Skimo Co

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.

Furloughed binding bits ready to get back to work

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.

And now for the fun part, use that credit to upgrade to fancier bindings, new skis, a stack of guidebooks, that skin suit you've been eyeing up - whatever you might need!

The anatomy of a classic Dynafit TLT Speed alpine touring binding.

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

Plum Guide

Kreuzspitze SCTT(T)

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.


Comment from Andrew M
Great program! Do you take zed brakes and G3 crampons?
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Comment from Craig
Some how-to's would be an awesome blog addition! Replacing a wing on my kreuzspitze GTs right now...
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Comment from Kevin Woolley
I've got some used green SSL 2.0 heels to swap for used white ones, my wife is flying to SLC this weekend. Do you have 2 white used heels to purchase? Do I send the used ones without screws? I hope so because I will need the screws to swap in the white heels.
Reply from jbo
Hi Kevin, looks like we currently have one used white one in stock; we have new ones as well. Screws are not necessary for a trade-in, we have plenty of those!
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Comment from Gregg
What a great service. When I return from Hokkaido I will mail in some parts (brakes for vertical st's). Do you have classic heel plates? #8 in exploded pic.
Reply from jbo
Hi Gregg, happy to accept your parts. Unfortunately no classic heel plates in the bin at the moment, but we see them from time to time.
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