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post #91 of 111
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Originally Posted by waxman View Post
re: sheetrock screws, aside from their intended purpose sheetrock screws are the most useless fastener available they are brittle and rust like it's going out style so the dude who fixed his ski with them will not be skiing them for long...
This ill concieved practice is not exclusive to skis, I see many cars held together with these things....what are these people thinking!? : (or should I say not thinking)

Last week I saw a new Lexus SUV, the owner had repaired his tailgate window with plexiglass and sheet rock screws!! He even took the time to tint the plexi! WTF? If you can afford to buy/lease a new Lexus I think you can afford or should be able to afford a new window. He basically went from a $150-$500 repair to a $1000-$1500 repair thanks to sheet rock screws....the metal alternative to duct tape.
post #92 of 111
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Originally Posted by skilife View Post
As far as boot, I never thought about tapping them so snow doesn't come in. Thanks for the tip. I will have to do that now.
My thoughts exactly. One of my brand-new $350 boots is leaking a little around the toes, I think I'll slap some duct tape on it. Fortunately my new $5 gloves (from Kohl's, after a $10 coupon discount) are still good without taping.
post #93 of 111
i'm not too ashamed to admit that I was too lazy to read all 4 pages of this thread, so if i'm repeating something, i apologize in advance.

was it ever stated when all this duct tape and old gear was seen?

if it was early season, could be that folks are bringing out the old gear for rock skiing. if you have old beaters (skis and clothing) why wreck your new gear on rocks and shrubs?

i have been told countless times that all the new 2006/07 skis are sold out around California, yet after riding at Sugarbowl, Alpine, and Heavenly I have to wonder who the hell bought all the new skis. Everybody I've seen is riding at least 2-5 season old gear (and in some cases up to 15 seasons old). I pointed this out to my buddy at Alpine the other day and he nonchalantly said "Probably everyone's riding their rock skis, don'tcha think?"

If I had older gear, I would have been knocking that about the mountain instead of turning my 1 season old-only ridden 5 days Karmas into rock skis.

In closing, my cousin, who no longer skis because he got fed up with lift tix $$ and too many people, always had this to say: "A person's skiing ability is usually inversely related to the type of gear/clothing they use/are wearing." He came to this conclusion in the early '80s during that teal color schematic rush (you know, where all the ski companies had a model of ski that was teal and all the clothing companies made complimentary teal jackets, gloves, hats, and pants).

post #94 of 111
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Devils Fiddle ...... weren't using that boot as a bong were you? :
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I was branding it and, well, it caught fire and put a hole straight through it. Luckily, I wasn't wearing the boot at the time.
post #95 of 111
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
"A person's skiing ability is usually inversely related to the type of gear/clothing they use/are wearing."
Very true in many, if not all sports/activities. What good does it do to have all the most expensive fancy equipment if you don't know how to use it? I guess those people think that they will at least look like they know what they are doing if they have all that stuff. :

btw, I have duct tape on my favorite pair of gloves. I have a replacement pair that I alternate with.
post #96 of 111
Top Ten Signs that you are a "Expert" Skier(gleaned from a t-shirt I picked up at Red Mtn years ago.
1)Chronic case of raccoon eyes
2)Avalanche beeper
3)Duct Tape
4)Torn Gloves
5)Own at least one set of ski related X-rays
6)Blown edge
7)Zero Brains
8)Bionic knee brace
9)More duct tape
10)Guts!!Lots of guts.

I might also add " A knapsack,with souveniers from last tree run"
Feel free to add your own to the list.
Sometimes it's hard to let old equipment go.A strategically placed piece of tape can add years to equipment.judging by some of the threads,taking your old K2's instaed of your new Metrons to Stowe might not be a bad idea these days.

Utah 49- Whats the password?
post #97 of 111

Duct Tape ROCKS

geez now we have people complaining about others using duct tape. :

Whatever!!!

I give thanks and prasie to the person who invented duct tape!!!

"A person's skiing ability is usually inversely related to the type of gear/clothing they use/are wearing."
The more they spent the worse they ski in most case's!
post #98 of 111
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Originally Posted by Thatsagirl View Post
Who knows, first-aid tape might give me even more personal steeze than duct tape...:
Last year I cut the bridge of my nose in a fall, and got a piece of white cloth tape from a patroller to put on it. I skied all afternoon with a piece of white tape on my nose (better than bleeding all over the place, I figured). I guess I really had serious personal steeze that day.
post #99 of 111
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Originally Posted by jrbd View Post
Last year I cut the bridge of my nose in a fall, and got a piece of white cloth tape from a patroller to put on it. I skied all afternoon with a piece of white tape on my nose (better than bleeding all over the place, I figured). I guess I really had serious personal steeze that day.


No pain, no gain?

If you don't fall at least once per day, you're not trying hard enough?

Chicks dig body damage? :

Definitely some personal steeze... :

Thatsagirl
post #100 of 111
I maintain an inventory of duct tape in four colors...

White
Black
Red
and, of course, grey

White and black seems to get the most use. Come on, if I dont have to use gray, I wont, but if it is a "utility repair" gray is my "go to" color. No idea if the non-grey tape is more expensive (probably is).

I dont give a $hit what it looks like as long as it does what I need it to do... a concept my kids have accepted nicely, maybe one day they will come up with a better mousetrap...and my kids will make fun of me and my duct tape.

Any topic that warrants four pages of replies cant be all that stupid?
post #101 of 111
Thread Starter 
Well, I'm embarrassed to say that my girlfriend held her Mercedes bumper together with black duct tape for a year and a half that I applied, but it was meant to be a temporary fix, just to get her to work that day...she liked it so much she left it there right up till the day she got rid of the car (summer 06).....still with the color matching duct tape. It worked but it was pretty embarrassing pulling up in that hoopty and having the valet guy say..."Umm your bumper is falling off", which it did often with the summer heat. But I would not tape up my ski gear, thats where I draw the line.
post #102 of 111
Deer Valley and a taped Bogner .... perish the thought ... even the valet would snigger.



but those Head skis old chap .... how ... er, er, .... common! May I suggest some Lacroix?
post #103 of 111
I have duct tape on my gaper gloves on my boots. They tore a couple years ago. This is my second or third taping of them to keep them together so I don't have to buy new ones. No extra screws, though.
post #104 of 111
I recommend gaffer tape over duct tape. You can actually remove it without leaving sticky residue on everything, so it's not a permanent temporary repair.

People care way too much about how other people look and ski. Duct tape does not make you a better or worse skier. I know people who rip on clapped-out straight skis with lawsuit Tyrolias, and I know people who rip on boards the rest of us can't even buy yet.
post #105 of 111
The only vintage gear I have a problem with is the guy I saw at Wachusett a couple of weeks ago on Head Standards : and antiquated, pre-DIN bindings. This gear posed a significant danger to him, because of the bindings more than the skis.

Beyond that, who am I to suggest what people can and can't use on the mountain?

Racers use duct tape on their gear because gates beat the hell out of gear. I don't have tape on my reusch gloves because they arent that old. Still, both of the zippers shattered on slalom gates, so they aren't exactly durable. Many racers who are far better than me have tape on their gloves because they fall apart. It isn't a fashion statement, trust me. ::

I really don't understand why all of this stuff bothers you, XJ, but if you really need to get away from it, I invite you to take up residence at Deer Valley and leave the rest of us losers alone.
post #106 of 111
I'm sure 20 people have mentioned it by now, but I've got duct tape on the toes of my Lange boots to keep the water out. I've tried a bead of silicone, but it always falls out. A couple of layers of duct tape lasts a long time. You can say whatever you want about duct tape, but I don't really care as long as my feet stay dry.

Edit: Not to stray from the duct tape discussion, but I find that vinyl electrical tape (with kleenex subbing for gauze) makes a wonderful bandage. I've gotten pretty deep cuts on my fingers a few times in the lot, and have just applied pressure for a minute with a kleenex then added electrical tape. It lasts all day (or longer) and is really helpful in a pinch.
post #107 of 111
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223 View Post
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I really don't understand why all of this stuff bothers you, XJ, but if you really need to get away from it, I invite you to take up residence at Deer Valley and leave the rest of us losers alone.
I'm not so sure he would be safe at Deer Valley



A close up of Stein


He was handing out the tape to guests who had ripped the Bogner after shredding the gnar!


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post #108 of 111
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Originally Posted by jxb View Post
......He was handing out the tape to guests who had ripped the Bogner after shredding the gnar!


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Too funny.
post #109 of 111

Circa 1985 Salomon SX91 Ski boots here

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Originally Posted by XJguy View Post
Now I know not everyone can afford new gear on a regular basis, but whats with some people skiing with vintage crap that has already delaminated, and even broken apart then screwing it together with sheet rock screws? And how about the people who go around with duct taped gloves and jackets???? I mean you can go on ebay or even to any store and get stuff on clearance that is only a season or two old that costs less than some lift tickets and is better than the 80's circa stuff these people are running...I just dont get it, is this a cool thing to do? Man if my stuff fell apart like that there is only one place where it would be seen...the trash can. This past week in Stowe I saw some kid racers with taped up Reusch gloves, I saw a guy with screws all around the edges of his straight k2 skis, and a kid with duct tape all over the front of his Lange boots. I almost felt like donating some money to help them get some new gear! Ive even seen instructors and patrol with gear in various states of disarray...is this some medal of honor to go around with used-beyond-life-span gear?
I have a wide foot and absolutely hate front buckle foot crusher ski boots. I consider those to be torture devices. They are torture to wear, torture to get on, torture to remove, torture to walk in, torture to adjust, and torture to recover from, after they are removed.

I ski in circa 1985 Salomon SX91 rear enty ski boots. They are confortable. They go on easy, come off easy, and are eay to walk in. They require no adjustment after the initial setup. When they come off, my feet feel fine.

Everyone keeps trying to convince me to switch (I've heard it all.), but I love 'em. It hasn't come to that yet, but I would rather patch them up with duct tape, than get front buckle boots.

If they ever break, I will be looking for a used pair to replace them.

IMO front buckle boots suck big time.

oh chute
post #110 of 111
Are Stein's shades duct taped? The side piece doesn't match the rest of the frame.
post #111 of 111
My new Lange World Cups have something approaching a gasket in the toe. No leaks yet!

I just went to the ski shop to get a couple of sticks of p-tex last night and noticed the ski wear on sale. The first two jackets I looked at were well over $700. Screw that! (yes I know that the Gucchi set out there probably thinks a $700 jacket is bottom barrel).
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