How old is your handle and rope?

MikeMike Posts: 40 Baller
edited June 8 in Other Stuff
Have an In Tow .98 Handle and Perfect Pass rope that got wet for literally just a few sets. Bought them roughly
9-10 years ago.
Returning to the sport after that same time frame. Do I pitch these or keep these?




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  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 588 Crazy Baller
    Pitch.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    trash

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    Also please don't drink before you try to post pictures in the Forum

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  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 241 Baller
    How were they stored? If in doubt send to me & my crew will stress test for you
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    edited June 8
    Now that I see the pictures..... as long as you're not a heavy guy and you're just getting back in to slalom that rope and handle will probably be fine for a while. I would not use that rope if there were kids in the boat because theoretically, it's much more likely to break than a new rope.

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  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,522 Mega Baller
    By the way, to properly measure your handle to ensure it meets tolerances at a tournament, it needs to be put under a 20 kg (44 lb) load. I'd probably even do that right after I've skied with it and while it is still wet.

    Side note: I had InTow ropes and handles for a while before getting the new Masterline rope this year. It is unlikely anything will be out of tolerance.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
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  • MikeMike Posts: 40 Baller
    edited June 9
    @Rednucleus stored in my garage and later a storage unit in open air. Were not exposed to sun. I am going to just pitch em. Don't want to get anybody or myself hurt from dry rot that you can't see.
    (edit) @bananaron feels pretty comfortable using the rope and it will hopefully be safe for him. Will hang onto the 12" .98 Handle just for comparison sake with a Radar .94 13" I just ordered. I will post up when if that .98 12" handle is avail. Just cover postage.
  • bananaronbananaron Posts: 272 Crazy Baller
    LOL.....Really I could probably pull a 1/2 ton pickup out of a MN winter snow ditch with that rope.I have been skiing for 60 yrs and have had many different brands of ropes and have used them for many yrs and not had a problem.For many yrs Ihave been skiing 2 to 3 times a day.If you don't want the ropes I will gladly take them and put them to use pulling some of my young students...........
    Ron Engblom Brainerd lakes,minnesota
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  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,506 Mega Baller
    I wonder if there is a proof spec you could use.

    I'd ski that.
  • allycatallycat Posts: 195 Baller
    that rope looks like new i would use it but if its the only one your got i would get a new one anyway always carry a spare in the boat.
    Mike
  • MikeMike Posts: 40 Baller
    Just ordered a new 13" .94 Radar Vapor Bar handle and Radar rope @allycat. Old rope is boxed up and sending to @bananaron … appreciate the input
    jimskiRednucleusallycat
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    It really depends on skiing level and how much you ski but old ropes are hard on your body. They just become stiffer over time. Old ropes are likely also a little short. 28 off or less it is not terrible but if you are into 32 or shorter get serious and use fresh ropes.

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  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 348 Crazy Baller
    And old ropes will tend to dry rot. A few years ago I pulled out a rope I had not used for maybe 2 years, stored in similar way to yours, pulling across the wakes it just snapped. Be careful.
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  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,632 Mega Baller
    If the material is soft and does not feel stiff or brittle by all means use it.
    Otherwise cut it up for dock lines, luggage tie downs and trick releases..
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.


    Mike
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