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post #1 of 15
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Is it worth paying ~$500+ for ski jackets and pants? I know they aren't like normal clothes and do actually cost a notable amount to make, but average prices seem steep. Are there any brands out there doing quality ski gear that is fuctionally sound at reasonable prices?

And is it worth having this season's latest vs. used or older stuff?

post #2 of 15
Re Bang for buck brands: Check out lethal descent. Making incredibly high quality stuff with advanced fabrics and touches you'd find in the $500 category at a fraction. Jonathan Ellsworth did a review of their 3l jacket recently at blister gear if you want to learn more.
post #3 of 15

I'm a big fan of Sierra Trading Post and have been getting pretty much all my stuff from them. I always wait for the 40% extra coupons and I don't by anything for less than 35% extra discount. They have top notch technical brands like Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardware and also other great quality brands like marmot, descent. you can also get really cheap stuff from columbia.

 

their shipping rates weren't very cheap though but it's not uncommon to have a 99 cents or free shipping with coupon codes.

post #4 of 15

I've used Sierra Trading often for my kids and agree if you use their additional coupons/discounts on top of their current discount, you can get nice deals..

 

However I'd disagree with the shipping cost, normally most anything I order is ~$6-$8 bucks and if your not positive on size (works great for shoes/boots) order two (or one up and down) and you can return ship for $6.95 with preprinted label ... not a bad cost to ensure you get the right size.

post #5 of 15

Wait around for flylow gear to go on sale. Stuff is bombproof.  Bent gate mountaineering has great deals on stuff towards seasons end

post #6 of 15

Check this place out:

 

http://www.yourstoretoexplore.com

 

nothing fancy but its cheap 

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks, how do I get the coupons for sierra?
post #8 of 15
sign up for their dealflyer emails, like them on facebook and follow on twitter... it's the best way to be up to date with their deals, every single day there is a deal going on... some great other not so good! you will also be able to find coupons on those deals website, but getting them directly from stp is the beat way to have the most up to date stuff!

also they do offer lifetime returns with refund in the first 6 months of purchase or credit store after that.

MGA3387M here is one for 35% and 99c shipping orders $75 or more
ZGC8319X 35% and free shipping orders $100 or more
post #9 of 15

Join REI if you're not already a member and wait for members sales. Shop end of season and preseason sales with REI and with other local shops. I'm using Goretex gear right now--Spyder and Marmot--and paid less than half of the 500+ you're talking about. No need to pay full retail for anything (unless you're looking for a pair of Bonafides.)

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by arturocarlos View Post

Is it worth paying ~$500+ for ski jackets and pants? I know they aren't like normal clothes and do actually cost a notable amount to make, but average prices seem steep. Are there any brands out there doing quality ski gear that is fuctionally sound at reasonable prices?

And is it worth having this season's latest vs. used or older stuff?

 

The OP is from the UK so this won't help him, but great deals can also be had at the The North Face factory outlets when they have their sales.  The outlet's goods don't carry the warrany, but I've never had a problem.

 

Do you need to spend a fortune on ski clothing?  No, but the better quality stuff will last longer, be more comfortable and perhaps warmer.  If you aren't a fashion maven, buy neutral color goods and keep them forever.  A black or red shell is a black or red shell, no matter what year it was manufactured.

post #11 of 15

It really depends on how often you'll be using the gear on what kind of price point and quality you should go for.  Cheaper stuff tears up quicker and loses water repellant coating faster than the more expensive stuff does.  Regardless, being wet and cold is not a good way to learn to ski and enjoy it.  Beginners spend a lot more time with their hands and butt in the snow getting wet and cold.  Start with something functional then look at more serious gear when you decide to get more serious about skiing and skiing often.

post #12 of 15

Spend your money on a good base layer first. If you can't also afford good outer wear at least you can stay warm.

If you stick with the sport upgrade your outer gear as you can afford it. Good breathable gear is worth it but only if used. 

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the advice, I am actually an experienced skier, (having skied since I was five, though far from expert), but I am for the first time able to ski under my own budget and my old cheap-and-cheerful-cuz-he's-still-growing stuff is a bit knackered (and a frankly wierd mix of greys with red highlights).
post #14 of 15

I have quality clothes but they were nearly all bought on sale--either through Sierra Trading Post, REI-outlet.com, or at stores at the end of the season when everything is on clearance. We also have big sales in September of each year where shops are trying to get rid of anything that's left over from the previous season. Oh, and Ebay--you can find new, never worn clothes on ebay. I don't think there's any reason to pay full price for ski clothes--you can always find something good quality on sale. At least here in the US--I'm not familiar with the ins and outs of UK shopping and sales.

post #15 of 15

Climateski in the UK have good deals on some lines, comparable prices to sierra and level nine.

The best deal I've had on ski gear has been from amazon during a one off mark down of Spyder stuff. They have very low shipping rates as well at least to Australia.

Try geartrade as well for backcountrys clearouts, not sure if they ship to UK direct though.

 

Quality gear thats light, dry, warm and  breathes well  can transform your day on the hill.
 

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