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Should boots from the early 90s be replaced even if they still seem to function properly and fit fine?

post #1 of 8
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I've been using the same Nordica boots and Volkl P9SL skis since 1990. 18 years they've giving me plenty of enjoyment and confidence no matter if I was doing some lazy cruising or heading into the steeps. After doing some damage to the base of one ski last year, I've finally decided to replace my skis with something new. This will be my first experience with shaped skis.

My question though, is that my Nordica boots are also getting long in the tooth, but they fit me great and they "seem" to function just fine with my Volkls. Since I'm looking for new skis, I'm also contemplating getting some new boots. But, I'm not sure if there is any reason why I really should other then my wanting something new.

So, has there been any significant technical advancements that make changing worth while? Is there any risks in using boots this old with new shaped skis?

Thanks in advance for you advise.
post #2 of 8
Which Nordica boots? How many days on them?
post #3 of 8
will your Honda civic from early 90's still work. Yup.

Will it work as well, as fast, as easy, as safe, as warm, etc as a car from this year. No chance

You can ski on old leather boots if you want to .....

new boots are easier to get on, warmer, lighter, ski a shaped ski better, but old boots will work, just not as well
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Originally Posted by bud heishman View Post
Which Nordica boots? How many days on them?
I'll have to check when I get home. Been some time since I paid attention to the model. As to how many days, I would say they have to have hundreds of days use on them.
post #5 of 8
It's really a question of what you expect from your equipment in terms of both safety and performance.

There is no doubt that the plastic will be fatigued leaving little rebound in the boot. However, if you main goal is to have a few runs, enjoy the sun and snow, etc, etc... then - ok.

You do need to check the toe and heel lugs and bottom of the boot to make sure the binding interface surfaces are in good shape. Excess bootsole wear can also change your canting angles.

Having said all that, I would never ski in an old tired boot because it's like driving a car with broken springs and worn shocks - but that's just me .
post #6 of 8
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Ok, I went out today to visit a few ski shops to see if I could find a decent set of used skis. I'd also spent the last week visiting all kinds of ski outlet web sites and perusing Ebay for skis. I finally ended up at Strands Ski Shop in Worcester, MA. This was the 8th ski shop I visited this week and I finally just said "Screw it" and bought a last year model ski package with a set of Volkl AC30 Titaniums in 184cm. As part of the package I picked up a set of 2007 Nordica Beast 12 boots. At first these didn't feel right so they heated up the inserts so it could form to my foot and they threw in a set of SuperFeet inserts. After that these boots felt perfect. I just tried these on and then tried on my old boots. You guys are right. It's like night and day.

Oh and I completely messed up on what type of boots I have. I said Nordica, but in actuality they are Dachstein. I guess you never pay attention to your boots. My mistake. They are the ones with a red bottom with purple upper 77 ProLine model with Micro fasteners and the bright yellow strap. Yeah, I know. What was I thinking. Ebay here they come.
post #7 of 8
welcome to 2006.
post #8 of 8
Strands is a very good shop, old school but very good. I bet you also dropped down a shellsize..or two .

Save your time as far as putting the old boots on Ebay...They aren't worth the time or effort.
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