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post #31 of 49
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

 If you're just picking through the bargain bin realize why not everything is available

 

 

Value is relative, it comes and goes.Many years ago, the sweet spot was short stiff skis, Volkl superstar series hot and it needed a product refresh after several years. Once they intro the next series, I saw superstars becoming cheaper. 

 

BTW,  I was skiing at a place I consider a skier's mountain, I saw so many rockers.


Edited by jack97 - 2/8/16 at 4:18am
post #32 of 49
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Originally Posted by scott112 View Post
 

Online stores I've been shopping, any good or bad reports on any? 

 

 

The-House

Evo

Level 9

Skis.com

SurfandSki.com

SkiEssentials.com 

I'll echo what others have said and I have good experiences with these retailers too (Have tried all but surfandski and skiessentials).  I have returned multiple things with Evo and skis.com and never had a problem or extra fees.  I buy a lot of clothes from sierratradingpost and recently returned a $1300 jacket I got on clearance sale.  I wore it several time but in a light rain (rated 20k waterproof), it got very wet inside very quickly.  Even used, they took it back, free shipping, no restock fee.  

post #33 of 49

Powder 7's great, too, and I think they understate the condition of their skis. I bought a pair of MX83s that seemed in much better condition than the description suggested, and the price was extremely reasonable.

post #34 of 49
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Originally Posted by scott112 View Post
 

I'm still ski searching. There's the old saying "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is." How true, if at all, could this be for buying skis online? I'm finding deals of 700-800 dollar skis for 200-300 dollars. That does seem too good to be true, especially considering these are big brand names like Volkl, Fischer, Rossignol, Salomon, etc....

 

Are skis one of the things I don't need to worry about with this? Will these places be selling "seconds" that might have slight defects in lengths or other things that could effect performance, along the lines of Nordstroms Rack or Sierra Trading Post? Do I need to worry about counterfit skis from the warehouse type places, considering the heavy discounts I'm finding? 

 

What model years?  What size?  For a ski that from a previous season in a size that isn't that popular, the mark down can be pretty big.  Are you looking at new or demo skis?

 

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Originally Posted by scott112 View Post
 

So basically, buy boots at full MSRP in store with bootfitter, but buy previous seasons skis online? Or wait until the models go onsale in store?

 

If you buy boots during early or late season sales, can get new boots at less than MSRP.  All my boots have been "new old stock" from previous model years for 10-30% off retail.  Bought in a ski shop with an experienced boot fitter.

 

Have yet to buy new skis from a shop.  But that's mostly because I don't live in an area where there are many ski shops that carry the brands/models that I want within an hour's drive.

post #35 of 49
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Originally Posted by scott112 View Post
 

Online stores I've been shopping, any good or bad reports on any? 

 

 

The-House

Evo

Level 9

Skis.com

SurfandSki.com

SkiEssentials.com 

 

Evo and Level 9 are often recommended for folks on a budget.  @skiessentials is great if you want to talk to someone about recommendations about what skis to consider.  Many people have been very happy working with him.

post #36 of 49

If you're talking new skis, and the sellers are reputable (several names I saw in a list above certainly are that), take the deal.

post #37 of 49
Minimum Advertised Price expires soon. With poor seasons in the east and parts or Europe, prices for gear are about to drop.
post #38 of 49
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Minimum Advertised Price expires soon. With poor seasons in the east and parts or Europe, prices for gear are about to drop.

 

 

I think you may be right.  Same thing happened last year in the west.

post #39 of 49
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^^^ Dalbello current generation Kryptons (Kr2) made their boot more upright; less forward lean and ramp angle. Their claim is it's more efficient with rocker skis.


PS... I have no bone to pick with rockers or Kr2.  right now, I rather spend my time with the equipment I have and have fun on the terrain that makes me smile.   

Jack, this has been an industry wide trend for several seasons now.
post #40 of 49
Have had no trouble with level9. They're backcountry.com's clearance site. Generally two day ground service between SLC and SEA and free shipping for purchases more than $100 or so.
post #41 of 49
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Have had no trouble with level9. They're backcountry.com's clearance site. Generally two day ground service between SLC and SEA and free shipping for purchases more than $100 or so.

I thought Steep and Cheap was the outlet for Backcountry. Are you sure about L9? I wondered how their prices are so low. I've bought several pairs of skis and poles from L9 with no problems and excellent service.
post #42 of 49
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I thought Steep and Cheap was the outlet for Backcountry. Are you sure about L9? I wondered how their prices are so low. I've bought several pairs of skis and poles from L9 with no problems and excellent service.


^this is correct.

post #43 of 49
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post


Jack, this has been an industry wide trend for several seasons now.

 

That's my point, the trend has been going more up right and less ramp angle. I can see myself skiing on skinny skis for the next 20 years, so I bought first gen Kryptons which was priced significantly lower because the market trended away from these types of boots. 

 

btw.... If I outlast my current boots, I'm think of trying these, they're from the old Raichle molds.

 

post #44 of 49

Level 9 is great. I won't buy anything unless it is at least 50% off MSRP. Evo and skis.com are hit or miss. Telemarkdown is another site that does not get enough credit.

 

Also checkout Sierra Trading Post and The Clymb. Both of those sites are hit or miss. STP used to be better before it was bought out by TJ Maxx. Look out for their coupon codes which seem to be more stringy in the last year. I'm not sure if my spam filter picks them up too much, but I rarely get their emails now.

post #45 of 49
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Originally Posted by bliz1978 View Post
 

Level 9 is great. I won't buy anything unless it is at least 50% off MSRP. Evo and skis.com are hit or miss. Telemarkdown is another site that does not get enough credit.

 

Also checkout Sierra Trading Post and The Clymb. Both of those sites are hit or miss. STP used to be better before it was bought out by TJ Maxx. Look out for their coupon codes which seem to be more stringy in the last year. I'm not sure if my spam filter picks them up too much, but I rarely get their emails now.

 

I had to resign up for STP emails.  For some reason we stopped getting them.  Signed up again and usually get them around 3 days a week.

post #46 of 49
You're lucky. I'm getting three a day!!
post #47 of 49

If you buy boots online (EBay), look for lightly used. There are millions of people out there selling their boots because they don't like them. With photos of the soles you can tell if they have been used much. Most people who don't like their boots will sell them before they get much wear out of them. Be super cheapo because you always want to be able to resell for a profit if they don't work out. Bought a Technica Ten.2 120 HVL this season for 80$ on EBay. Boot is still selling at shops now for >500$.

post #48 of 49
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If you buy boots online (EBay), look for lightly used. There are millions of people out there selling their boots because they don't like them. With photos of the soles you can tell if they have been used much. Most people who don't like their boots will sell them before they get much wear out of them. Be super cheapo because you always want to be able to resell for a profit if they don't work out. Bought a Technica Ten.2 120 HVL this season for 80$ on EBay. Boot is still selling at shops now for >500$.

don't buy used boots on-line... without seen the boot, test it (try it on), you won't be able to determine any custom modifications to shell (if any). Use gear swap to get a used boots, at least there you could see the boot and try them on before committing

post #49 of 49
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Originally Posted by BullOfTheWoods View Post
 

If you buy boots online (EBay), look for lightly used. There are millions of people out there selling their boots because they don't like them. With photos of the soles you can tell if they have been used much. Most people who don't like their boots will sell them before they get much wear out of them. Be super cheapo because you always want to be able to resell for a profit if they don't work out. Bought a Technica Ten.2 120 HVL this season for 80$ on EBay. Boot is still selling at shops now for >500$.

don't buy used boots on-line... without seen the boot, test it (try it on), you won't be able to determine any custom modifications to shell (if any). Use gear swap to get a used boots, at least there you could see the boot and try them on before committing


Don't buy any boots online. Save your money and go to a real boot fitter. Buy second hand skis, chintz on jackets and gloves, pick up yard-sale poles, but get your boots from a boot fitter who knows what he or she is doing.

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