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How to examine demo'd skis for damage

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1) I'm potentially going to be purchasing a pair of demo'd skis this weekend.  I don't have much experience examining skis--so could you all let me know what kind of things I should look for on the ski that would indicate the ski has been damaged or is not in good shape?

 

2) I may actually be able to purchase a new version of the ski I'm looking at for the same price as a demo version--but the new version comes without bindings.  Would you all recommend going for the new ski in this situation?  What advantage does the demo binding have?  It would seem that the biggest advantage would be the ability to move the binding fore/aft.

 

Thanks for your help!

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Being able to move the binding fore/aft can be very advantageous if you are not sure exactly which boot location skis best for you or if the bindings you are considering mounting otherwise have very little adjustment range.  Also, if the skis are "all-purpose", adjusting position based on conditions can be fun.  However, some demo bindings can develop slop quicker than others (a metal adjustment track is typically a good indicator of a durable demo binding).  Check bases for damage and remaining thickness.  Ski them to see if they have lost their rebound (loss of camber is a good indicator of this as well - if its a cambered ski).  Unless the binding is a large portion of the overall cost, I would go new...but that's a personal valuation.  

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Being able to move the binding fore/aft can be very advantageous if you are not sure exactly which boot location skis best for you or if the bindings you are considering mounting otherwise have very little adjustment range.  Also, if the skis are "all-purpose", adjusting position based on conditions can be fun.  However, some demo bindings can develop slop quicker than others (a metal adjustment track is typically a good indicator of a durable demo binding).  Check bases for damage and remaining thickness.  Ski them to see if they have lost their rebound (loss of camber is a good indicator of this as well - if its a cambered ski).  Unless the binding is a large portion of the overall cost, I would go new...but that's a personal valuation.  

Thanks!

 

How much are new bindings with an adjustable range?

 

I can check the bases for damage--but how do I go about quantifying the thickness of the bases?

 

Can you define rebound for me?

 

In terms of camber, the ski has both rocker and camber.   How could I make sure the ski's camber is in good shape?

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