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post #1 of 11
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Hi guys. 

I am getting new skis (as some of you saw before), and need some suggestons. I have heard that boots are the place to spend the cash, and skis can be used. But do used skis affect anything/ are they worn down to much? Are there ny website that have good used skis?

post #2 of 11

Most of the websites that sell used skis ask outrageous prices. You can probably pick up new skis for much less at some outlets. A Good place online for cheap skis from past years is levelninesports. I would get the boots in-person. You don't want to mess around and guess when it comes to boot fit.

 

Here are some items that fit your description(no..I am not associated with levelnine):

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Atomic-Nomad-Sunburst-Skis-Wbind

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Head-Peak-71-Railflex-Skis

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Fischer-Cool-Heat-All-Mountain-Skis-Wfx-12-Bind

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Atomic-Nomad-Whiteout-All-Mountain-Skis

post #3 of 11

ebay and evo are two I know, there are more I'm sure, It depends on condition whether it's a good buy. bends, edge worn and edge coming out, delams (splits between layers) base damage are some issues to look for.

with new skis on ebay and sites with sales and closeouts from previous year models, it's hardly worth it to risk used, if you go for inexpensive used at evo or someplace with a rating system, you'll just filter for the worst stuff they have .IMO

post #4 of 11

If condition os the skis is important - some but not all internet vendor color the condition of the demos a bit. Evo is pretty good. Most reliable shop selling thru ebay are also very truthful.

 

I've had fantatic luck driving thru SVT (or other major concentration of ski areas) on season end and/or big holidays (summer & fall). Barely used demo skis under $300 - with demo binding (great xmas gifts). Most models are from the last season so they are very current. Competition seems the key factor here.

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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post

If condition os the skis is important - some but not all internet vendor color the condition of the demos a bit. Evo is pretty good. Most reliable shop selling thru ebay are also very truthful.

 

I've had fantatic luck driving thru SVT (or other major concentration of ski areas) on season end and/or big holidays (summer & fall). Barely used demo skis under $300 - with demo binding (great xmas gifts). Most models are from the last season so they are very current. Competition seems the key factor here.


Evo, DenverWholesaleSKis, and powder7.com are probably the most overpriced outlets, with Evo being the most absurd. The price Evo lists for used gear is pretty insane. For example, they have a pair of used Nordica HotRod modified from the 07-08 season, a lower intermediate ski with trashy demo bindings mounted on it. It's listed as 'Bargain Bin'  condition. They want $359. When did they start smoking crack?

 

 It's not only used gear either. They want $350 for a pair of last year's K2 EXT twintips. You can get them at skis.com for $270. If you want deals, the last place to go is Evo.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by luckedogski View Post

Hi guys. 

I am getting new skis (as some of you saw before), and need some suggestons. I have heard that boots are the place to spend the cash, and skis can be used. But do used skis affect anything/ are they worn down to much? Are there ny website that have good used skis?

 

You realize you're doing this backwards; got the jacket, getting the skis, still haven't gotten the boots.  If you go get fitted for boots, there is a fairly good chance that you can also get a pair of last years skis and won't have to rely on a picture or pay for shipping.  You'll be able to inspect them ahead of time.  Also, if you buy boots and skis from a shop, they usually will move the bindings if needed and set them to the correct DIN free of charge (YMMV).  Many shops carry used skis too.  If you buy over the internet, you pay shipping and will have to pay a shop to move your bindings if needed.  Those two things can easily total $70 so make sure to figure that in to your deal.
 
Some sites like level9 will mount the bindings for you but you will need to tell them your boot size.  Need boots to do that.
 
I'm not against buying skis over the internet but want to make sure you consider all costs.  I think you would be better off going to a real ski shop, getting boots and see if you can work a deal on skis.  You can haggle the price of the skis.  Even if you don't or can't, you still need boots first.
 
Good luck,
 
Ken
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

ya. I actually decided on that yesterday. I went to get fitted for boots, and had them hold the ones I tried on, because I liked them so much. So I am going to et those boots, and they said they can transfer my bindings to new skis and do it all for me. It is all good. Thanks to everybody for your help!

post #8 of 11
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The price Evo lists for used gear is pretty insane.

 

Hmmm.  I bought a pair of 176 Fischer AMC 79s for $115 or so, with Railflex bindings.  I bought a pair of 158 Dynastar Exclusive Legend Powders for my wife for $140 with Look NX12 demos.

 

Right now, I see stuff like the Fischer Progressor 8 for $250ish with bindings after coupon code.

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I've seen good deals on evo.com as well.  My step-son bought new skis there for a very low price where he supplied a competitors price and they beat it.

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Originally Posted by luckedogski View Post

ya. I actually decided on that yesterday. I went to get fitted for boots, and had them hold the ones I tried on, because I liked them so much. So I am going to et those boots, and they said they can transfer my bindings to new skis and do it all for me. It is all good. Thanks to everybody for your help!



DING DING DING DING DING DING!!!!!

 

Ladies and Gentelmen, we have a winner.

 

Good for you.  Hope it all works out.

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