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RANT & Poll - Optimal timeframe for ski gear turnover

Poll Results: What is the optimal turnover for ski gear?

 
  • 12% (3)
    Within the first season of use
  • 8% (2)
    After 1 year
  • 12% (3)
    After 2 years
  • 40% (10)
    After 3 years
  • 28% (7)
    Take it to the grave....
25 Total Votes  
post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Recently I had a mild panic attack when I thought the knock at the door was a camera crew from A&E coming to film an issue of "Hoarders".....

It seams we've amassed a rather excessive collection of gear that no one wants & I can't move. This lead me to ponder exactly how long should I keep gear around?! Just because I value a set of skis does not indicate they have any value.

Recently I thought I was paying it forward & gave away some gear here. Only trouble was wrapping, taping, boxing, shipping, PM'ing, calling, emailing.... I was paying for the gear all over again- gear that owed me nada & worth nada. cool.gif

Ultimately I ended up giving stuff away at work & having an appreciation for people who never picked up their stuff from the swap.

So how long do you hold onto gear without being trapped? If you don't see me on the mtn, please ask for a 'welfare check'- I may be trapped under straight skis in the garage!
post #2 of 23

I have limited space.  When I come across a smokin' deal (like barely used wih bindings for under $200) on something I really think I'll like better than something else already in my quiver I'll pull the trigger and get it.  If I ski it and like it better than something similar then I retire the replaced gear to the fence out back,.. Screwed to the fence I can still look at it fondly and remember the good times.  Some things I will try to give away and ship to other bears when it is something still in REALLY good shape that I just don't have room for.  But, if it is pretty skied out I'd rather keep it and remember the fun I had riding it than send someone else a trashed ski.

 

I appreciate folks here that offer up moderately used gear for shipping and a song.  With only getting out occasionally deals like that enable me to have a diverse quiver for very little cost in order to usually have the proper tool along without having to invest thousands in gear.  I don't need anything new or latest year model to be happy.  

post #3 of 23

Not really a good answer on that poll for me.  I tend to get rid of the old once I have made sure that I like the replacement - I keep a maximum of 2 pairs of in-use skis.  The "old" skis might be 2-5 years old, depends when I decide to replace them.  For some older stuff I left laying around, they made good slats for Adirondack chairs.

post #4 of 23
By the time I get rid of it, I WOULDN'T sell it. Got a garage of it. Keep saying I'm going to make a fence, but so far it's just accumulating.
post #5 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

Recently I had a mild panic attack when I thought the knock at the door was a camera crew from A&E coming to film an issue of "Hoarders".....

It seams we've amassed a rather excessive collection of gear

 

:worthless

post #6 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

Recently I had a mild panic attack when I thought the knock at the door was a camera crew from A&E coming to film an issue of "Hoarders".....

It seams we've amassed a rather excessive collection of gear that no one wants & I can't move. This lead me to ponder exactly how long should I keep gear around?! Just because I value a set of skis does not indicate they have any value.
 

 

 

Hmmm you know there is a standard to be met here. 

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20070623061521/http://www.narsil.org/Dana/dana.html

post #7 of 23

So it depends on what your question is.  Are you asking how long you should keep gear?  Or are you asking how long should you keep gear that know you're going to want to sell and therefore has to still be in decent shape and in demand (and therefore worth something still) when the time comes?  If the former, keep it as long as you have room for it.  If the latter, it seems to me that the price you can get for it really starts dropping off after about 2 years (except in the case of unusually high demand skis) and after about 5 years, there's very little market left for it at all (again, except in the case of high demand skis).

 

I don't really buy skis with the intention of selling them.  I ski them until I don't want to ski them anymore.  If I can still sell them at that point, whenever that is, great.  If not, that's ok, that's the cost of the sport.


Edited by jaobrien6 - 11/25/14 at 2:37pm
post #8 of 23

Two approaches, I have used both (ski 40-60 days a season):

 

1) Same year. If unsure of whether I'll love it, use it in good conditions, which means January or February, and if not as desired, sell in Oct. of the following season, very low mileage. 

 

2) 2 years. New is off its performance by then, and a technological cycle is looming. 

 

FWIW, Hoarders would pass on me because the wide angle lenses couldn't encompass all the stuff. 


Edited by beyond - 11/25/14 at 2:45pm
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

worthless.gif

The pictures aren't even worth it, as it would be of 20 pairs of black ski pants and two dozen sets of look pivots, speed suits, super G skis, boots, lifters and plates, five sets of Mondo 22 race liners....


Just when I thought it was making progress, my wife got three new pairs of race skis today.
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
The @ExoticSkis crew has commitments for 27 new skis this year + last years stuff + I'm skiing for DPS this season...



post #11 of 23

Don't make the mistake to hold on stuff so long that it's not worth the shipping cost anymore....
BTDT 
;)

post #12 of 23
If you're not happy with it after a dozen days, sell it while it's still worth something, or tweak it to make you happy.

Equipment that you're happy with should be used until worthless 'cept for decoration mebee
post #13 of 23
This is going to be a classic thread on Epic....

So,...I rarely end up with skis I don't like these days as I get the benefit of having an opportunity to test multiple skis during the season and chat about them with the few and on the hill. So I'm usually making a fairly informed decision. I used to turn skis over every year because there is always a great deal on a good ski at the end of the season. Now I buy skis that I really like and so I hold on to them for two years or more, just like beyond.
post #14 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldjeep View Post
 

Not really a good answer on that poll for me.  I tend to get rid of the old once I have made sure that I like the replacement - I keep a maximum of 2 pairs of in-use skis.  The "old" skis might be 2-5 years old, depends when I decide to replace them.  For some older stuff I left laying around, they made good slats for Adirondack chairs.


opps

post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 


Here is a perfect example of a complete fail: 2008? SG with an Edgewise tune & FKS plate- never skied.

Perhaps this years 24 hours of Stratton....
post #16 of 23

When budget allows for upgrade, unless of course iriponsnow you want me to take the stuff you don't use any more and use (I mean store) it for you ;)

 

G

post #17 of 23
I'm a hoarder I guess but pale in comparison to some of what has been posted. I went to a swap a couple years ago with 3 sets of skis that were pretty decent set ups and before I got from the parking lot to the swap two guys approached me wanting to buy what I had. They asked me how much and I thought $100 a pair was a bargain and they looked at me and said they were only prepared to pay $20!

They were older guys and not poor students so I declined. I guess my mindset on gear is I probably never really needed it, and it was an indulgence and I hate to get rid of it or just give it away.

Plus much of what I have (carving narrower skis) does not appeal to too many skiers anymore.
post #18 of 23

Not a good choice in the poll.  Primary ski(s) gets recycled - every year to two, depending on life left in them.  These are used frequently until bases or spring is not as good, and then get turned into early season rock skis and might die a quick death. 

 

Skis I buy but don't like are sometimes gone in less than a year.  I try not to do this, but it happens.

 

Special use skis (e.g., fat powder) may stay longer, especially if I really like them.  These are not used as much, depending on the year/conditions, so they last longer.  If I like how they ski, I don't care about getting the latest hyped  "New Technology"

 

I also have some carving skis (old GS and SL race skis) that are used less frequently but are kept because they still have good life in them and are fun on the infrequent groomer days. 

 

BC skis tend to stay a bit longer, again because of somewhat less frequent use.   If I'm not happy with them, then they are sold quickly.

 

Some skis get recycled...for example... I put AT bindiings on a pair of previously resort used JJs for BC big pow days - they still had some life left and are not used as much as my normal BC skis, so they will stick around for quite a few more years.  I really like that JJs on big powder days.

 

Some skis I get attached to and stick around for no real reason.  Others go to swaps or the dumpster.

 

For me, there is always some sort of calculation that includes how much I like the skis and what use they serve or might serve.

post #19 of 23

Hmmmm, when they are trashed (and need replacing) or when they haven't seen snow in a couple of seasons .... unfortunately I have a couple of pairs of skis in that the latter category.

post #20 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

Recently I had a mild panic attack when I thought the knock at the door was a camera crew from A&E coming to film an issue of "Hoarders".....

It seams we've amassed a rather excessive collection of gear that no one wants & I can't move. This lead me to ponder exactly how long should I keep gear around?! Just because I value a set of skis does not indicate they have any value.

Recently I thought I was paying it forward & gave away some gear here. Only trouble was wrapping, taping, boxing, shipping, PM'ing, calling, emailing.... I was paying for the gear all over again- gear that owed me nada & worth nada. cool.gif

Ultimately I ended up giving stuff away at work & having an appreciation for people who never picked up their stuff from the swap.

So how long do you hold onto gear without being trapped? If you don't see me on the mtn, please ask for a 'welfare check'- I may be trapped under straight skis in the garage!

Before you start worrying about your hoarding, read a little in this forum: http://www.thegearpage.net/board/forumdisplay.php?f=20

50 or more guitars, dozens of amps is par for the course for a lot of these guys--and a lot of the stuff makes full priced ski gear look cheap. Used guitars and amps are a lot easier to sell for a decent price than skis, though.

post #21 of 23

I guess I could easily divide my quiver into race skis and big mountain skis or fat and skinny if you like.  I've been skiing my SLs and GSs for quite a few seasons.....six or seven?...... they're pristine and have plenty of life left.  I'll prolly be skiin' 'em in six or seven years.

 

Now my bigger boards tend to get trashed in a season or two at which point they turn into decoration.

 

I've purchased a few pair from you Bears over the years and I have mucho appreciation.  It might be nice to return the favor but ya know, I think my Dad gave me a couple of hoarder genes and Phil got all my salesman genes.  I just have very little interest in giving up my boards if the still have a bit of potential value to me.

post #22 of 23
i refuse to answer on the grounds that I would skew the poll......smile.gif

But I also find myself with 5 pairs of DH skis in the closet and we haven't had a DH for over 6 years.......
post #23 of 23
I pulled out 2 pair that haven't seen snow in a few years. One pair of Stockli I will ski. The other pair donate to adaptive program. A new pair arrived to mount so never seem to decline in skis.
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