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is it a bad idea to buy an old new ski?

post #1 of 14
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like some of the crazy deals one can find at level9 and stores like that?

some good deals on 10/11 / 11/12 skis floating around!

those skis even though brand new had been around for quite a few summers already...
post #2 of 14
No, it's not a bad idea. Some very popular 11/12 skis are still in production or have just finished production this season.
post #3 of 14
I've purchased some older models from L9 and have been very happy.
Ninthward THA and Élan Boomerangs.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post

like some of the crazy deals one can find at level9 and stores like that?

some good deals on 10/11 / 11/12 skis floating around!

those skis even though brand new had been around for quite a few summers already...

I thought you meant old. A couple, three years isn't old.

I've bought brand new 9 year old skis and they were perfect and still came with the manufacturers warranty (from date of purchase). I even called Elan and they verified the warranty and stated that graphics, design changes, wax deterioration and dust aside, the skis are still in brand new condition.

Think of it as buying a "mint condition" coin and not a new car that hasn't sold and had been sitting on a car lot for three years. The car has fluids that are breaking down and will need replacing and has had the sun beating on it.

Ptex is one of the things we worry about at the land fills taking 2000 years to break down. There might be surface rust on the edges and the bindings might need re-greasing, but I doubt it, and you'll want to put a fresh tune on new skis anyway.

Go for it.

Ken
post #5 of 14
In March I bought a pair of 2011/2012 Volkl Shiro's new still in the wrapper. Skied them about 7 or 8 day's late this season, they were great.
post #6 of 14

If its a ski that suits you, go for it. 

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
thank you people!
post #8 of 14

I actually prefer to buy 2-year old "new" skis because they can usually be bought for less than half the price of new ones, and by that time they have been thoroughly tested and reviewed by dozens of people.  As an example, this year I found a company selling some of last year's Line Influence 105s on line at a good discount, and a few pairs from the year before that for $200 less. With minimal research I discovered they were exactly the same ski with different top sheets. 

 

Many of the small independent companies keep some models virtually unchanged for years, you just need to do a little homework to figure out if this (or next) year's model is really a material improvement.  It is cool to have the latest equipment, but sometimes the extra $$ just buys you nothing more than the cool factor.

 

The only caveat is that sometimes the reason the skis were not sold is because of a defect.  It is a good practice to always check that the serial numbers match, the edges are not wavy, etc.  Always look a gift horse in the mouth.


Edited by mudfoot - 5/23/14 at 7:24am
post #9 of 14

Last year I bought a couple season old pair of park skis. First day out on them I had no less than 3 people offer to buy them off me. So yes it's fine to buy new skis that are a couple seasons old  

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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post

Last year I bought a couple season old pair of park skis. First day out on them I had no less than 3 people offer to buy them off me. So yes it's fine to buy new skis that are a couple seasons old  

There's nothing in skiing more disposable than park skis. I can't ever imagine buying full price current season ones even if I had more money than I knew what to do with.
post #11 of 14

I should have added that last year I bought brand new race skis that were two years old.  The only problem with them is I'm on top of them :cool

post #12 of 14

I'm racing on 2007 SL's that I bought new in 2009 and started using in 2011. They're fine, except like ^^^^, I'm running them. And the edges are getting pretty thin. 

post #13 of 14

Skis yes, boots yes, bindings be careful re indemnification issues.  Other wise great savings can be had that can go towards lift tickets.

post #14 of 14

Depends how crazy of a deal you're talking about, and how much you're really saving buying -2 or -3 season old skis versus just last season's skis.  Just like many other model year things, the bulk of the depreciation kicks in just after 1 year.  Then, if the ski has changed or if it was just topsheets.


Edited by raytseng - 5/24/14 at 9:49pm
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