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Online stores to buy tuning equipment

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
As many of you know, I'm in the about to buy ski tuning equipment. What are your favorite online stores for tuning equipment? I know of some of the major ones that have been discussed on Epicski such as Reliable Racing, Tognar, Slidewright, Racewerks, Racewax and Artech. Any others you'd recommend?
post #2 of 22
http://www.tognar.com Tognar Toolworks has a huge supply and good info.

Others are Race-werks.com, artechski.com snowshack.com

I've bought from all 4 of the above with very good experiences.

Also look for the Bear supporters who offer discounts to supporters (if you become one) look in apinord and doctord posts for their signatures which have links.
post #3 of 22
You've already got the main ones, and (I think) every one I've ever actually bought anything from.

A few others which may or may not be useful:

http://www.drzags.com/
http://www.proformskiing.com/
http://www.the-raceplace.com/ (Beast products, and others)
http://www.coloradofreeride.com
http://www.webxites.com/default.asp?id=37054
http://www.svst.com/
post #4 of 22
We've purchased from both racewax.com (Dr. D) and slidewright.com (Alpinord) with excellent results. They both have great customer service and support, and I believe they both offer discounts for supporters.
post #5 of 22
I have not used either of them for ordering yet, but Holmenkol US wax site has some tools and also FK Tools site which manufactures and sells the multi-tuner and other items like scrapers and stones files, etc. on their site direct.

http://www.holmenkol.us/
http://www.fktools-us.com/ProductIndex.asp
post #6 of 22
i started seriously tuning by buying the biggest "kit" that reliable racing sells.

I dont know if its really the best deal or the best quality. someone else can chime in with that.

i dont regret it one bit. IMO its the easyest way to get most everything you need to start tuning at once.
post #7 of 22
http://www.tognar.com
cheap/affordable with great quality stuff
post #8 of 22
If you're a supporter check out the deals section in the Lounge - pretty good discounts on tuning stuff there.
post #9 of 22

racewax hands down

Do yourself a favor, go to www.racewax.com. Not only will you find the best gear at a great price, the shipping is so fast you'll get vertigo! Sure, there are lots of places to get your stuff, but if you buy from racewax, I can guarantee you that you:
  1. Will not be disappointed.
  2. Cannot find a better deal.
  3. Cannot go to a website that has so much free structuring and waxing advise. I'm talking learning FIS techniques, MFG secrets, and more.
  4. Cannot find a more "stoked bout skiing"seller than Marc. (the owner)
  5. Marc is a chemist and makes his own wax at about 1/2 the price of Toko's.
  6. This wax is FAST. See his testomonials page.
I will not go anywhere else and I highly recommend racewax to all my ski and board brethren.
post #10 of 22
Has anybody bought from Gear West http://gear-west.stores.yahoo.net/ ?

I was thinking of ordering from these guys since they had good prices on the items that I wanted.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by skiaddiction View Post
Do yourself a favor, go to www.racewax.com. Not only will you find the best gear at a great price, the shipping is so fast you'll get vertigo! Sure, there are lots of places to get your stuff, but if you buy from racewax, I can guarantee you that you:
  1. Will not be disappointed.
  2. Cannot find a better deal.
  3. Cannot go to a website that has so much free structuring and waxing advise. I'm talking learning FIS techniques, MFG secrets, and more.
  4. Cannot find a more "stoked bout skiing"seller than Marc. (the owner)
  5. Marc is a chemist and makes his own wax at about 1/2 the price of Toko's.
  6. This wax is FAST. See his testomonials page.
I will not go anywhere else and I highly recommend racewax to all my ski and board brethren.
Second that. Marc also will answer your emails and phone calls, and is really patient with newbie questions. A real pleasure to deal with.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by aaron01 View Post
Has anybody bought from Gear West http://gear-west.stores.yahoo.net/ ?

I was thinking of ordering from these guys since they had good prices on the items that I wanted.
Small shop outside of Minneapolis. Good people. I have bought bikes there.
post #13 of 22
I recently bought my first tuning supplies from Racewax.com. I called DrD with some questions on wax selection since we both ski the same places and he was super helpful, plus he is a fellow Pennsylvanian. He has my business in the future. No offense to any of the others here. As a small business owner myself, I try to support the local guys with whatever I buy as much as possible.
post #14 of 22
I also vote for racewax.com.
post #15 of 22
how about www.kuu.com for us Southern Ontarians?
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by RShea View Post
I have not used either of them for ordering yet, but Holmenkol US wax site has some tools and also FK Tools site which manufactures and sells the multi-tuner and other items like scrapers and stones files, etc. on their site direct.

http://www.holmenkol.us/
http://www.fktools-us.com/ProductIndex.asp
I agree that Holmenkol is a great place to get some great stuff. I find that you have to get stuff from a few different places to get all the right stuff.

Holmenkol has some great stuff and you can buy direct off of their website. They have some of the best diamond stone I have ever used. They have a sticky backed diamond strip that is replaceable. Their 120 grit is awesome. They also have great brushes.

For bevel guides you might as well get the best and go with sun Valley Skit tool. Go to Race works to get that stuff. Their sister company is SVST and manufactures it.
post #17 of 22
www.reliableracing.com is the only way to go. Fast, cheap, and and when i say cheep i mean like really cheap.
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
I purchased my tuning equipment from Artech.com and Slidewright.com. Great service with both. From all the comparison shopping I did, both Artech and Slidewright had the best prices. I got everythnig I needed from the 2 sites. Thanks to all who posted and helped out.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by MichigainSkiMan View Post
www.reliableracing.com is the only way to go. Fast, cheap, and and when i say cheep i mean like really cheap.
I would agree Reliable is good, but I can usually find sources that beat their regular prices on tuning and wax stuff. They have a great selection, knowledgable, etc. but unless it is a special sale or close-out (in which case they do not many times have everything list in their catalog in stock) their prices are not the best out there and many times they are at suggested retail prices.
post #20 of 22
Have used Tognars and Artech in the past. Will buy some stuff from Slidewright after having a good experience with the liquid wax demo kit, and I like that they participate in the forums here.
post #21 of 22
I took a flying leap into ski tuning this month, after wading through the threads I decided to go with Slidewright. Not only is Terry a supporter of epicski, he posts regularly and has donated a bunch of time and merchandise to the site.

My stuff came in last week and Slidewright has answered all my questions and posed a few more. I appreciate the fact that Terry isn't always trying to sell me something, but is free with advice and even some home utility tools that will do the job that ski speciality tools do.

We are lucky here at epic to have some good folks on board as sponsors and I we can trust them all to deal with us with integrity.
post #22 of 22
I agree that SlideWright is a great place to buy from, I have had great experiences with Terry also. It is also great that SlideWright is in my state as well and shipping to me is very fast.

I also want to give a big thumbs up to Reliable Racing who also has given very great service and quick shipping.

Two places that I have had nothing but positive results from!
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