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Gear Condition Guide

The Gear Condition Guide is designed to show you what to expect from each of our condition levels.  All of our used gear at evo goes through an extensive cleaning and grading process before it is shipped.  We have seven gear condition categories outside of new including: Premium, Standard Plus, Standard, Value, Bargain Bin, New Demo and New Blem.


 Premium Condition


Skis and Snowboards 

Premium used gear is rare and goes quickly.  Product that falls into the Premium condition category shows almost no cosmetic wear. These items are practically new.  All used gear shows some signs of use, however, buying our Premium grade product ensures that you will both receive gear with a fabulous appearance as well as have cash in your pocket for lift tickets and helicopter rides.  You know, all the necessities in life.


Ski Boots 

Premium ski boots have no scratching on the shells.  The toe and heel pieces appear to be almost new.  The ski boot liner is smooth, with no tearing or significant signs of wear.   

  • Best alternative to buying NEW  
  • Excellent cosmetic and physical condition
  • Used approximately less than 10 times
  • Performs as NEW 

 Standard Plus Condition 


Skis and Snowboards

Oh the savings you get with Standard Plus condition gear.  Gear in the Standard Plus classification shows slightly more cosmetic wear than Premium gear but still looks good.  Any scratching on the products does not detract much from the cosmetic appeal. This group will never have any physical damage that will hinder the performance of the product. In other words, the gear in this group will never have any gouges, blown edges, core-shots or other performance hindering blemishes. 


Ski Boots

Ski boots in Standard Plus condition feature light scratching that is difficult to see from a distance and should not affect the cosmetics or performance of the boot.  Standard Plus ski boots will have slightly noticeable wear on the toe and/or the heel pieces. Boots will be fully functional and safe in bindings, and the overall toe/heel shape should still be almost new.

  • Barely even used!
  • Will have slight cosmetic wear, may have the ski size written with a marker on the topsheet
  • Used approximately 10-20 times
  • Performs as NEW

 Standard Condition 


Skis and Snowboards

Standard is our most popular used gear classification and certainly a staff pick.  Most used gear falls into the Standard condition group. This includes equipment that shows standard cosmetic wear from normal use. While “standard” and “normal” are very subjective, we hope the above pictures will help clarify the description. The standard group will never have any physical damage that will hinder the performance of the product. In other words, a pair of skis or a snowboard in the standard group will not have any blown edges, core-shots or other performance hindering blemishes.  Expect scratching on the topsheet and minor base scratches.   You’ll be grinning from ear to ear when you are in the lift line next to the guy who paid twice as much for the same gear.


Ski Boots

Moderate scratching is visible when wearing the boots, but it will not affect their performance. Many boots will have wear on the inside from hitting the ski/snowboard edge, which is normal. If this is the only scratching on the boot, it is considered to have moderate scratching.  The toe and heel will be square with moderate wear and scratching.

  • Excellent value
  • Will have cosmetic wear typical of normal use such as minor chipping or scratching
  • Used approximately 10-30 times  

 Value Condition 


Skis and Snowboards

Don’t get me started on the Value group.  Like the Standard group, the gear that is in the value group will not have any performance hindering damage. What differentiates a Value product from a Standard product is the amount of cosmetic wear. For instance, scratching, scraping or a chip out of a top sheet qualifies an item for the Value distinction. For those who aren't worried about more cosmetic wear, buying Value rated products is the best way to go for maximum savings without sacrificing performance.  That’s a deal!


Ski Boots

Heavy scratching covers more than half of the boot and is easily visible.

The toe and/or heel piece will have lost some of its squareness, but boots are safe and skiable.  A small rip—up to half an inch—in the liner material that should not become any longer when the boot is worn qualifies the boot for Value condition.

  • Best Value
  • More wear and tear but will not affect performance
  • Notable scratching, scrapes, or chips
  • Used approximately 20-40 times

 Bargain Bin Condition



The Bargain Bin group contains product that has some type of significant wear and may have damage that could shorten the life of the item.  All Bargain Bin items are skiable and safe for the user.  All skis with unsafe bindings are eliminated from this group.  Truthfully, most of the skis in this group look better than the boards I ski everyday.  


Skis and Snowboards 

Items in the Bargain Bin Group offer an opportunity to leverage your dollar.  If you are new to the sport you can get a feel for the snow before going all out on NEW gear.  If you are the type of user who is hard on gear, need some early or late season rock skis, or great at repairs, then buying from the Bargain Bin group is an excellent option.  The savings in the Bargain Bin Group allow you an opportunity to buy two or three like items instead of one at the same price. Get a pair of all mountain skis and those powder skis you want!  If you are good at repairs or are on a very tight budget, buying from an item with a Bargain Bin is the way to go. 


The following damage can constitute Bargain Bin rating for a ski or snowboard:

  • Possible heavy scratching that covers over 5% of the base
  • Possible top sheet gouge to the core of the ski
  • Possible compressed edge
  • Possible cracked edge (Eg. hairline crack)
  • Possible top sheet delamination 

Any skis with dysfuctional bindings are thrown away.  All bindings will be in safe working order.  All of the above are certainly worst case scenarios and wear is usually fairly minor in comparison to the descriptions above.  The majority of pre-existing wear can be repaired.  Please consult your local shop for an assessment or do it yourself.


Ski Boots

Bargain bin boots may have a major tear that has the potential to continue tearing and makes the boot look like it has seen significant use. Tear length is more than half of an inch. Bargain bin boots may have any or all of the damage listed in the Premium through Value categories.


Who should purchase Bargain Bin?

  • New Participants to the sport.  Don’t throw away money to rentals, buy reasonable, functional gear to try before you go all out and purchase the kitchen sink!
  •  Gear heads that like to do repairs will love the Bargain Bin.
  • Rough Riders?  You know who you are.  If you are especially hard on gear Bargain Bin is the way to go.
  • Price conscious shoppers looking to get the BEST possible price!


 New Demo Condition

New Demo gear is made up of showroom samples (either from the evo store or from the manufacturer)  these products may have light scratches or scuff marks, but have never been used.  In many cases this equipment is NEW gear that is missing the manufacturers labeling, documentation and/or packaging.


 New Blem Condition

New Blem products are brand new items that have minor manufacturer blemishes.  Blemishes may include graphic imperfections or minor pits, bumps or scratches.  These blemishes will not affect the performance of the product in any way and the items are covered by the full manufacturer’s warranty.