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post #1 of 21
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Hello, I have been skiing about 6ish days in all. I really have loved skiing so far and it has been a blast. I bought skis, boots, and a season pass and am getting ready for the season. Last year I just wore my normal cheapish jacket + old tattered snow pants because I wasn't doing much hard stuff anyways. This year as I get better and expierience skiing when its colder (went first time last year during New Englands warmish January, then in April).

I have a budget of around 200$, any recommendatiosn on a mens jacket + ski pants, or just one? My jacket is ok just don't know if i need a special one.

Thanks
post #2 of 21
Columbia if you're on a budget. Best bang for the buck out there.
post #3 of 21
Here you go sport, I'm sure you can find good deals here.
post #4 of 21
Here's a jacket, and some pants. There you should have some money left for thermals or socks.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
Here you go sport, I'm sure you can find good deals here.
That's a good one. Backcountryoutlet.com is also excellent.

Check the gearswap both here and at TGR too.

Hint - No Spyder or Phenix stuff. You'll thank me later.
post #6 of 21
I don't profess to be expert on any aspect of skiing, including clothing, but I'll second Volantaddict on Sierra Trading Post. I've bought a bunch of stuff there for me, the wife and the kids. I'm of a frugal bent and I definitely feel like I get good bang for my buck there.
post #7 of 21
Hint - No Spyder or Phenix stuff. You'll thank me later.[/quote]

i know these companies are more expensive, but other than that, why?
post #8 of 21
I know that this is gonna sound weird:,but, you can frquently buy good stuff cheaper if it made for women. I know it sounds weirdbut it has been true for me. I have been wearing Columbia womens ski pants for four years. They were last years close outs and 1/2 the price of the same pant for men. I do have to button up backwards but whos gonna know?:. I also got a great deal on a jacket in Canada, yup, a womens, so what if the zipper is all backwards, it was way cheaper.:Now I know next time I see you guys your'e gonna wonder, if my unmentionables are pink, but SO WHAT if they were cheaper. Ha!

I will also say that STP is great and offers great deals. I just scored a new pair of ski pants, mens, thank you, for $79. Retail price claimed to be over $200. Rei outlet also frequently has good deals on thermals and silks. not pink tho, damn:. Good luck and don't pass up second hand stores at the ski areas, you never know what kinda deals are there.
post #9 of 21
John,
The forum already has made good suggestions on where to get good clothing. I just want to welcome you to this addiction to what we call skiing.

Dennis
post #10 of 21
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John,
The forum already has made good suggestions on where to get good clothing. I just want to welcome you to this addiction to what we call skiing.

Dennis
Dennis, and thank you for being an Epicski supporting member.

Mark
post #11 of 21
What? No googles, gloves, or ski socks?

We've recently had a good thread on ski socks. Read through it, even if you have socks, as you'll learn a lot of other good stuff, too. See... http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=59456

While you're probably not interested in mittens, read through this thread anyway. More good ideas in it should you decide to buy new gloves... http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=59283

For goggles (not googles...), I suggest you try them on at a ski shop before buying. Test them to see how big the "field of view" is for the various models. IE, for each goggle you try on, see how far you can look left, right, up, and down. Consider getting a goggle that is compatible with ski helmets, should you decide to get a helmet later in time. (Some goggles, when worn with a helmet, don't seal completely around the face. That's becauses the helmet holds the left and right edges of the goggle away from your face.)

Oh, and helmets... get one with a removeable liner so you can take it out and wash it. My helmet stinks, and it's a pain to wash because my liner isn't removeable.
post #12 of 21
Check out some ski swaps. Lots of them going on this time of year. If you live in New England look up some of your local ski shops and see if any are hosting ski swaps. They usually are, and the swaps often include some inexpensive used or two yr old new ski clothing. Mens ski pants are a frequent offering.
post #13 of 21
SAC!!!!!!! Come on folks!!!!

Sierra is also a great resource, also Campmor.com
post #14 of 21
So why don't you put an ad here, including size, weight, height, desired features etc. and see what comes up.

I'm a jacket whore. There has to be 10 new ones within the past 2 years. Would I be interested in getting rid of something - probably not, but....one never knows, do one?

How many days are you going to get in - you can always go to somewhere like Sports Authority and they have the $29.99 bib coveralls that work reasonably well if you're not using them too much.
post #15 of 21
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So why don't you put an ad here, including size, weight, height, desired features etc. and see what comes up.
Good point. I just sold about a half dozen jackets in the last month - one of them could have been yours!
post #16 of 21
Oh, and just to add to the confusion, you should think about if you want an insulated jacket that's always warm, a three-in-one (shell with removable fleece, so you can customizxe to the temp and moisture) or whatever. A three in one might be best is you're a newbie.

If you're going to wear a helmet, make sure that the hoods big enough to fit over on those especially gnarly days.
post #17 of 21
Shell - fleece - underlayers is the ONLY way to go. Add puffy coat if the mood strikes you. I made the mistake of taking a lined softshell (Columbia Wildcard softshell - great coat but W-A-R-M!!) with me to MT last year and actually wore it one day. Wish I hadn't. I sweated my ass off that day.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
SAC!!!!!!! Come on folks!!!!

Noooooooooooooooooooooo
I pm'd someone last year with "whats SAC"
$3000 later.................
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Deemo View Post
Noooooooooooooooooooooo
I pm'd someone last year with "whats SAC"
$3000 later.................
I'm in for about the same amount, but my goggle bin, jacket closet, helmet stash, fleece quiver, backpack assortment, glove bin, etc. have never been so freaking healthy.

Yeah, "thanks" SAC :.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
SAC!!!!!!! Come on folks!!!!

Sierra is also a great resource, also Campmor.com
Not to mention EMS.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
Not to mention EMS.
Stop it.....just stop it!!!!:
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