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post #1 of 26
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Whats the oldest item that you own that was bought not for nostalgia but for active duty and that you still use?

 

Me: Vaurnet sunglasses (bought some time in the 80s)...though I no longer ski with them on, nothing works better for the sun than these old faithfuls....magical lenses on those Vaurnets.

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Whats the oldest item that you own that was bought not for nostalgia but for active duty and that you still use?

 

Me: Vaurnet sunglasses (bought some time in the 80s)...though I no longer ski with them on, nothing works better for the sun than these old faithfuls....magical lenses on those Vaurnets.

 Still got my Vuarnets too, though I had to replace the frames around 1989.  I have K2 812s that might see a retro day once in a while.   I have some poles that I won in a beer league race in 1982 that are still my favorite poles going on about the third set of baskets.  I guess I could go on a bit more.  I used the 1978 hart Freespirits that originally belonged to my sister, used them last season to tandem the bunny hill with my todddlers.  I finally retired my 1981 Hanson boot bag second trip this year when it tore beyond repair. Heck, most of my "new" stuff is older than most folks "old" stuff because it IS their old stuff LOL!


Edited by crgildart - 2/14/2009 at 02:46 am
post #3 of 26

A pair of long johns and ski socks circa 1985 are still in the rotation. Ski bibs circa early 90s, although the duct tape is of more recent vintage.

 

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 Still got my Vuarnets too, though I had to replace the frames around 1989.  I have K2 812s that might see a retro day once in a while.   I have some poles that I won in a beer league race in 1982 that are still my favorite poles going on about the third set of baskets.  I guess I could go on a bit more.  I used the 1978 hart Freespirits that originally belonged to my sister, used them last season to tandem the bunny hill with my todddlers.  I finally retired my 1981 Hanson boot bag second trip this year when it tore beyond repair. Heck, most of my "new" stuff os older than most folks "old" stuff because it IS their old stuff LOL!

These are the 3rd set of frames in my Vaurnets.   The last set had almost no use, the glasses sat in my drawer for a few years without use, the day I put it on my face they cracked in half.  Vaurnet replaced the frame for only $20.  Previous to that, I accidentally sat on the originals and Vaurnet sent me new frames free!

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These are the 3rd set of frames in my Vaurnets.   The last set had almost no use, the glasses sat in my drawer for a few years without use, the day I put it on my face they cracked in half.  Vaurnet replaced the frame for only $20.  Previous to that, I accidentally sat on the originals and Vaurnet sent me new frames free!

I'm so dumb!  I had a mid-80's pair of Vuarnets, which were by far the best pair of sunglasses I've ever had.  On a scale of one to ten, I haven't hit a four since then.  And it's not for the lack of trying.  Nothing comes even close.  Anyway, when mine broke after about 15 years of great service, I just tossed them.  Stupid, stupid, stupid...

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I'm so dumb!  I had a mid-80's pair of Vuarnets, which were by far the best pair of sunglasses I've ever had.  On a scale of one to ten, I haven't hit a four since then.  And it's not for the lack of trying.  Nothing comes even close.  Anyway, when mine broke after about 15 years of great service, I just tossed them.  Stupid, stupid, stupid...

 

eBay

post #7 of 26

I notice the Vuarnets!  Lost mine a couple decades ago.  But...still in my rotation are a pair of Kombi Goretex gloves circa 1991.  still get used on very cold days. 

 

AND.  just yesterday, i pulled out, actually found an early 90s Far West jacket that was my first shell ever.  Doesn't fit as well as it used to......hmmmm?

post #8 of 26

My Rossi 4Sk's still see 2-3 days a year on the hill. Other skis, both 70's and 90's may get a day each at the local hill too. My every day poles are 80's Scott 'thumbusters'. Unfortunately all my older Nordica boots have exploded and now I'm only skiing current stuff.

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eBay

 

Exactly, that's what I'm doing right now.

 

If I could dig my old lenses out of a dumpster I'd staple them to my forehead.  Damn, I've been buying a $100+ sunglasses every year since then, and never found anything even remotely close.  Everybody uses polycarbonate now, because in a year you have to replace it.  OK, end of rant!

 

RR - thanks for bringing this up.  I'm on a mission now.  I'm gonna find me a pair of V's that will last me for the rest of my life.

post #10 of 26

One pair of Kerma poles circa 1978.  They were out with me today. 

 

My back-up set is a pair of Scott Comps.  They are reasonably new,  I got them sometime when I worked in Breck. I can only narrow it down to sometime between 1980-84 for those.

post #11 of 26

Although I have a couple pairs of new Leki carbon poles, I have a set of Scott strapless grips from somewhere around 1984 that I have moved from pole to pole over the years and are presently on a set of Scott carbon poles.  I use these poles with the strapless grips quite often (and I'm always looking for a new set of the original strapless grips if anyone has any leads ).

post #12 of 26

A couple of pair of old Sallie Drivers. 

post #13 of 26

I still use a pair of Scott strapless grips, circa 1975. I used a pair of 1974 Hart Ballets until last year, when the bases started peeling off at the edges. I am refurbishing some K2 710 Comps with Salomon 727s to use at some point in the near future. I also have some Dynastar MPI TRs that see regular service.

post #14 of 26

I still have my Volkl P10 SLCs circa 1985 +- a couple years that I still break out now and again if I'm in the mood. Terrific skis back in the day. 

post #15 of 26

God the P10's were great.

As for old gear?

Well I've got a Patagonia capilene top that's been in use since about 93. Was made in the US unlike the current stuff. Really lasted, although it's got holes now.

Also have a North Face fleece jacket from same time, made in US also.  Just as good as when purchased.

post #16 of 26

I've still got a pair of expedition weight bottoms I bought at REI in 1983. Think I've got a neck gator and glove liners from that era too, but not much else. Ah, the oldest thing in rotation is easily a ski bag I bought around 1981. Still has the address from the house where I grew up scrawled on in magic marker. Kind of moldy, but there's a (newish) pair of skis in it.

post #17 of 26

My "babies" pair of Scott poles from early 80's.  Tree trunk thick but I love the sharp pick type tip and the grips are just plain perfect for my hands.  Have bought new poles before and keep reaching for my babies.

post #18 of 26

 Crank is still skiing in some Lange Tii's. 

 

 

*Note: moving to the "Gear Forum". 

post #19 of 26
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I still have my Volkl P10 SLCs circa 1985 +- a couple years that I still break out now and again if I'm in the mood. Terrific skis back in the day. 

Here's my P10 SLC's along with a few other older Volkl's

post #20 of 26

Fisher Europa 99 metal edge XC skis from 1980.  They have just right flex, and are indestructable.

post #21 of 26

I'm on Atomic arc slalom skis with ess bindings from around 88-89.  My boots are Tecnica tns from the same era.  I'll pick up some newer gear for next year.  But given that this is my first winter back on snow in 19 I'll just enjoy things the way they are for now

 

Parris

post #22 of 26

My Atomic Arc Bionic GS 195 (excellent condition), still come out when we're just maching the mountain run top to bottom turning only for terrain. still the fastest ski in the quiver (don't own any contemporary SG). 

post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by incognito View Post

 

I'm so dumb!  I had a mid-80's pair of Vuarnets, which were by far the best pair of sunglasses I've ever had.  On a scale of one to ten, I haven't hit a four since then.  And it's not for the lack of trying.  Nothing comes even close.  Anyway, when mine broke after about 15 years of great service, I just tossed them.  Stupid, stupid, stupid...

 

Sorry I'm so like you incognito, I did exactly the same thing and now I'm kicking myself.

The 2009 Vuarnets have gone all "fashion" and aren't nearly as good as my old skilynxs, even if I could afford them. Maybe I'll find a pair in Silverthorne next month.

 

You are SO right about them being the best lens. As you so eloquently put it... stupid, stupid, stupid

 

CW :-)

 

PS Up until the end of last season, I was still using my Kerma poles from about 1989-90, the ones with the wee kink to give you an extra couple of inches in the pole plant. The top of the handle was about to give up the ghost and I found an end of season sale and replaced them.

 

post #24 of 26

My boots are from 1991: Tecnica TNTs, when that described a single model, rather than a line of related models. They're the fluorescent orange boots that supposedly all crack, except these ones haven't after several hundred days of use.

 

Their predecessors dated back to, I think, 1975 ... so they've only recently become the longest-lived boots I've owned. In any event, I've had two pairs of boots since before many members of this forum were born.

 

My pants are around the same vintage, though they're showing signs of being on their last legs, so to speak.

 

Just from what I've casually noticed in lift lines, without making a study of it:

 

- '70s vintage poles are fairly common. Makes sense, as they're essentially identical to '09 vintage poles, or at least those used by those of the "poles are poles" philosophy. I probably would still have '70s poles, except I have a penchant for bending the stupid things.

 

- '70s era skis are not anywhere near as rare as you'd think. I doubt a ski day passes when I don't see at least a few pair. What's kind of scarier is the fact that they almost always have '70s era bindings on them as well.

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- '70s era skis are not anywhere near as rare as you'd think. I doubt a ski day passes when I don't see at least a few pair. What's kind of scarier is the fact that they almost always have '70s era bindings on them as well.

Yup. very common. 

post #26 of 26

The oldest gear I have still in circulation would be my spyder ski pants. They have 6 seasons on them. They will defantly be retired this year. Otherwise for skis. I have  a pair of 04-05 Fischer RC4s World Cup SCs. But this more of a naustalgic ski that I keep around. It maybe gets about five or six days on them a  year.

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