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Time for new gear?? [10yo gear due to 10 year hiatus, in FL]

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Need advice. I have been off the snow for 10 years now. The gear I have is probably a bit older than that but it was hardly used. FYI boots are Nordica's The Beast and Skis are Nordica SUV 12x. Is it time to change the gear or is it ok with some TLC? Keep in mind the gear is almost new but has been sitting in storage for all that time. Greatly appreciate any feedback. 

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OK ... so I am no expert and many others who are will chime in.  10 year old boots will have needed to be stored very well for the plastic to have maintained it's integrity.  IF, they were an awesome fit in a boot that I loved, loved, loved ... I might pull them out and give them a go.  The skis will still work fine, but the bindings may no longer be safe - a good shop can tell you. More importantly, ski equipment has progressed so much in the last 10 years that it is totally worth it to buy some of the newer equipment. It is much easier to ski than the older equipment.

 

Edited to Add ... sorry for being a jerk and not starting with a HUGE welcome back to the world of skiing!

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Need advice. I have been off the snow for 10 years now. The gear I have is probably a bit older than that but it was hardly used. FYI boots are Nordica's The Beast and Skis are Nordica SUV 12x. Is it time to change the gear or is it ok with some TLC? Keep in mind the gear is almost new but has been sitting in storage for all that time. Greatly appreciate any feedback. 


Welcome to EpicSki!  Is the region you live in related to your username?  Do you have a decent ski shop nearby?  Might be worth having a tech take a look and give you an opinion.

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Mustski, you bring up a great point regarding the fit. The boots were never a great fit and add the age, I will get fitted for new ones. Marznc, yes I do live in the South (FLA to be exact) and we don't have fitters as such. Just a handful of stores that sell equipment. It's just a shame to have to get rid of equipment that barely saw the snow. 

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Mustski, you bring up a great point regarding the fit. The boots were never a great fit and add the age, I will get fitted for new ones. Marznc, yes I do live in the South (FLA to be exact) and we don't have fitters as such. Just a handful of stores that sell equipment. It's just a shame to have to get rid of equipment that barely saw the snow. 


I understand.  I had some gear like that.  Straight skis bought in the early 1980s as a package deal with rear-entry boots.  Used them maybe 10 days over 10 years.  Skis are still sitting in the closet.  Long since replaced the boots . . . more than once.  Didn't start skiing regularly until about 10 years ago when I was a retired older mom with a kid who turned out to like skiing from Day 1.  We live in North Carolina.

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I would definitely suggest springing for new equipment. I see you've already opted to get new boots, and that's good. My very strong suggestion is not to buy your boots down there in Florida. Buy the boots from a shop that has a fully qualified bootfitter. You can find a good bootfitter by searching around the Ask the Boot Guys thread here, or asking people here about the mountains you're going to, and who they recommend. This will probably mean waiting until you are on your ski trip. I know that's stressful, having to wait until you're actually on your way to the hill to buy boots, but the difference a good bootfitter makes will be so huge that its worth the hassle and possibly getting to your destination a day early or skipping a morning of skiing. In the end, any skiing time you miss  you will make up, I promise you. A well fitted boot won't make your feet hurt or get numb and cold like a poorly fitted boot, meaning you won't have to stop skiing to take your boots off and rest your feet. Also, a well fitted and properly aligned boot will allow you to ski much more efficiently, so you won't get tired as quickly. Both of those things means more runs per day, and more enjoyment out of every single run. Well worth staring out a boot shop window at the mountain for an hour or two. 

 

I'd also suggest new skis as well. First, bindings tend to suffer from fatigue just as boots do, even when they aren't being used. Especially if your bindings spent this whole time being stored under tension, which is a fairly likely. If you didn't loosen the tension springs all the way to their minimum before putting them in storage, those springs and the whole release mechanism have been under stress for an entire decade. It may not seem that much, until you realize that mechanism was designed to hold many hundreds of pounds of force and energy in place. That's a lot of strain. And in the end, your binding is a safety device. Its designed to minimize your chance of injury. Binding manufacturers have what are called indemnification lists, meaning each year they put out a list of bindings that they say should still work as designed. Those lists generally go back about 10-12 years. Older bindings are no longer backed by their manufacturers. Do you want to be using a binding that is at best borderline? I wouldn't. 

 

Also, skis themselves have come a very long way in the last 10 years. Because of that, new equipment is definitely the way to go. 

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Thank you freeski919. You are correct, I never loosen the tension in the bindings and now ten years later just noticed. I am coming to grips with the fact that I must get ALL new gear:yahoo:. Thanks all for the feedback. Next stop, boot fitter in Vail

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