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Buying demo'd skis to save money

post #1 of 11
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What do you guys think about buying a demo ski that has only been taken out 8-10 times to save money?
Something feels wrong about buying a ski that's already been used.. But it is probably just my ego.
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Originally Posted by EJLBQ2 View Post

it is probably just my ego.

:popcorn 

 

 

 

 

Demo ski's are a great way to save money - make sure they're well cared for and enjoy your discount.  Skis are a lot like cars, most drop hugely in value once taken out of the showroom.

post #3 of 11

Tons of threads about this if you do a search here.  Most agree with Magi.  Get a good pair and you'll be happy.

post #4 of 11

When you're looking at demo skis be sure to scrutinize the edges. If you can still see the ceramic disc finish from the factory the ski has never been tuned……unless the shop has a ceramic edger. A ski that still has it's ceramic finish (striations in the base and side edge) likely means the ski sat in the stable. A ski with these striations likely means the ski didn't go out enough to warrant a tune. Now, I realize that there are some shops out there that will tune their demo fleet right away……which throws this insight right out the window….but the edges are the first thing I look at when picking up a used demo ski.


Edited by ShopGimp - 10/23/14 at 10:31am
post #5 of 11

Well..depends. 

 

Like buying anything used, not a blanket statement if it is a better deal or not. Depends on how it was maintained and used. Personally, I would only consider a ski that has a Marker Royal Demo binding (Griffon or Jester but not a Squire, too light) or if it has a factory system binding that also can be used in a demo environment. 

 

Demo bindings I would not want and I would have to replace: Tyrolia Syncro, Look/Rossi demo, Salomon Demo but thats just me, all of these, while easy to adjust, can neuter the performance of the ski by being heavy and inefficient. 

post #6 of 11

The timing of the purchase is a consideration.  Most demos are sold in late season after being used for a year.  Although the shop at Big Sky said they keep skis in their demo fleet for two years before selling them.  Demo bindings are heavy, if that makes any difference to you.

 

A couple relevant threads:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/124403/used-demos-skis

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/109312/purchasing-demo-skis-questions

 

When you find something specific, can come back and ask for comments.

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by EJLBQ2 View Post

What do you guys think about buying a demo ski that has only been taken out 8-10 times to save money?
Something feels wrong about buying a ski that's already been used.. But it is probably just my ego.

its a ski, not toilet paper.....

 

caveat emptor however...  Since a large majority of the regulars around here are proud of our buying and selling of used ski's, I am baffled by how you would thing there's something wrong about it.  Of course, if you want to buy new, there are plenty of folks here who will be happy to sell you a pair or 3.

 

OR you could buy some of the shop folks used and demo ski's and buy with confidence from them. Thumbs Up

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Demo bindings I would not want and I would have to replace: Tyrolia Syncro, Look/Rossi demo, Salomon Demo but thats just me, all of these, while easy to adjust, can neuter the performance of the ski by being heavy and inefficient. 

 

I hate to contradict you, but no, its not just you.   :D   The Look/Rossi I particularly dislike.

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What about Atomic XTO12 demo bindings?

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

 
Demo bindings I would not want and I would have to replace: Tyrolia Syncro, Look/Rossi demo, Salomon Demo but thats just me, all of these, while easy to adjust, can neuter the performance of the ski by being heavy and inefficient. 

I hate to contradict you, but no, its not just you.   biggrin.gif    The Look/Rossi I particularly dislike.

Are you contradicting me or not?
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What about Atomic XTO12 demo bindings?
Same as the Salomon
post #11 of 11

The Atomic XTO12 or the Salomon Z12 are fine bindings. No, I would not seek out a Z12 to put on a new ski, but they do a adequate job. 

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