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Olin Mark IV

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I have some Olin Mark IV skis with Look N77 bindings from the 1970's, they are about the perfect distance for my boot size, but i have no idea what kind of boots to buy for these old bindings,
ive been skiing for quite a while but i always have rented skis or barrowed pairs, so i could use some help on finding the right boots to wear.

Unfoutunatley i couldn't upload a picture so hopefully you know what N77's are.

Thanks
post #2 of 22
Generally Scott boots or Hansen Exhibitionists with wax liners are the preferred match for Olin Mark IVs.
post #3 of 22
 Mount those antiques on your wall and look for a newer pair of skis with safe/reliable bindings!
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post

 Mount those antiques on your wall and look for a newer pair of skis with safe/reliable bindings!
I would really like to go down this vintage route, for the fun and it's a lot cheaper, are there any BIG saftey risks with these bindings, like do they have a history of falling of or anything, or will i be fine?(I know ill survive the trip im not doing any bog mountain skiing)
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
I also wondered if i can use modern boots with these old things
post #6 of 22
Sure modern boots will work but why spoil the vintage thing you're seeking. Go with boots at least 30 years old (maybe some rear entry Hanson's?) and keep the whole deal old school.
post #7 of 22
If you look REALLY hard you might just find some Olin boots.  I think one Bear has a pair.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post

Generally Scott boots or Hansen Exhibitionists with wax liners are the preferred match for Olin Mark IVs.

  OMG...  Priceless
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by King4227 View Post

I also wondered if i can use modern boots with these old things
You should be able to.  The only issue is that you will need to manually adjust the toe height as well as the toe wing width.  Easy enough to do.  The heel is self adjusting.  Modern toe pieces are all built to a DIN standard that all modern boots meet, and don't require adjusting because of this (other than spring tension).  In the 'old days' bindings always needed to be adjusted to match the boot.

If you decide to trash them, I'll give you instructions on how to turn the toe pieces into the coolest hash pipes on the mountain.
post #10 of 22
Can not even imagine what mice may have done on those bindings over the years  .   

Good luck, would recommend that you spray the heck out them with penetrating oil and then relubricate them up before you ski those things. Lots of dust in the grease is not healthy. 
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by King4227 View Post

I would really like to go down this vintage route, for the fun and it's a lot cheaper, are there any BIG saftey risks with these bindings, like do they have a history of falling of or anything, or will i be fine?(I know ill survive the trip im not doing any bog mountain skiing)

Well, all bindings lose certification/indemnification after a while (usually 5-8 years).  But that's really only important "on paper" if you plan to have a shop work on them.  The bottom line is how well they function.

I have taken bindings off older skis about 5-6 times, and in all cases, there were noticeable failures.  Usually cracking or degradation of the materials.  That's the main thing to look for.  Have someone who knows bindings well give them a thorough examination.

I have two older pairs of skis I was maintaining in skiable condition.  A few years ago I took them out for "fun", and realized how much old straight skis suck in comparison to modern skis.  The fun factor lasted about 5 seconds, at which point I realized I was wasting valuable ski time and probably risking my safety.  Now they are strictly conversation pieces.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post

Generally Scott boots or Hansen Exhibitionists with wax liners are the preferred match for Olin Mark IVs.

C'mon Exhibitions???? The Exhibition was not available in orange. He wants the Avanti, THAT was available in the right color...and the flow liners. 
 
post #13 of 22
Take them out and burn them...then, take up bowling....

post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by SkiRacer55 View Post

Take them out and burn them...then, take up bowling....


Hmmm...bowling,...the sport, no activity, that old retired guys that arre stiff as a board play
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by SkiRacer55 View Post

Take them out and burn them...then, take up bowling....


NOOOoooooo! If he doesn't want 'em I'll take 'em, and if the N77's are not serviceable I'll mount some Solly 505's on them.
post #16 of 22
Those are classic skis with historical value as the first twin tip.

I wouldn't trust my life to 25 year old bindings, though.
post #17 of 22
Out of all of the bindings from that that era, the Look N77s were probably the most reliable and best performing, and hold up pretty well against most modern bindings in terms of safety and performance.  Look has finally realized what a good design it was and has just reintroduced it as the 'Pivot'.  The Look N77 design is so simple and pure that you can completely disassemble the toe piece in about 15 seconds and easily service all the internals.  There's no reason why your binding shouldn't perform flawlessly once you've taken it apart and cleaned and greased it... and like I said earlier, if you pull out all the guts and pop a screen into the hole where the pivot sits, it makes a really cool pipe.
post #18 of 22
I'll buy them!
post #19 of 22

awesome Ski's! had some way back in the day myself.   think it would be an experiment in terror to ride them today tho:eek

post #20 of 22
MM, I'm not that Brave, but they would look very nice on the back of my Lotus!
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by Lotusfab View Post

MM, I'm not that Brave, but they would look very nice on the back of my Lotus!

 

Hi @Lotusfab - It would be great if you could get those skis, but note this thread is 7 years old, and most of the participants aren't around here anymore.

post #22 of 22
Thanks! Hadn't noticed!
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