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Skis & bindings from different shop?

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I've been curious about this for some time, for no particular reason, so I thought I would post it here for the experts to respond to.

If one buys skis from one shop and the bindings from another, does it matter who mounts the bindings?

On one hand the shop that sold the bindings has the template and on the other hand the shop that sold the skis should know the nuances of the mounting positions. I've also been told by some shops that they cannot mount bindings they do not sell.
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I've also been told by some shops that they cannot mount bindings they do not sell.

I'd say 'Will Not' is more realistic than 'Cannot'. I'd go with the more 'qualified' technician... and be nice to him/ her.
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Originally Posted by CalgarySkier View Post
I've been curious about this for some time, for no particular reason, so I thought I would post it here for the experts to respond to.

If one buys skis from one shop and the bindings from another, does it matter who mounts the bindings?

On one hand the shop that sold the bindings has the template and on the other hand the shop that sold the skis should know the nuances of the mounting positions. I've also been told by some shops that they cannot mount bindings they do not sell.
Depends totally on the shop policies. Some shops will do a free mount if you buy any one item - boots, bindings or skis.

Some shops may refuse to mount used bindings or new bindings you bring in. Those shops are lazy and incompetent, you should go elsewhere...you wouldn't want to trust them anyway. There are plenty of good shops that will do a mount on almost anything that's still on indemnified list.

In your specific situation, I would suggest that you have them mounted at the shop that sold you the skis. They should have the jig and be qualified to work on any normal binding (within reason). That way, if they screw up the mount, they will be the ones responseable for getting you a new pair of replacement skis.
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It is more a liability issue than a refusal to mount the bindings. If you are not a retailer you are not covered by the manufacturer. In the shop I worked, we could mount Rossi but not Look. It doesn't make much sense in that case because they are essentially the same manufacturer. A good tip or free beer can be a good way to get around the issue.
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