 FIS Pilot, S914 Pilot, 914 F1S 20, 914 FIS, 914, S912 Ti Pe2, S912 FIS, S912 FIS 24, S912 Ti, S912 Ps, S912 FIS Pilot, S912 Ti Pilot, S912 Ti SC Pilot, S912, S910 T FIS 26,3/24/20, S910 T Ps, S910 FIS 24, S910 T, S910, S910 T Ps, S910 T Axe+,
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

     Actually, I want to keep these on my Xscreams and use them for a while.  Just wondering if anyone would calibrate these to my new boots. I've had a couple of stores tell me they will not do this do to them being 14 years old. I will ask more shops. Thanks.

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Alohaed View Post

     Actually, I want to keep these on my Xscreams and use them for a while.  Just wondering if anyone would calibrate these to my new boots. I've had a couple of stores tell me they will not do this do to them being 14 years old. I will ask more shops. Thanks.

If they are 900's and not some other model in the 900 series like S912 for example they are no longer indemnified. That means that if a shop adjusts the bindings and you get hurt, Salomon will not pay the cost of defending the lawsuit.  You might be able to find a shop that will adjust them after you sign a waiver, but most shops won't bother with that.  Even if you sign a waiver you could still sue, and even if the suit wasn't justified the shop would still have to pay a lawyer to get the suit dismissed. And I suspect the shop's liability insurance company won't let them work on non indemnified bindings.  They don't make enough adjusting bindings to justify the risk.

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

 

If they are 900's and not some other model in the 900 series

 

Yeh, a pair of these would fit the purchase date.

post #14 of 14
I'm still skiing Xwave 10's, two pair. I hate buying boots!
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