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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Wow. I feel for you, believe me. I have about a half-dozen mountains within a couple hours drive, and I can't imagine having to plan a vacation just to get some riding in.
As far as the original question, I've replaced my boots because they were getting too loose, and I've replaced my board because it was too stiff for the type of riding I was getting into. I've replaced one set of bindings because the ratchets were getting sketchy, and another set because I found them too heavy and unresponsive. So you can either replace equipment when it starts to fail (obvious) or you can replace it when you start to feel like it's limiting you. People on this forum like to say that the rider is more important than the ride, but equipment that's not up to the challenge can still harsh your day.
Frankly with the investment you have to make to get in your laps, I'd think the cost of some new equipment would be worth it to make sure that your vacation is as good as possible.
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