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Metal Vs Plastic - Ski Boot buckles

post #1 of 16
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Im looking at some new ski boots, Im going to be using them in the park and dont want them to break, should i invest in more expensive metal buckled boots, or are the cheaper plastic boots sturdy? Im runnin low on money and trying to find ways to save. Thanks!!
post #2 of 16
Metal all the way.
post #3 of 16
Plastic buckles break. Then they get replaced with metal ones. Why not start where you'll probably end up anyways...
post #4 of 16
Metal, and if possible get screwed-in, not riveted buckles. Easier to replace, and sometimes even makes it possible to do home repairs (if you bend a buckle you can sometimes bend it back yourself, but that's tough to do if you can't remove it from the boot).

Unfortunately it's hard to come by boots with screw-in buckles outside of race boots. Anybody know of any non-racing boots with buckles that aren't riveted?
post #5 of 16
This is a stone-cold, lead-pipe lock of a no brainer...go with metal!
post #6 of 16
better to find a boot that fits, then a boot that doesn't (but has metal buckles)

If you fit ANY buckle, it will break too. metal or plastic
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by CanuckInstructor View Post
Metal, and if possible get screwed-in, not riveted buckles. Easier to replace, and sometimes even makes it possible to do home repairs (if you bend a buckle you can sometimes bend it back yourself, but that's tough to do if you can't remove it from the boot).

Unfortunately it's hard to come by boots with screw-in buckles outside of race boots. Anybody know of any non-racing boots with buckles that aren't riveted?
It's not that hard to drill out a rivet, and pretty easy to rivet back in. I've done it a few times successfully, just make sure you use a steel rivet since aluminum won't hold.
post #8 of 16
Running low on cash? Get an 05 or 06 boot...just as good and you will be able to sport a top of the line $1k boot for less than $100.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by CanuckInstructor View Post
Metal, and if possible get screwed-in, not riveted buckles. Easier to replace, and sometimes even makes it possible to do home repairs (if you bend a buckle you can sometimes bend it back yourself, but that's tough to do if you can't remove it from the boot).

Unfortunately it's hard to come by boots with screw-in buckles outside of race boots. Anybody know of any non-racing boots with buckles that aren't riveted?
Dalbello IL Moros, and it is a park boot to boot. I am sure a rampage too.
post #10 of 16
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Running low on cash? Get an 05 or 06 boot...just as good and you will be able to sport a top of the line $1k boot for less than $100.
Yikes, where are you paying $1k for a pair of boots?
post #11 of 16
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Yikes, where are you paying $1k for a pair of boots?
I'm not, but the Head Raptors I have retailed for $996....and I saw it for that much in some places though I did not pay nearly that much.
post #12 of 16
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Running low on cash? Get an 05 or 06 boot...just as good and you will be able to sport a top of the line $1k boot for less than $100.
happen to know where i can go about doing this? Ive looked a bunch of places but still having trouble.
post #13 of 16
Well, ebay for one, www.levelninesports.com for two.
post #14 of 16
Back in the early 90's I had a pair of Strolz boots that had plastic buckles. The part that attached to the boot was the same as the Raichle Flexon but the levers and bails were different. Anytime the temps dropped into the teens, the plastic bails would break. Duct tape became my best friend as I would put tape across the overlap. I remember going to the shop where I bought them and walking out with literally handfulls of buckles. The boots fit great but it always made skiing an interesting experience! I think Strolz still uses the same buckles now with wire bails!

GET METAL BUCKLES!!!!!!!!!!
post #15 of 16
Yoyu buckle your boots?! I find that when I walking around carrying my texas suitcase that if my boots are buckled they hurt. I've even tried wearing different shoes inside my boots but if I buckle they still hurt.
post #16 of 16
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what?

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Yoyu buckle your boots?! I find that when I walking around carrying my texas suitcase that if my boots are buckled they hurt. I've even tried wearing different shoes inside my boots but if I buckle they still hurt.
what the heck are you talking about? haha
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