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non skiier - what are these skis?

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Pardon my interruption, please.  I have a question that Google and Ebay have failed to answer despite several hours of digging so I figured I'd take it to some experts. 

I've been taking care of my father's estate and was cleaning out his storage locker when I found his ski gear. I haven't been on the slopes since I was a kid (when everything was still flexible and when I still bounced) so I have no idea what I'm looking at here.  When it comes to the age, quality, any semblance of value or usefulness in the present day, I'm totally clueless.  

Head ECT9 Super Heat 3 boots MP280 - according to the sticker on the box.  There's a sticker on the boot toes that says 28.0.  I assume that is the size?  Euro size or something?

Here are a few pics of the skis.  They're not like anything I can remember from back in the day when we wore wood slats roped to our snow boots. LOL   ;)  They are 38.5"long and 3" wide and the tips are curved on both ends.

Thanks in advance for any help identifying these.

Jami

 

post #2 of 8

From the bindings, they look like snowblades (aka, skiboards):  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowblades

 

Essentially very short skis that went through something of a craze back in the mid-90s.

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Yes, snow blades.  Think this way: Snowboard = skateboard; snow blades = roller blades.  

 

As Kevin says, they were popular in the late 90's and early 2000's, but fell into the "fad" category for most.  

However, like other fads, they have some adherents still.  Easy to use poorly, but with attention a great tool for learning balance, edging, carving.  My son could carve tight railroad track turns on them.  

 

If you're looking to sell them, don't expect too much: I think they were $100-175 new.  But ya never know.  Try Ebay or look for niche forums/communities online dedicated to snow blades.  I saw someone on a pair just last week.  

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Thank you Kevin and tch.  

From what you can see, either of ya' have any idea of the (possible) manufacturer so I can at least try to dig up more details on them?
Is the Magic Blade the manufacturer?

Jami

post #5 of 8

The non-release bindings are also just the ticket for fractures and knee injuries. Even among people that still go out on snowblades, most don't consider bindings like that to be safe.

 

Yes- the size of the boot is 28. It is called mondo sizing.

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Originally Posted by vapordog View Post
 

Thank you Kevin and tch.  

From what you can see, either of ya' have any idea of the (possible) manufacturer so I can at least try to dig up more details on them?
Is the Magic Blade the manufacturer?

Jami

 

Probably...  I had tried Googling Magic Blade skiboards earlier and nothing really turned up though.

 

I did fine this though:  http://www.skiboardsonline.com/forums/forum.php.  Somebody there might have a better idea of what you have and what its possible value is (somebody here might as well...).

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Yes- the size of the boot is 28. It is called mondo sizing.

 

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Probably...  I had tried Googling Magic Blade skiboards earlier and nothing really turned up though.

 

 

Yep...same here.  Google isn't always the be-all end-all for our questions, after all!  LOL.

Thanks for passing along the skiboards forum link.  

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