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Hi everyone, I am curious where to buy skis and boots online? What are some of the better sites everyone uses? Kind of limited with local retailers here in the midwest. Thanks.

post #2 of 14

There are lots of good online sites but you'd better know what you are looking for before you buy ski equipment online.  This most especially goes for buying boots.  You should buy boots at a good ski shop if at all possible as it's impossible to fit ski boots via computer!

 

Here are some of the places I've purchased ski gear through:

 

levelninesports.com

evogear.com

o2gearshop.com

rei.com

trusnow.com

dawgcatching.com -site owner, Scott is a regular here and will set you up right.

backcountry.com
 

Happy hunting,

Mike

 

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Originally Posted by j1lanterno View Post

Hi everyone, I am curious where to buy skis and boots online? What are some of the better sites everyone uses? Kind of limited with local retailers here in the midwest. Thanks.

post #3 of 14

Don't forget Start haus  a great place in addition to above! 

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MikeC.   If you are going to buy ski boots on line you better know what you're doing and absolutely make sure they have a 100% return policy.   I have same problem up here in remote Idaho and have a almost small foot for a male (just slightly less than a 9) ordered two different boot one year from Back Country and wore all day in living room on carpet, chose one and returned other. But, last boot purchase I drove 4 hours to try boots and got a better fit and better boot.   Bought my last skis from Start Haus,  talk to Philpug here on epic, good service, good price. Buy ski wax etc. from Slidewright here on Epic too.

 

Have bought quite a few things from Backcountry.com and always happy with their service and especially the "Live Chat" for questions etc. but they are a little expensive.

post #5 of 14

The list MikeC posted is good, but like his suggestion about dawgcatching, you could look at the Special Deals for EpicSki Members area here on EpicSki and do business with any one of the good people who support the site, which also gives you benefit of interacting with them about the gear.

 

As Mike says,......happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post

MikeC.   If you are going to buy ski boots on line you better know what you're doing and absolutely make sure they have a 100% return policy.   I have same problem up here in remote Idaho and have a almost small foot for a male (just slightly less than a 9) ordered two different boot one year from Back Country and wore all day in living room on carpet, chose one and returned other. But, last boot purchase I drove 4 hours to try boots and got a better fit and better boot.   Bought my last skis from Start Haus,  talk to Philpug here on epic, good service, good price. Buy ski wax etc. from Slidewright here on Epic too.

 

Have bought quite a few things from Backcountry.com and always happy with their service and especially the "Live Chat" for questions etc. but they are a little expensive.

That is the truth.  I tried buying online for both my wife and I.  Ended up sending the boots back but I was still out the cost of shipping.  I ended up driving 5 hours to Chicago to see Jdoyal for some boots.  It was worth the time in the car and in the end I spent less on boots.

 

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If you know exactly what you want I use www.thefind.com, look on eBay, or Google it. Normally takes some searching, but between Feb and April, you should see some good discounts out there.
post #8 of 14

powder7.com has some great deals

post #9 of 14
Do not buy boots online. You will most likely end up in something that is either too big or too painful. Other gear store suggestions are good.
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Don't forget Start haus  a great place in addition to above! 

 

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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post

MikeC.   If you are going to buy ski boots on line you better know what you're doing and absolutely make sure they have a 100% return policy.   I have same problem up here in remote Idaho and have a almost small foot for a male (just slightly less than a 9) ordered two different boot one year from Back Country and wore all day in living room on carpet, chose one and returned other. But, last boot purchase I drove 4 hours to try boots and got a better fit and better boot.   Bought my last skis from Start Haus,  talk to Philpug here on epic, good service, good price. Buy ski wax etc. from Slidewright here on Epic too.

 

Have bought quite a few things from Backcountry.com and always happy with their service and especially the "Live Chat" for questions etc. but they are a little expensive.


icon14.gif +1 on Starthaus and Philpug.  I met Phil at ESA Stowe a few months ago.  He was great - talked me through the options and in the end I think he knew what I needed better than I did myself.  He was really helpful, gave me a great price, and the skis arrived just when he said they would.  I'd highly recommend them.

 

As for boots, I'd have to agree with what most others have said here... don't buy online if you can help it.

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powder7.com has some great deals

they do have some great deals, and lucky for us right up the road in Golden.  But to echo a later post, got linked up with SierraJim at Starthaus and instead of year old demo skis got new, just last year's, Nordica Hot Rod Jet Fuel Skis that have been great this year... Bottom Line ++1 on Starthaus...esp. with the free shipping and solid packing.
 

post #12 of 14

Backcountry.com

By far the best out there online, especially customer service.

 

post #13 of 14

Ski essentials has some good deals and the guys there are very useful too

post #14 of 14

I agree with some of the other reviewers, backcountry has been hands down the best 

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