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Bent ski - fixable?

post #1 of 29
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I took my skis off last Saturday at lunch and noticed one of them was a little bent out of shape. I took a fall a little earlier and must have been skiing a run or two on this before I noticed (maybe because my shoulder was in pain I didn't notice the bent ski). Is this fixable or not?

 

 

 

post #2 of 29

Nice!  :)Thumbs Up

post #3 of 29
Totally unfixable ...however this will be a good spring parking lot surfer...
post #4 of 29

Um....yeah.  Depends a lot on what you consider "fixable".  

 

If you were planning to ski these on most any slope and hope/expect to get normal performance out of them....No.

If you were planning to try pond-skimming, asphalt-surfing, or rock-skiing....maybe.

 

 

I can't see the ski itself; any chance they would be under warranty?

post #5 of 29

Bid farewell...

 

Time for new ones!!

post #6 of 29
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Um....yeah.  Depends a lot on what you consider "fixable".  

 

If you were planning to ski these on most any slope and hope/expect to get normal performance out of them....No.

If you were planning to try pond-skimming, asphalt-surfing, or rock-skiing....maybe.

 

 

I can't see the ski itself; any chance they would be under warranty?

They are 2015 Bonafides, purchased brand new in mid December, although I bought them off eBay so I'm not sure Blizzard would honor the warranty since they weren't purchased from an authorized reseller.

post #7 of 29

and you were just skiing along, eh?

 

 

Seriously, what were you doing?   I ask because anyone you might approach about a warranty probably will.    



 

post #8 of 29
Maybe black market counterfeits?
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ebes1099 View Post
 

...............I took a fall a little earlier and must have been skiing a run or two on this before I noticed (maybe because my shoulder was in pain I didn't notice the bent ski)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Good God man!     Is this guy a relative of yours?

 

post #10 of 29
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Maybe black market counterfeits?

 

I had this wacky scenario where the tech didn't drill the binding screws properly and tried to force the screws home just by turning the screwdriver, so that the upper threads which did bite lifted the upper layer of core off the ski as the lower threads just spun around in place.    But yours is about as likely I reckon. 

post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

and you were just skiing along, eh?

 

 

Seriously, what were you doing?   I ask because anyone you might approach about a warranty probably will.    



 

Ha, I was not just skiing along. I hit a jump coming out of the woods and didn't land it very smoothly. Hence why I said my shoulder was hurting.

 

Since I broke it falling, I wasn't expecting it to be covered under warranty anyway (unless warranty is suppose to cover that, I didn't expect it to). But it doesn't sound like I can take it into a shop and have them fix it. And I'm guessing it's not easy to buy just 1 ski so I'll have to start looking for a new pair.

post #12 of 29

My brother in law did basically the exact same thing to his Cochise's. They warrantied him a new pair, but be bought them at an authorized dealer.

post #13 of 29
If you bought it authorized you would have a good chance that it would be replaced, perhaps as good will rather than the warranty wording
Youd also have a secondary layer of protection from your credit card. Many cards offer 90 to 180days of purchase protection even if the damage was your fault.

Oh well time to go shopping
post #14 of 29

How's the shoulder?

post #15 of 29

I was able to buy 1 ski to replace one I bent in the bumps Stein's Run at Sugarbush.  Granted it was a few decades ago and Dynastar was in Burlington.  I called them and they had some unpaired skis from warranty returns and sold me a ski for not a lot of money.  Probably worth an email to the manufacturer or their rep.

post #16 of 29

Ebes,

That's much more than a bent ski!  It's bent, which in turn split the core.  It's not really a candidate for a repair.  I would simply take the receipt for your online purchase to an authorized Blizzard dealer and ask them to call your return in for a Return Authorization ( aka R.A. number).  If all the dealer has to do is make the call, then they are much more willing to help you out.  You can also buy a ski box from them to ship them, and let them know you'll bring the new pair back for them to mount!  Send them in and you should receive a new pair!  Bending and splitting the core of the ski behind the heal is very rare and would indicate a compromise of the materials in the strongest part of the ski.  Good luck, and I hope you are able to keep skiing while you wait!

Bob

post #17 of 29
Geezus...

Buy new skis. Your fault. You fix the issue. Ski is not repairable. Nice job.
post #18 of 29

...just skiing along....

post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ebes1099 View Post
 

Ha, I was not just skiing along. I hit a jump coming out of the woods and didn't land it very smoothly. Hence why I said my shoulder was hurting.

 

Since I broke it falling, I wasn't expecting it to be covered under warranty anyway (unless warranty is suppose to cover that, I didn't expect it to). But it doesn't sound like I can take it into a shop and have them fix it. And I'm guessing it's not easy to buy just 1 ski so I'll have to start looking for a new pair.

 

I'm sure you've heard that the ski is toast from enough people here.

 

That said, I would definitely call the manufacturer and see if they would be willing to do anything for you. They do get a lot of "I was just skiing down a groomed run and the ski exploded" so sometimes honesty is refreshing and pays off. Most of us expect our new skis to not explode simply because they left the ground at some point.

post #20 of 29
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 Most of us expect our new skis to not explode simply because they left the ground at some point.

 

Pretty sure the problem occurred when they returned to the ground ;)

post #21 of 29
Buy a new pair from an authorized dealer, then wait a couple of weeks and then see about sending back the broken ones. Then sell a pair or keep 2 pairs.
post #22 of 29
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Buy a new pair from an authorized dealer, then wait a couple of weeks and then see about sending back the broken ones. Then sell a pair or keep 2 pairs.

Manus - that is called fraud even though people do it all the time.  Not fair to the ski mfgr.

post #23 of 29
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Buy a new pair from an authorized dealer, then wait a couple of weeks and then see about sending back the broken ones. Then sell a pair or keep 2 pairs.

Let me see if I am understanding this. Because the way it's written it sounds like you are going to hope the old, damaged skis can appear to be the new skis you bought from the authorized dealer and that he won't have a record of the serial number he sold you and you can essentially defraud him by trying to return the damaged skis.
post #24 of 29
I never said it was kosher - but it is done all the time and I will not mention specifics about it (I've also worked at a shop that processed a ski for a well known customer this way even after I voiced my opinion stating the same thing Lebowski and sibhusky mention).

But to be honest, you might want to bring it to the shop that mounted the binding. I wonder if there could have been an issue with the mount (wrong bit possibly) seeing how it was clearly the binding screw that "pulled" the metal sheet from from the core - just look at how tight the top sheet is to the binding and the metal sheet didn't just delaminate but the threads also pulled out of the wood core. It's worth a peek at what was done and if it could have played into the structural failure. I would look at bit depth, bit width, wood core integrity (could the wood have had a problem) and start from there.
Edited by Manus - 3/13/15 at 8:49pm
post #25 of 29

I would not try to warranty it.  Clearly you abused the ski. 

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Originally Posted by Ebes1099 View Post
 

I took my skis off last Saturday at lunch and noticed one of them was a little bent out of shape. I took a fall a little earlier and must have been skiing a run or two on this before I noticed (maybe because my shoulder was in pain I didn't notice the bent ski). Is this fixable or not?

Yeah, shoulder injuries can be distracting at times.

post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post
 

 

I'm sure you've heard that the ski is toast from enough people here.

 

That said, I would definitely call the manufacturer and see if they would be willing to do anything for you. They do get a lot of "I was just skiing down a groomed run and the ski exploded" so sometimes honesty is refreshing and pays off. Most of us expect our new skis to not explode simply because they left the ground at some point.

 

Just a final update if anyone wanted to know. I emailed Blizzard and told them what happened, and that I bought the skis on eBay and asked if they'd be willing to work with me at all to replace them. The first reply I got from them was that I needed to go back to the retailer I purchased them from on eBay. Since I had purchased them from an individual I didn't have much hope he'd be able to do a warranty exchange for me, but I sent the guy a message anyway. After not hearing back from him in a couple weeks, I replied to Blizzard and explained that I had reached out but I hadn't heard back. The rep responded to me with a case number and told me to send the skis in to Blizzard. I packaged them up and sent them in and a week later got a box at the house with a brand new pair of 2016's. Pretty awesome customer service by Blizzard/Tecnica on this one and I'm very thankful they helped me out.

post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ebes1099 View Post

Just a final update if anyone wanted to know. I emailed Blizzard and told them what happened, and that I bought the skis on eBay and asked if they'd be willing to work with me at all to replace them. The first reply I got from them was that I needed to go back to the retailer I purchased them from on eBay. Since I had purchased them from an individual I didn't have much hope he'd be able to do a warranty exchange for me, but I sent the guy a message anyway. After not hearing back from him in a couple weeks, I replied to Blizzard and explained that I had reached out but I hadn't heard back. The rep responded to me with a case number and told me to send the skis in to Blizzard. I packaged them up and sent them in and a week later got a box at the house with a brand new pair of 2016's. Pretty awesome customer service by Blizzard/Tecnica on this one and I'm very thankful they helped me out.

Wow-that is great customer service.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ebes1099 View Post
 

 

Just a final update if anyone wanted to know. I emailed Blizzard and told them what happened, and that I bought the skis on eBay and asked if they'd be willing to work with me at all to replace them. The first reply I got from them was that I needed to go back to the retailer I purchased them from on eBay. Since I had purchased them from an individual I didn't have much hope he'd be able to do a warranty exchange for me, but I sent the guy a message anyway. After not hearing back from him in a couple weeks, I replied to Blizzard and explained that I had reached out but I hadn't heard back. The rep responded to me with a case number and told me to send the skis in to Blizzard. I packaged them up and sent them in and a week later got a box at the house with a brand new pair of 2016's. Pretty awesome customer service by Blizzard/Tecnica on this one and I'm very thankful they helped me out.

 

Awesome and thanks for sharing.

 

I find a lot of companies are willing to work with folks that are straight with them. No need to defraud somebody (and the "buy a new ski and then warranty the broken skis as if they were the new pair" qualifies), especially when committing fraud with monetary amounts over $500 commonly falls into felony territory...

 

Lots of times honesty goes a long way- and it doesn't burn bridges in the process.

post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post
 

 

Awesome and thanks for sharing.

 

I find a lot of companies are willing to work with folks that are straight with them. No need to defraud somebody (and the "buy a new ski and then warranty the broken skis as if they were the new pair" qualifies), especially when committing fraud with monetary amounts over $500 commonly falls into felony territory...

 

Lots of times honesty goes a long way- and it doesn't burn bridges in the process.

 

If only more people heeded that advise.

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