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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Is there any technical necessity for the vendor to have access to the customer's boots before mounting the bindings? This is my first ski purchase and the shop I'm dealing with requires I sign a waiver and ship both boots to them. I bought two sets of skis (for me and the wife) so that means shipping 4 boots across the country. I questioned the necessity of sending both boots and he backed off and allowed as how one would work but he preferred two. Still, the shipping cost is almost $100.00

 

I don't know diddly about this subject but it would seem that the only real decision you need to make when mounting bindings is whether to place them in the center or not. Wouldn't knowing the overall boot size be close enough? Bindings adjust to the owner's size and skis don't have lefts and rights so there's at least a 50% chance that I would put them on the "wrong" foot anyways! And what if I buy new boots next year?

 

This seems like an overabundance of caution and/or ass covering n'est pas?

 

Please educate me.

post #2 of 11
I can appreciate how they need your boots to cover their a$$, but would suggest a few alternatives.
Mount your own bindings or take the skis to a local shop and have them mount the bindings.
Good luck.
post #3 of 11
I just got a pair from Start Haus with some bindings and they mounted them before shipping. I just had to tell them my boot sole length, age, height, weight, and skier level. They mounted and set the DIN settings without me or my boots there. I'm assuming they can just use any boot with the same BSL.
post #4 of 11

Same as gmoney, StartHaus mounted the bindings to my skis before shipping, I just need to tell the the BSL and level so they can adust the DIN.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

The Oregon shop is not charging any extra to mount the bindings it's just the shipping cost that surprised me.  I don't think that taking my brand new "internet" skis into my local (Florida) ski shop is going to be any less money. My local guys did a wonderful job selling and fitting our boots but had no selection of skis to choose from when it came time to purchase skis. Plus, they also charge a lot. I have to admit that I didn't want them to know! (as if they care).

 

As for doing it myself, I would be happy to but my wife would have none of it. She even took me to task for adjusting the DIN setting on my rentals when we were in Whitefish. I had popped out twice in very easy conditions...

 

Her:  "Do you know what you're doing"

 

Me:  "Honey, it's a screw driver, I'm moving it from 5 to 6"

 

Her: "Don't blame me if you break your leg"

 

-rolls eyes...

post #6 of 11

A boot isn't needed in the actual hardware mounting (where all they need is numbers, a template/jig, drill screws and glue used).  

But then you do need the actual boot to do the final adjustments and check of the binding.  

The only tools needed for the adjustment is a screwdriver;   But for piece of mind it's recommended you go to a shop to check or do the work for you, and also do a function test on a machine (which you won't have).

 

You will find many shops who will do the mount with just your BSL.  But if a shop doesn't want to do it without the boot, that's their own policies.  Just like how costco won't mount tires except for OEM spec(including speed rating) that is in the computer.

Maybe they had too many customers tell them the wrong BSL or had non-conforming boots, and had complaints and drama and undeserved bad reviews from customers who then needed a remount.  

 

 

Do it locally or at a shop near the resort when you finally do go skiing (might take overnight) rather then shipping your boots.

 

You may also find that you will get discounted or even free mount, if you include at least buy one hardgood from them (ski, boot, binding); which may affect your calculations for savings from that particular internet vendor.


Edited by raytseng - 3/28/14 at 12:09pm
post #7 of 11
I was worried too, but Skiessentials just asked for my sole length and they mounted them. When they got here I took them to REI and they adjusted the DIN and inspected them for $20 bucks. Worked out great.
post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fuller View Post

 

Her:  "Do you know what you're doing"

 

Me:  "Honey, it's a screw driver, I'm moving it from 5 to 6"

 

Her: "Don't blame me if you break your leg"

 

 

 

I believe the proper response on her part should be:

 

"Well, if you fall and break your leg, don't come running to me."

 

That's what my older sister always said anyway. 

post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by raytseng View Post
 

A boot isn't needed in the actual hardware mounting (where all they need is numbers, a template/jig, drill screws and glue used).  

But then you do need the actual boot to do the final adjustments and check of the binding.  

 

Exactly. 

 

It's probably cheaper to have them send you the skis and bindings and pay someone locally to mount them.  

 

A mount & release check is about $40.  release check alone is about $20.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Well since the boots were already in the box and I was standing at the counter at UPS I went through with it. Oh well.

post #11 of 11

In any case they only need one boot for each skier, not the pair.

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