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post #1 of 19
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A friend found some Hexcel Sundance Skis with Salomon 727 bindings. Are worth anything or should he throw them away?
post #2 of 19
they are a piece of skiing history and subsequently can be turned into hip wall art (i.e. probably not worth skiing, unless they are longer than a 210 and you bring 'em out for Long Board Day, but definitely worth putting up on the wall at the cabin).

i used to dig those skis (never owned a pair, but thought they looked sweet back in the day).
post #3 of 19
I had a pair back in the seventies.

Honeycomb preprig technology. Hot ski of the day and a good ski at that.

They'd make a good conversation piece but only worth anything to someone who might want a pair for nastalgia reasons.

Put em on ebay, you might get a few offers that might be worth the trouble.
post #4 of 19
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by scolvin View Post
A friend found some Hexcel Sundance Skis with Salomon 727 bindings. Are worth anything or should he throw them away?
Keep them out of the landfills, Send them to Rossi Smash. If the 727's are metal heels, I could use them
post #6 of 19
In a past issue of The Ski Journal #2.3, we did a really cool history piece on Hexcel. Unfortunately this issue is now sold out, although may be able to find this at a local ski shop that is selling back issues.

http://www.theskijournal.com/index.p...e=4&feature=18
post #7 of 19
I still have a pair of 190cm Hexcel Split-tails in the shop.
post #8 of 19
A close friend of mine was a Hexcel Rep. and I worked w/ him as a Tech. I still have 9 pairs of Hexcel's from the original Navy Blue w/ Green Letters to the Split Tails. The Sundace Model was my favorite, as it had a Super Comp Tail w/ a soft shovel. Was forgiving in the Bumps, but boy would they go when you let them run.
Try Them, you might be suprised, I get mine out more than a few times a year, and do people ever asked about them.
Especially if your using Burt Bindings
post #9 of 19
I liked the Spectralite in the bumps.
Not torsionally stiff enough for eastern ice, but fun bumping.
Unfortunately, the screws holding the bindings were glued in, making it difficult, if not impossible, to fit new bindings on them.
I'd do that, and take them out for some bump runs on one of the old timer's days, if it was practical.
post #10 of 19
I had the Sundance and loved them. I wish I had kept them. I would love to take a pair out for a spin again.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Keep them out of the landfills, Send them to Rossi Smash. If the 727's are metal heels, I could use them
The heels are plastic.
post #12 of 19
they were introduced as being super light in weight, honeycomb aluminum core. if my memory serves me accurately, they had an issue on very cold snow, the snow stuck to the bases no matter the wax.
post #13 of 19
Never had a problem w/ snow sticking, Unless you just brought them out from inside.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by northernmi View Post
Never had a problem w/ snow sticking, Unless you just brought them out from inside.
well, there you have it
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post
they were introduced as being super light in weight, honeycomb aluminum core. if my memory serves me accurately, they had an issue on very cold snow, the snow stuck to the bases no matter the wax.
There was a problem with warping as well as decambering. I never was aware of any base issues.
post #16 of 19

Hexcel still makes the cores:

 

refer you the distributor who handles small amounts – they are Texas Almet and the POC there is Lisa Schorpp (817) 649-7056
 
The material you need to ask for is aluminum core referred to as CRIII – 1/8-5052-.002-8.1 

 

post #17 of 19

Just went to Hexcel.com.  Wow that is insane!  I had no idea what a big company that was/is/has become.  Building parts for airplanes even?  I noticed an Embraer jet on their site.  Mind Bottleing.

post #18 of 19

can you actually fit your brain in a bottle? coke or mayonaisse?... or was that a mind-boggling event? 

post #19 of 19
Nope. Bottleing. Like your mind is in a bottle.
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