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Anyone have older gear they can't let go of?

post #1 of 21
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Hey good people.
Over the last few years ive updated all my ski gear pretty much. A few new pair of Skiis, new poles, goggles etc. etc. But my boots are a different story, I am still riding on early 90's Munari ski boots. I can't let them go, besides being so comfortable that they seem like they are an extension of my feet, they have that single rear buckle strap with the teeth. So it takes me a whole 8 seconds to put on my boots. While my buddies are adjusting/and re-adjusting the numerous buckles on their nice new boots, i am already 1/4 way up the lift.
Does anyone else on the forum find themselves in a simular situation with a particular piece of gear ( for whatever reason), and/or is there any newer ski boot out there with a simular single rear fastening mechanism?


thanks, cheers
post #2 of 21
Skiers who find boots that perform and don't hurt are loathe to replace them.

Rear entry boots aren't known for performance but it they work for you, I would be the last to question it.

What I would question is how long the plastic will hold up. I used to work at a ski hill, and I often saw people walking down after their old boots cracked in half. You might not want to ski anywhere in 15 year old boots that you would not be willing to walk the rest of the way in socks.
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All of it. I've regretted tossing or giving away every piece of ski gear that wasn't completely thrashed, and even some that was..
post #5 of 21
Size needed?
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Back in the day I was riding a chairlift at Mt. Sunapee and my left ski randomly fell off (fortunately didn't take anyone out on the trail below me). The toe piece that fits into the binding separated right off the boot, leaving me with sock exposed. I don't know if it was due to age or a defect.

Could have been painful if it had broken off while I was actually skiing.
post #7 of 21
Good Old Equipment, Hell Ya!!!!
I still love to ski my long boards, 205 Hexcels, and really get looks when I get out the Burt bindings. They were a great item that never caught on, released yet your ski was still on, best powder binding ever.
Well back in the Lake w/ the Jet Skis today, Think Snow
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The OP did ask:

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Originally Posted by LLB9977 View Post
Hey good people.
I am still riding on early 90's Munari ski boots. I can't let them go, besides being so comfortable that they seem like they are an extension of my feet, they have that single rear buckle strap with the teeth. .....

, and/or is there any newer ski boot out there with a simular single rear fastening mechanism?
post #10 of 21
I'm going on 9 years with my Lange L10 Race and just can't pull the trigger on new ones. Liners are pretty beat up but nothing a little duct tape doesn't fix, replaced a few buckles and the power strap which was cooked but overall
they still work fine. Have tried new boots every year for the past 3-4 years but they just don't feel any different so I'm sticking with these for one more year....been saying that for some time now. With skis, boots and poles I tend to use them till they are shot....in the case of skis it's every 2-3 years max until they're bent, cracked or shot to hell.
post #11 of 21
I have a pair of Helstra semi-mittens (three prong) that are 8 or 9 years old. Pretty good gloves and they still work well. But the beige leather has orange-brown stains all over it. Nobody (except you guys now) knows that it's blood.
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Got an old set of Kerma poles with the clear grips, leather straps, and powder baskets with the cutouts. Things are bombproof.
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Got an old set of Kerma poles with the clear grips, leather straps, and powder baskets with the cutouts. Things are bombproof.
+1, got an old set from a race event in 82 with leather straps that break away if needed. Not sure wht brand made them, have rosignol graphics but probably not made by rosignol (Alsop?) the grips are molded to my hands. It's not easy to find leather straps for less than a whole cow costs these days.
post #14 of 21

old gear

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I have a pair of Helstra semi-mittens (three prong) that are 8 or 9 years old. Pretty good gloves and they still work well. But the beige leather has orange-brown stains all over it. Nobody (except you guys now) knows that it's blood.
Wear those Hestra's with pride, a real skier never covers blood stains or parts with the memories. A badge of confidence, daring, adventure. Besides think of the stories you can tell. Had to wipe the blood out of my eyes after I hit that mogul at 35 mph in a white out and put my knee into my mouth and the subsequent lower teeth through my lip. Could I buy you another beer?
post #15 of 21
Saranac gloves I bought in Jackson in 1996. Some of the stitches are getting loose, and the insulation is pulling away from some fingertips, but I haven't found anything in Japan or the U.S. that I'd consider as a replacement.
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Wear those Hestra's with pride, a real skier never covers blood stains or parts with the memories. A badge of confidence, daring, adventure. Besides think of the stories you can tell. Had to wipe the blood out of my eyes after I hit that mogul at 35 mph in a white out and put my knee into my mouth and the subsequent lower teeth through my lip. Could I buy you another beer?
Yes, exactly!

(Although the truth is: any fool can have a crash. It's what you do afterwards that settles what kind of a fool you are.
post #17 of 21
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Hey good people.
I am still riding on early 90's Munari ski boots...Does anyone else on the forum find themselves in a similar situation with a particular piece of gear ( for whatever reason), and/or is there any newer ski boot out there with a similar single rear fastening mechanism?


thanks, cheers
Ingemar Stenmark who holds the record for the most World Cup racing wins, skied in a pair of Cabers that he really liked. He refused to switch to any of his sponsor's newer models.

In response, Caber would affix their latest race boot colors and graphics each season to Stenmark's beloved old pair. Stenmark was not the only racer who was happy skiing in a particular pair of boots. Other sponsors have been known to do the same thing for their athletes who will not change from a older model (though, unlike you, none are skiing in boots 15 years or old).

As long as the plastic is not getting brittle with the possibility of failing at a most inopportune time, you have every right to be happy in your old boots if you are happy with their fit. Rear entry boots don't get much respect from the 3 and 4 buckle crowd, but I still see quite a few decent skiers in them in the PNW.
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Didn't Bode have issues moving away from the K2 Fours?
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A pair of 1991 K2 Extremes (rainbow colored bottoms) with ESS bindings. They were my first new pair of skis, and I still have the magazine ad for them. I actually put them out with the garbage and then 15 minutes later brought them back in...
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Pretty much all my gear qualifies
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i have a pair of 205 race stock head TR182s from the last year i was racing..they have a deflex, salomon lifters and 11-17 salomon race bindings on them...

totally inappropriate for use, but i still drag them with me from apartment to apartment everytime i move...hhehehe
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