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Demo v. New

post #1 of 6
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Is it worth it to save the 200-300 dollars and buy demo skis, or do new skis validate the price difference?

Some things to consider --

Demo bindings (heavier, possibly beat up). Are there any more pre/not release problems with demo bindings than regular bindings, or is the only difference weight? Also, does the plate mounted on flat skis for demos hurt performance or longevity?

Warranty -- even with a "reliable" wood core ski, is there much more of a chance that a demo will come apart, crack, delam, or does the ski determine the wear ability. Also, can internal damage have happened that doesn't appear to the naked eye?

A skis "best days" -- Is it a fallacy or a reality that skis have a performance curve wherein they do not perform as well the more they are used? Is a already going to be broken in?

Any other thoughts?

thank you!
post #2 of 6
Buying a used ski is like buying a used car; you could get a fantastic deal and you could get a trashed lemon.
post #3 of 6
I wouldn't be to apt to buy a demo ski unless I knew the shop it was comming from, how well it was likely maintained, and could see it in person. Demo skis see a lot of use from people who aren't particularly concerned about thier longevity. Used skis that were well maintained and lightly used can offer huge savings though.
post #4 of 6
If buying online, make sure you're going with a reputable shop. Individual sellers, especially on ebay, might be a bit sketchy. You'll want to go with someone who has had great feedback.

I purchased some demos a couple years back, rode them hard and didn't have any problems. The bindings are definitely heavier but the price was sweet.
post #5 of 6
Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
Buying a used ski is like buying a used car; you could get a fantastic deal and you could get a trashed lemon.
I agree. I would never buy a pair without a close inspection. There is always the out of favor or too long pair that doesn't get much use. I purchased a pair of Blizzards one year that the shop manager skied twice and was the only person to ski on them all year.
Plus it's always nice to have a pair of powder boards with demo's for when friends show up without them on a big day.
post #6 of 6
I've heard that demo bindings develop heel slop much easier, so make sure you check this when you buy them. Just put them upright and push down on the heel to make sure it doesnt have excess movement.
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