Originally Posted by Ullr
Not me, I sleep with my equipment in the summer...............................
Originally Posted by medmarkco
Actually we probably need a chemist who can shed more light on the strength of the molecular bonds in various polymers. Shear strength and forces then become important and where P-Man can enlighten us.
I'm a microbiologist with a background in organic and inorganic chemistry- so beyond the basics of synthesizing plastic polymers, I defer to the experts.
Suffice it to say that plastic breaks down.
Originally Posted by LewBob
If watersurgeons description of what happened is accurate, I would be upset too. It is one thing for a boot to show signs of fatigue after extended, hard use, but for a boot cuff to break when picked up by the buckle, and for the rest of the boot to shatter into pieces is beyond belief. Many skiers only ski a few times a year. Under those condtions I would expect a boot to last 8-10 years. The fact that they were stored in a garage is a factor in premature aging, but shouldn't be enough to cause them to shatter!!
I ski about 15 times a year and have to have boots custom foamed because am so skinny in the lower leg. I got over 12 years out of my last pair and the shells were still fine. To my mind Technica made a defective product. From WS's last post it sounds like Technica USA acknowledged it, took care of the customer, and is making sure that the parent company knows about it.
Once a warranty is over a manufacturer is not obligated to cover products, but good companies often take care of customers when there is an obvious defect that doesn't show up during the warranty period. My .02 cents. LewBob