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Do old skis go "bad"?

post #1 of 6
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I've seen brand new skis for sale on e-bay that are 2003, 2004 or 2005 models.

I've had people tell me that they have bought older, brand "new" skis, only to have problems with the skis because the bases have dried out and don't perform as well as newer skis.

Is this true? Should older "new" skis be avoided?
post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by SkiNut View Post
I've seen brand new skis for sale on e-bay that are 2003, 2004 or 2005 models.

I've had people tell me that they have bought older, brand "new" skis, only to have problems with the skis because the bases have dried out and don't perform as well as newer skis.

Is this true? Should older "new" skis be avoided?
I would disagree with the opinion, but I hot-wax and "prep" my skis several times a year.

Someone who skips the "prep" required to keep a ski performing will be unhappy regardless of the age of the ski.

Was it a retailer that offered the opinion? Most retailers hate the prices available on eBay.

Cheers,

Michael
post #3 of 6
Skis don't go bad per se, but sometimes they aren't properly stored and can end up with rusty edges, dried p-tex bases, etc. If they were in a warehouse and still in the plastic, I see no reasons why they wouldn't perform as well as new skis.

You should always hot scrape every new ski before it touches the snow anyway. 3 times minimum, a lot more if you plan on going fast or god forbid, race on them.
post #4 of 6
A gummi stone will make quick work of rust so long as it is not so bad that the edges are pitted.
A dried out base can be easily refreshed by a light stonegrind.
post #5 of 6
Last year's skis won't work well this year. They were designed for last year's snow, and this year's snow is different.

For 2006-2007 snow, you need 2006-2007 skis. Simple fact of life.

In all seriousness, there shouldn't be anything wrong with older skis that can't be fixed with a pass over a stone and a spinning ceramic disc.
post #6 of 6
The old skis may not have kept up with technology, but in most cases they will ski just as well today as they did when they were new.
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