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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Not sure if I am in the correct forum, but here goes (if you need to move this thread admin then Ok)

I would be quite happy to buy from my local shops, but we live in Perth Australia which has virtually no choice in ski gear (only 3 or 4 small shops to pick from).

I have bought a load of Icebreaker thermals (tops, bottoms, etc.) & Smartwool socks over the internet, and got some good deals (varied from USA, UK & NZ), which were all much better than buying here (most of the gear I couldn’t get here in Perth).

We will be looking for some new Jackets & Pants and have seen some great deals on the internet (exchange rate at present makes gear from USA a good deal even with the postage). We are going to Canada next January, and will be in Vancouver for 4 days prior to going to Sunpeaks, but unsure how good the New Year sales will be (we’re there 2nd Jan. to 6th Jan.).

Would it make more sense to wait until we get to Vancouver, as then we can try on the gear (my wife is also very fashion conscious), but I have seen some great deals over the internet. Could hope to get a good deal in the shop at Vancouver as 4 of us will be buying new Jackets, Pants, Gloves, Goggles, Helmets, etc.

So are the sales in Vancouver after New Year (with 2 adults, 2 kids buying full set of gear) worth a good discount, compared to the ½ price deals over the internet?

post #2 of 13

go internet

I was in Vancouver in August to drop my son off at college ,just found out last night that he has free bus huttle to Whistler. I went to some of he shops around town. The prices were quite high as they obvously also were up at Whisler. Why spend your vacation time with the hstle of shoping?
post #3 of 13
I've never found a bargain in Van, and I go there a lot and snoop around. I have found two end-of-year deals (HH pants and Dynastar 8800's) over the past three seasons, but that was sniffing things out pretty hard.

If you luck out, they may have something at the Arcteryx Outlet shop that fits you, but then you have to get the "help" to acquiese to assist you, which would mean putting down their book, or interrupting their daydream. Good luck.

Get the deals off the net and take them there - you'll waste your holiday trying to find a deal in Van. Not like the old days when $1US was $0.64 CDN.
post #4 of 13
I agree with the other posters. You won't find deals until late February or March. Buy before you go and visit other places than stores while in Vancouver. My favorite is the native American museum at the University of British Columbia. It'll knock your socks off.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
Get the deals off the net and take them there - you'll waste your holiday trying to find a deal in Van. Not like the old days when $1US was $0.64 CDN.
He's not from the US. He's from Australia!

How much do you have to pay shipping for the stuff to be send to Australia?
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
He's not from the US. He's from Australia!

How much do you have to pay shipping for the stuff to be send to Australia?
I understood that fine thank you. The point was when $CDN was low in the US, it was low EVERYWHERE, including Australia, and the deals to be had, particularly on Canadian gear was excellent.

At those times, shipping cost wasn't much of an issue with the prices to be had.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
I understood that fine thank you. The point was when $CDN was low in the US, it was low EVERYWHERE, including Australia, and the deals to be had, particularly on Canadian gear was excellent.
Actually, I'm not sure that's the case.

The US dollar has lost a lot of its value against all other currencies, including against Canadian dollar. For visitor originating from outside the US, I'm not sure they see Canadian dollar being all that different than before.

But they do see the US as a cheap destination now, due to the favorable exchange rate. Hence, internet site base in US selling US made goods could be quite a bargain. (but do we make ANYTHING?)
post #8 of 13
you should see sales on in Van in jan.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies

We are going to wait until we get to Sunpeaks (most likely Jardine’s) before we buy boots (yes, could get them in Vancouver, but would prefer the option of on-slope tweaking any time it’s required, without being slogged with additional costs). Regarding skis we’ll most likely also wait until Sunpeaks as this will be our 1st time buying skis, and I assume it would be better to demo a range of them prior to buying (yes, it may cost more, but at the moment this holiday is costing a bomb anyway – 7 weeks in total).

We have bought all the thermals (icebreaker) I think we need (myself 2 top-layers, kids 3 top-layers, wife 4 top-layers, with 1 layer leggings, 1 neck shute & 1 pair glove liners for everyone), plus 2 pair Smartwool socks for everyone (Ultrathin for myself and wife, with slightly thicker for the kids).

I bought a shell jacket & pants of the internet 3 years ago and was lucky that they fitted great, but have had problems in the past where the kids sizes were so much bigger than I thought (a medium size for an American kid, and a medium for an Aussie kid seem way different).

We haven’t all tried helmets before to see which make/model suits, so this will definitely have to wait until Vancouver, and as the goggles will have to fit the helmet these will also be best waiting until Vancouver (will try fit of goggles with helmet on to see which match the best).

We could get the gloves before hand, but unsure as these are not a major money saving item (not after including postage to Oz), and still thinking of getting mitts instead of gloves as most people say these are better for keeping hands warmer - my wife and kids are Australian and have heard it can get really cold during Jan/Feb in BC/Alberta (going to Sunpeaks for 2 weeks, then 3 days Jasper, 5 days Banff, 3 days Panorama, 1 day Kicking Horse, then 3 days back in Banff to finish).

I have seen some great deals on the internet for jackets and pants, but the old sizing issue is putting doubts in the back of my head. The exchange rate with the US dollar is still tempting me, but if I can hopefully get some good after New Year deals in Vancouver it may be worth waiting (I would hope that 4 people buying jackets, pants, gloves, helmets & goggles may help to get an Ok discount).

Yes, I don’t want to spend all our time in Vancouver shopping, and this is why I have bought the thermals & socks over the internet, but am now leaning towards waiting until Vancouver to get the jacket and pants (that’s a definite maybe).

On a side note – is the Arc’teryx factory store in North Vancouver any good for discounts (excellent gear, but at a high retail price)???
post #10 of 13
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1) We are going to wait until we get to Sunpeaks (most likely Jardine’s) before we buy boots
Good move, you won't regret it. It'll cost more but absolutely th best way to go.

2) I assume it would be better to demo a range of them prior to buying.
Demo is the correct mantra.

3) We haven’t all tried helmets before to see which make/model suits....
Try some on and see what fits then look at the internet. I got my Giro G10's and Omens (me and the kids) for pennies on SAC. Sierra Trading Post also has some outrageous deals.

4) We could get the gloves before hand, but unsure ... and still thinking of getting mitts instead of gloves as most people say these are better for keeping hands warmer...have heard it can get really cold during Jan/Feb
I bought superb Grandoe gloves at Sierra Trading Post yesterday for $23.99 after all the discounts and coupns - regular price >$100 / pair.
Yes, it gets VERY cold at that time in AB.

5) I have seen some great deals on the internet for jackets and pants, but the old sizing issue is putting doubts in the back of my head. The exchange rate with the US dollar is still tempting me,

The brands must be the same - try them and find out. I find the Canadians have a very take-it-or-leave-it attitude pricewise. Maybe with 4 it may change, but I find Van in particular to be a crappy price city. Go up to Squamish (about 1 hour north on the way to Whistler) where there's the Whistler Outlet store. Their prices are better than most, but still nothing to write home about....

6) On a side note – is the Arc’teryx factory store in North Vancouver any good for discounts (excellent gear, but at a high retail price)???

Good discounts, strange sizes and colors, and many of the imperfections are so minor as to be ridiculous. Worst "assistance" you'll find anywhere from completely uninterested, snooty and clueless clerks.
post #11 of 13
Depending on shipping costs, internet deals can definitely be the way to go. The first price discounts in British Columbia happen in mid-February (for President's Day visitoris from USA). Even then, the drops can be fairly marginal. As for Canadians being a "take it or leave it" nation for pricing - I tend to agree, particularly because we are our own worst enemies (here's the snow... I want gear now!). snofun's advice is bang on (particularly with stuff like helmets and boots - if you can't try them on, a poor fitting product is of no value).
post #12 of 13
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3) We haven’t all tried helmets before to see which make/model suits....
Try some on and see what fits then look at the internet. I got my Giro G10's and Omens (me and the kids) for pennies on SAC. Sierra Trading Post also has some outrageous deals.
Yeah, but if you take advantage of a local retailer's staff's time and expertise to fit your helmet, at least do them the courtesy of asking if they will come close to matching an Internet price. Service should count for something.
post #13 of 13
I live in Vancouver and the only thing I buy from stores here is boots. Picked up skis, bindings, jacket and pants from online retailers in the US. Got everything for HALF of what it costs up here. I'm all for supporting local shops, but their prices are so out of whack it's rediculous. I even buy all my Arcteryx gear from the states. Even though it's a CDN company, they only seem to allow cheap deals in the US. Makes no sense to me......
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