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post #1 of 11
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I think this topic has been done before, but maybe folks have some new leads or favorites.
Where have you found unexpected or highly preferred sources of bargain ski gear?

This one is going to sound like an ad for TJ Maxx and expose my gaper traits, but I bottom feed at my local TJ Maxx store once in a while and recently found Leedom Heckler helmets for $39, Helly Hanson and other brand gloves $20&under, many varieties of wool/poly knit winter hats for as low as $5, a variety of name goggles from $10-25, specialty ski/winter socks $3, they also sell some underarmour and other brands of base layer stuff.
With four kids to outfit I'm also pretty active during the fall Ski Swap season and have found that the ski shops that host these in my area (usually for the benefit of a local ski patrol) often seed the old offerings from the public with lightly used or never used : previous year skis, boots, gloves, pants, etc from their shop stock.
post #2 of 11
There was something like this posted on SkiDiva a few days ago. I guess TJ Maxx had a huge shipment of high end ski apparel.
Maybe its time for me to make a trip to TJ Maxx
post #3 of 11
Here in the Washington DC Metro it's been Marshalls that has the deals, so check them both. I found a Stryke (Spyder) Jacket for $99.00, Northface ski pants for $39, Spyder hats etc... I can't even begin to tell you the racks and racks of ski wear. By the time my two-hour bargain hunt ended I was sweating and having hallucinations....all of a sudden the isles turned to trails, the powder was up to my thighs. Warning...only the brave can handle that shopping experience! Ok I need to go back to work now.

post #4 of 11
Good call, until this year I never even knew what TJ Max was and then a friend told me you could get great name brand things for so much cheaper, I actually buy a lot of Tshirts and things there now since a $50 polo tshirt is only $10 bucks there cant beat it.

I will have to go check them for jackets this year.
post #5 of 11
I'm pretty lucky in that I'm on the smaller side of the spectrum, so I can always find deals in ski wear/gear in my size at cheap prices. Smaller size skis, boots, clothing that dont fit most people always get blown out for basement bargain prices at the end of the season. Yes! There is an advantage to being small
post #6 of 11
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I should add that TJ Maxx (and probably Marshalls, I haven't looked there) is very hit or miss.
post #7 of 11
The lost and found at my local mtn usually has some good deals

Seriously though...I've borrowed gloves there on one or two occasions when I forgot mine. I try to grab a pair that looks like it's been sitting there for a while so nobody's looking for them if they lost em that day. And I put them back when I'm done.

Got no inside tips for good gear though. Used to get a lot of stuff at STP, before they went all glossy. Still occasionally find a good deal there.

I've gotten good wicking type shirts at Target, of all places...half the price of the trendy brand stuff.
post #8 of 11
Ditto JJ, I've bought gloves, wool hats, Hot Chile thermals and goggles at TJ Maxx, and Marshalls for the past couple of years. I've not seen the helmets, but coats (Columbia, N-Face), some ski pants and thermal undies they have aplenty.
post #9 of 11
I've found Giro 9 helmets and other helmets at Marshall's before too. Definitely hit and miss, but when they have stuff it's cheap.
post #10 of 11
I bought my Leedom Helmet at Marshall's for 39 bucks. I occasionally see name brand gloves, hats etc at TJ Maxx never have seen good ski pants or jackets. I check for them when i go to buy socks and underwear.
post #11 of 11
Just thought I would update this since I was at TJ Maxx tonight. They had gloves by Gordini, Spyder and some others. I picked up a pair of Drop Gore-tex gloves for 16.99. They had a few helmets by Giro and Leedom. There was a shelf full of Goggles including Smith and Bolle for good prices.
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