11/9/2020 Binding Recycling
Don’t clutter the landfills with old broken tech bindings! It’s understandable to think a busted heel riser is the end for your whole binding set up, but it’s not! Someone somewhere can use the still-good parts to milk a few more seasons out of their investment. It’s kind of like grabbing an alternator from the junkyard to keep the ol’ Subaru chugging along. Oh, and you’ll earn store credit on top of your environmental kudos.
Here’s how it works: We act as the intermediary by buying used and/or broken bindings from you in order to salvage the working components. Bring or ship your binding to our retail store where we’ll evaluate it and issue store credit based on the current market value of the working parts. We can’t tell you the exact value in advance, but rest assured you will get fair compensation, usually between $25-$50 for each working toe or heel piece. Smaller amounts are issued for the working parts on otherwise broken components.
In order to ensure that we only provide quality gear to our customers, we don’t accept parts in poor condition. When evaluating the safety of a binding, some of the things we look for are sheared or excessively worn toe pins, stress fractures in the metal or plastic, and unusual play. But even in those cases, there are usually harvestable parts on a tech binding that someone could use. If you need a part, be sure to check out our listings for Used Dynafit Parts and Used Binding Parts (non-Dynafit) to see what we currently have in stock.
There isn’t a hard age-limit on recycled bindings, but we do have a limited number of models that we work with. Let’s face it, some obscure bindings have no market value and likely belong in a museum. The binding models we accept are all models we currently stock, plus the discontinued models listed below:
Dynafit Radical ST/FT
Dynafit Vertical ST/FT
Dynafit Comfort Series
Dynafit Speed Superlite
Dynafit Low Tech Race
Dynafit TLT Speed
Ski Trab TR-Race
Ski Trab Titan
Hagan Ultra or ZR
Plum Race Series
Please note when purchasing used parts that they do not come with a warranty and we cannot be liable for their use. We offer this program as a service to folks who understand the risks inherent to skiing, especially in the backcountry. We perform a basic visual inspection and cannot see microscopic stress fractures and other defects that may affect your safety. If you are not comfortable with these risks, please purchase a new binding or part instead. We allow returns of used parts within 10 days if you are unhappy with the condition or discover the part won't work for you.
That’s the general gist of our binding recycling (a.k.a. trade-in) program! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to Contact Us. Ultimately, we hope bindings never fail. But if they do, we’re here to help everyone get back on the skin track ASAP! Win win win.
This article was originally published on 10/10/2016 and was last updated on 11/9/2020.