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Ski performance and Passage of time: new 2012 Moment PBJ VS. 2018 PBJ??
The PBJ has never changed in design. I wonder how the passage of time affects a ski that is not skiid often. I have a chance to buy some 2011/12 PBJs that have sat in someone garages for 5 years, stored so as to not compress their camber.
All things equal, how will a 2011 vs 2018 ski perform? Will the wood core lose pop? Totally ignorance.
UV rays could damage/fade things but if stored in a dark garage, the only issue would usually be oxidation of the edges or bases if they weren't sealed with wax. The reason you put on "Summer Wax" when you store skis in the Spring for the year is that you are sealing the bases so they don't oxidize and dry out. If they are still in wrapper or at least have factory wax to seal them there should be very little drying out of the base. If they didn't have any wax sealing the bases, worst case just get a base grind/edge tune to remove any oxidation and get them factory fresh again.
If they were have bindings mounted on them and used before storage, then another issue is if the bindings were professional installed with glue to seal screw holes as water getting into the core will cause problems. If professionally installed bindings, then maybe get the bindings tested for proper release etc while you are getting the bases/edges tuned up as I'm sure there will be oxidation on the bases/edges if stored for 5 years after use. All skis lose a bit of their pop after use and most experts think 100 or so full skiing days is when "skis are due for replacement" from lose of pop etc. although park skis hitting rails rarely make it that long. lol
So after a proper tune up and check over, these skis should be the same as current ones with the same amount of days skied on them really. Go for it if they aren't abused.
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