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post #1 of 6
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I bought a pair of Head Vector LTD boots new in South Lake Tahoe last March. Had a few rounds of work done on them, and they've been treating me well this season. Unfortunately today I took a tumble on an icy patch and one of the buckles got bent...

 

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This was my fault, not a manufacturing defect, but I have to ask if there's any way I could get the buckle replaced under warranty? (I'm in Colorado now, and have no option to go back to the original shop.)

 

Short of covered replacement, is replacing a buckle something a shop that handles Head boots could typically do? If so what might be a reasonable amount to pay?

 

I tried bending the buckle back straight, and moved it a bit, but didn't push it as the metal seems a bit fatigued and I didn't want to break it. As is it seems to be functional - I'll find out for sure when I ski next. So short term I might be able to get by, but I would like to get this fixed at some point.

 

All feedback appreciated.

post #2 of 6

$15 for a buckle, and $15 to install it, is what we charge.

 

Most stores will have some extra buckles, might not be the right color match, but will function 100%.

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Good to have a ballpark idea in case I end up going to a shop. Appreciate you sharing that.

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

$15 for a buckle, and $15 to install it, is what we charge.

 

Most stores will have some extra buckles, might not be the right color match, but will function 100%.


this is what I'd recommend^^^^

aluminum has no memory and straightening it is just like bending it again, so you are right to observe the buckle is already metal fatigued.

to replace it, the shop will likely have to replace both components, not just the bent side. a good reason to always have the buckles at least loosely buckled at all times, not up and out in the unbuckled position, in case you kick or scrape by something.

post #5 of 6
Hi, OP - were you able to get your buckle replaced? How much did it cost you for parts and labor? I'm having a similar issue with my head boots where I need to get a buckle replaced.

Thanks
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Never replaced the buckle, just lived with it since the way it is, and have never had a problem. I think I may have straightened it a little shortly after it got bent, but I honestly can't recall at this point. It still buckles fine - just a little bent.

 

Otherwise the boots are going strong - I've been very happy with them. I was thinking of maybe replacing them this season, but I've had some work done on them recently, and I think they're going to live a while longer.

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