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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hey all.

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on where to find spare parts for older Nordica boots. My brother had the heel pieces (attached to the boot with 4 screws) disentegrate on both skis after a day of skiing the ice in Vermont last week. (What a disastrous start to this season, but that's for another thread...)

He's a cheap bast*rd, and he loves these boots (Nordica 757), so he would rather try to keep these boots then to buy new ones.

I realize that buying an pair of similar boots used on eBay might be the only option, buy I'm hoping that someone out there might have a pipeline to a shop that stocks spare parts.

TIA,

ray
post #2 of 21
Hey Vermont_Skier!

Just wanted to let you know, that as of this very moment Nordica's warehouse (where I am sitting right now) is completely out of the replacement heels for the 757. This boot was manufactured in 1991, and unfortunately we do not carry parts for boots that old. At one time you could find random parts at langhorneski.com, with any luck they may be able to help you out. Most shops do not carry a supply of replacement parts, which is why you may find that everyone is saying "no", unfortunately this time they are correct!

Try to get your brother to toss some money in this economy of ours and get himself some new technology. He may love his old boots...but as you know, he'll love what's out there now!

Happy New Year, give me a shout and we'll make some turns!
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by vermont_skier
Hey all.

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on where to find spare parts for older Nordica boots. My brother had the heel pieces (attached to the boot with 4 screws) disentegrate on both skis after a day of skiing the ice in Vermont last week. (What a disastrous start to this season, but that's for another thread...)

He's a cheap bast*rd, and he loves these boots (Nordica 757), so he would rather try to keep these boots then to buy new ones.

I realize that buying an pair of similar boots used on eBay might be the only option, buy I'm hoping that someone out there might have a pipeline to a shop that stocks spare parts.

TIA,

ray
Green Mountain Orthotics(Stratton) does a lot of toe piece and heel piece manufacturing for their 'fore/aft' adjustments.....Whether you are into that or not...they may be able to make one up for you. Just a thought
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for both suggestions...I'll have my brother contact Langhorne Ski Shop (they're in PA, right? That URL is not working).

Thanks for the invite, ValleyGrlVt. Lucky for me, I'm escaping these horrible New England conditions and headed to Park City next week for 6 days. I can't wait. Though, it does look like some snow is headed towards New England over the next few days. Hopefully, it won't get washed away again.

Any other suggestions are still welcome.

Thanks,

-ray
post #5 of 21
The demise of the heel pieces is an indication that the boots themselves are succombing to age. I wouldn't trust those boots. It is not a pretty site to watch someone's boots shatter while they're skiing.
post #6 of 21
Rio... Its even less fun to be the guy who has the boots on that are shattering. Watching isnt fun, but experiencing it is downright unpleasant.
Later
GREG

..oh yeah... have him get new boots... or at least try a new pair. Old technology breaks. New technology breaks too, but not as easily, and it performs better up until the point it breaks.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Rio
The demise of the heel pieces is an indication that the boots themselves are succombing to age. I wouldn't trust those boots. It is not a pretty site to watch someone's boots shatter while they're skiing.
i have to agree with this. when one part of the boot goes, the rest is on the way. he's not going to have these boots much longer, regardless of whether he you two find replacement parts or not. also, i bet that the boot wouldn't pass a release check test.

many people don't believe they will ever be as comfortable in a new boot as they are in their old ones. if your brother goes to a good bootfitter and lets the bootifitter does his job, he'll have a better fitting boot that gives him more performance.

that said, Christy Sports in Colorado Springs probably has his replacement parts. they have two utility lockers full of old boot parts dating back over 30 years. (719) 597 5222 ask for jonny-b.
post #8 of 21

Nordica 757

Vermont Skier/Ray Nordica has replacement heel or sole plates that fit exactly. After I tried different places it was on a hope that I called Nordica. Go to their web site click on Parts in the middle of the page. If you struggle call their 800 number. I received "Aspen sole parts" which are an exact fit. They cost 30.00 and come in two sizes which you can figure by looking at the back side of the existing old parts. John
post #9 of 21
If your good with tools, replacement heel and toe pieces could easily be fabricated from plastic stock. Just make sure you are accurate or it might affect the binding release.
post #10 of 21

How about Nordica Front Entry Line 783 (270mm) boots? I need heel plates for them.  Thanks.


Edited by laurakorff - 1/8/11 at 9:22am
post #11 of 21

f your looking for replacement sole parts go to the nordica.com web site click on shop then click on parts then click on sole kits and order by size. trying to get these through Nordica dealers is not worth the time or effort

post #12 of 21

Just stumbled across this thread/website. I know this is a very old thread, but in case someone else stumbles on it I had to reply.

 

What a load of crap about boots getting ready to disintegrate simply because the heel plates are broken! Sounds like this forum is heavily trolled by corporate shills and ski shop owners! Or suckers who buy into their line of crap.

 

A heel plate is probably the most susceptible part of a boot to damage and abnormal wear. Think about it. You walk all over the place in your boots - around the lodge, in and out of the lodge, up and down stairs, etc. And, I've never seen anybody walk gracefully in ski boots. The heel plates get pounded. Of course heel and toe plates get broken. What's surprising is that they don't break more often or sooner!

 

(Also no surprise that the ski shops don't stock replacements. Just look at the replies here. They'd rather rape you for a new pair of boots and pocket a cool $400 profit than stock replacement parts to keep your boots in working order!)

 

So, anyway, if you can't find replacement parts, try finding some old boots with the same heel plate and cannibalize them. You can pick up used gear cheap. I've seen heel plates for $30. Chances are you could pick up a pair of older used boots for about that. Your brother could just wear the used pair, but if his are nice and broken-in with his foot he'd be better off just switching out the heel plates.

 

I've been skiing in a pair of used boots for the past 5 seasons. They work just fine and haven't exploded or anything. Of course, I don't go to the slopes to be seen in the latest, most expensive gear. I go to ski.

post #13 of 21

Thanks Mikerrr for your response as I totally agree with your assessment.  I have Nordica 783 boots that I bought while in Vermont at college in 1991 that I skied on for several years before moving to Boston.  I occasionally went skiing throughout the years but certainly not enough to wear out my boots.  The boots are in excellent condition (stored in a cool dry basement) but two days ago when I was on the slopes I noticed the snow was stuck on my heal and then discovered the heal plates were missing.  I had to rent boots at that point and the shop people gave me all kinds of grief for skiing on old boots and preached to me how I should be buying new equipment every few years.  This is very short sighted and obviously based on making more sales and supporting an industry catering to the affluent.  I, like Mikerrr, go skiing to ski and not to have the latest and greatest, as long as I have safe equipment.  I do not believe the boots of today are so much more superior than the ones I bought in 1991.  Forcing the purchase of new equipment every 10 years or so as well as an industry that designs obsolescence into their products, should not be supported by ski lovers everywhere.  I find it ridiculous to have to throw these boots in the trash because of some missing sole plates but it seems that is the case.  How disappointing when these boots fit far better than the rental boots and I really don't make enough money to add rentals to my skiing experience. Bummed skier, I am.

post #14 of 21

I aggree with you guys on using what works for you as long as possible. I catch crap from most of my buddies for all the used gear I have but after buying and trying a half dozen pairs of boots at thrift stores, garage sales and craigslist I have five pairs, two of which feel great and work fine. Total investment probably $40, which i will make much of back when i sell the ones i don't use. Also, the ones that fit me best are the oldest (Nordica Syntec F6 and Nordica I-8 with Power Wrap I think). I also have 3 pairs or skis bought the same way and have as much fun as my buddies with $900 gear, even if i am a bit behind the techno curve. I do inspect me gear regularly as i know it could be prone to failure being old, but other than one case of the same toe/heel problem (which i am looking to fix now), it's all been good. I've actually noticed most plastic products, from trash bags, drinking straws and toys to housewares and sporting goods, made back in the day seem to be more durable and higher quality than many products made in the last several years. I think world-wide plastic manufacturing has been dropping in quality and durability for years now in efforts to increase profit margins.

Hale the old school!

;-)

post #15 of 21

Good to see these comments and I can't agree more. Over spring break I tried to ski in my dad's old Nordica Syntech F6 boots.  They are older boots, but he hardly had used them and they sat quietly in a closet for about 13 years.  They fit great.  While going to put on my skis, knocking snow off the boots with my pole I saw pieces of black plastic falling off.  On closer inspection, I realized that the sole plates had completely disintegrated.  The ski lodge didn't have any replacements that fit.  I had to rent boots twice that week.  What a rip!  Of course you can't find replacements and new boots use sole plates of different dimensions so they don't fit.  I'll look around some more this summer for replacement parts, but probably will be stuck buying new boots.

post #16 of 21
^^^^
Best nickname on the forum
post #17 of 21

I think after reading all the positive responses to my previous post, I may have to consider going into the business of fabricating heel and toe plates for old models of ski boots!

 

Rock on, fellow frugal skiers!

 

I've actually gotten some compliments on my old straight skis. Of course, I don't go to Aspen or Vail. . . I'd like to if those slopes weren't so far away, but I'll use my same old gear there if I ever make it. Heck, just to freak people out, I might even show up in a pair of winter work coveralls. I've see people ski in cammo hunting coveralls. I say good for them. I don't need a $500 ski "suit" to ski. Just like I don't need a pair of $95 "yoga pants" to stretch. 

post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by old boot lover View Post

Good to see these comments and I can't agree more. Over spring break I tried to ski in my dad's old Nordica Syntech F6 boots.  They are older boots, but he hardly had used them and they sat quietly in a closet for about 13 years.  They fit great.  While going to put on my skis, knocking snow off the boots with my pole I saw pieces of black plastic falling off.  On closer inspection, I realized that the sole plates had completely disintegrated.  The ski lodge didn't have any replacements that fit.  I had to rent boots twice that week.  What a rip!  Of course you can't find replacements and new boots use sole plates of different dimensions so they don't fit.  I'll look around some more this summer for replacement parts, but probably will be stuck buying new boots.
either way, you should...the Syntechs were not examples of Nordicas best designs.
post #19 of 21
Lady Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikerrr View Post

I think after reading all the positive responses to my previous post, I may have to consider going into the business of fabricating heel and toe plates for old models of ski boots!

 

Rock on, fellow frugal skiers!

 

 

Meh, isn't that what 3D printing is for? 

 

 

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^^^^
Best nickname on the forum

 

Might want to check with Lady Salina tho. 

post #20 of 21

Mikerrr and Old Boot Lover..here you go...some Nordica Syntech boots on Ebay to scarf parts from. 

post #21 of 21

If you really must have Nordica parts, here you go.  http://shop.nordicausa.com/Browse/Accessories/Parts

 

Tecnica does the same on its website, too.

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