View Full Version : ski has a crack- suggestions?

05-05-2012, 01:52 PM
My brother has an O'Brien Sixam with a crack in the tail of the ski from right behind the fin to the end of the ski- anyone have any suggestions as to what to do, if anything, about it?

east tx skier
05-05-2012, 01:56 PM
I have fixed older carbon/graphite skies with marine tex epoxy putty. Just push it into the crack and give it a few minute to set. Then sand it down and you're good to go.

With a Sixam being such a high performance ski, there is a bit of concern in my opinion.

05-05-2012, 01:59 PM
I should have added that the crack goes all the way thru.

east tx skier
05-05-2012, 02:02 PM
I have repaired a CDX with a crushed tail before. But we never used it for much more than a recreational ski after that. I'd be leery of that sixam.

05-05-2012, 02:04 PM
Have a dealer send it back to Obrien skis. Even if it is out of warranty, they may prorate the cost of a replacement for you. I have seen it done before.

east tx skier
05-05-2012, 02:06 PM
Agreed. I sent an original sixam back to them once to get an opinion on its health. They gave it a good once over and paid the return shipping.

05-05-2012, 02:14 PM
Bought it from Wiley's about 6 years ago. Probably should call O'Brien and see what they say. Cost too much to stop using it!!

05-05-2012, 02:49 PM
Bought it from Wiley's about 6 years ago. Probably should call O'Brien and see what they say. Cost too much to stop using it!!

But it would really suck to get injured when you blow the tail out.

05-05-2012, 03:29 PM
I would not ski it ....... Just my $0.02

05-05-2012, 04:40 PM
Call Wiley's. You bought it from them. They will back you up with O'brien.

05-05-2012, 11:10 PM
Call Wiley's. You bought it from them. They will back you up with O'brien.

? After six years? I would be very surprised.

05-06-2012, 12:51 AM
I wouldnt ski it....but I would try sending it back....you never know! I have heard of crazier things being warrantied by ski manufacturers, that for sure.
A buddy of mine used to have a D3 that he pulled the metal inserts out of in a hard fall. (should have tightened his screws) Anyway he got it fixed. He skied it a few times and then scrapped it. He just didn't have confidence in it to really ski it properly.

05-06-2012, 11:10 AM
If you ski hard and stress the ski to its limit is it worth the risk of injury? Our sport is expensive and if you ski hard or are advanced.... I see it as a no brainer to get a new ski... www.ski-it-again.com

be safe and have fun...

05-06-2012, 02:03 PM
Dont know what size sixam you have, but Overtons is advertising 66" Sixam 2 points for 199

05-06-2012, 07:22 PM
That's a great buy on a new sixam- too bad it's too small. Current ski is 67.5" and he thinks he should have a 68".

05-07-2012, 11:36 AM
This is what happened to my monza 2007 model. It was warrantied for a brand new 2012 A2


Send your ski back. My ski was 100% Not skiable and HO covered shipping and let me keep the broken ski because it had sentimental values (regional and national tournaments. And no I did not have the "Hook Up" at HO. When I called them I was treated like any other customer.

05-08-2012, 04:52 PM
How'd the crack get there?

05-08-2012, 05:56 PM
I don't know how my crack got in there. I did notice my ski started to feel spongy in the turns. I ran a -35 and struggled the whole pass. Took my binding off to this result. The rear binding plate was keeping the ski together. Anyway HO upgraded my monza to a 2012 brand new A2.

As far as the ski that the OP has......well we still know nothing about how it cracked.

05-08-2012, 11:25 PM
That's what i was thinking. If it cracked in normal use they might meet you half way, whereas if you backed a trailer over it, you're probably on your own.

05-10-2012, 03:12 PM
He doesn't know how it got there, but apparently he knew it was like that last summer when he was using it. The guy at Wiley's said he would keep skiing on it. He's sending a picture to O'Brien though, just to see. It's nothing like the crack in that red HO ski.

05-12-2012, 12:23 PM
O'Brien won't do anything because it has been 6 years, but they said it should be fine to continue skiing on.