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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
What sites have you guys had good/bad experiences with? Where do you reccomend? I am looking at volkl skis at the moment.
post #2 of 19
Go with a Bear and a good dude to boot.

http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/ or

dawgcatching
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post #4 of 19
I have had no problems and only positive experiences with Sierra Snowboard and have ordered a couple of pairs of skis from them. Jim has been very helpful.

Proctor Jones is up the street from me and although I have never mail ordered anything from them, their service has always been outstanding. Last time I had skis tuned, I walked in to pick them up and one of the employees had them located and waiting for me before I was able to get to the tuning area. Jeff Warren runs their internet sales and he is a class act.

My first purchase from Ski-Depot had everything go wrong. Defective skis shipped. Replacements sent to wrong address. But I must say that Ron and company did everything to make me a satisfied and repeat customer. Very professional organization.
post #5 of 19
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I have had no problems and only positive experiences with Sierra Snowboard and have ordered a couple of pairs of skis from them. Jim has been very helpful.
DITTO on Sierra. Price, shipping and service have been great, and I find Jim's equipment reviews helpful.

Slidewright (alpinord on Epic) has also been good for tuning supplies, in all the same ways.

e-Bay, well.... "you pays your money and you takes your chances." Great buys to be had, with luck and timing, but I've had about as many hassles or disappointments as successes.

Have purchased a few miscellaneous items from SportsOutletUSA.com. Many things are ex-rentals, so here again it's a crapshoot. But shipping was good and prompt.

Finally, as long as quickk9 posted the above, let me also give him props, even though he's not an online "dealer" (to my knowledge). Quickk9 was on the selling end of my first transaction via EpicSki, just last week, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by mkevenson View Post
Go with a Bear and a good dude to boot.

http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/ or

dawgcatching
I am sorry, but I don't carry Volkl. The shops in the thread below are Epicski Sponsors, and as such, are contributors to the site, both with content and financial donations.

http://forums.epicski.com/forumdisplay.php?f=76
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by DKN View Post
Finally, as long as quickk9 posted the above, let me also give him props, even though he's not an online "dealer" (to my knowledge). Quickk9 was on the selling end of my first transaction via EpicSki, just last week, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.
Nope, I'm not an online dealer. I do tune skis and hot-box them though! I do buy a lot of skis at discount prices at the end of the season from the same sites that others buy them from. I sort through them and I try to pass the deals on to Epic members from skis that I bought. I also like to be sure that the skis are waxed and brushed out before they get shipped. I realize that many Epic members do not tune their skis, so I make sure that they are ready to go before I ship them! Thanks for the positive feedback!
post #8 of 19
My skis came from Sierra Snowboard and I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.

I can also recommend levelninesports.com. I bought a set of poles from them and just (5 minutes ago ) ordered a pair of boots. They mainly seem to sell Head and Icelantic skis. Their prices on new (current season) stuff are very good and they have awesome closeout prices on new gear that's left over from previous seasons. I wouldn't hesitate to buy skis from them.
post #9 of 19
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I'll second Al's ski barn. I bought a pair of Line Prophet 90's from them this year. I called them with a few questions, and they were really helpful. They also mount the bindings for free when you buy skis and bindings. That's something most online ski shops don't do. SierraJim also has some really well written ski reviews on his site as well, so props to him too.
post #10 of 19
I've also had good experiences with both evo http://www.evogear.com/default.aspx and skiers outlet http://skiersoutlet.com
post #11 of 19
I have but from SJ during his blow-out summer sale...picked up some Chronic Blends for $199 which I still can't believe. I use evogear.com, ski-depot.com, and Al's ski barn. I can honestly say I have not had a bad experience with any of these guys. I have returned gear and they have taken it back--not questions asked. I am going to stick with 3 or 4 vendors that I trust and continue to patronize them with my business. I have also done 1 Ebay transaction where I was the seller and it went very smoothly.
post #12 of 19
I use this shop pretty much exclusively. They offer great service. They have a much bigger inventory than what is on line if you call them directly.

http://www.phdskis.com/
post #13 of 19
http://www.getboards.com

I stumbled on this site looking for reviews on a pair of High Society Freerides. They have a great selection of more independent and boutique brands. I've ordered once from them and my buddy has ordered twice. All three times they had fast deliveries. Great prices usually too. One thing that is screwy is that they have their skis listed under "twin tips". Granted, many of them are but not all.
post #14 of 19
I bought from Telemark-Pyrenees back when the exchange rates were more favorable. Went well. Actually, no, went better than well. Guy who runs the place went out of his way to get me the right boots and skis, and got them to me when and where I needed them (jackson, on vacation). But exchange rates may not make that a great option now.

Also good experiences with backcountry.net, backcountry.com, bentgate, mgear.
post #15 of 19
I'll second (third, fourth, fifth?) the following:

SierraJim (www.sierrasnowboard.com)
I had the chance to meet Jim in person last year and he's more interested in making people happy with their purchases than with making a profit. Of course, that business model works...just look at Southwest Airlines. And don't worry, he has way more skis than snowboards....

Ski-Depot (www.ski-depot.com)
I ordered the wrong size skis from them (my mistake)(at a huge discount btw) and when I called them, they were very understanding and wanted me to be happy. Same business model as Jim's.
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help guys.
post #17 of 19
I bought FF17+ bindings from Ski depot. No problems.
post #18 of 19

There is also a site that posts deals on skis and gear called www.SkiHeart.com

post #19 of 19

+1 on ski-depot.com as well.  Hopefully their new website will load faster.

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