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Poll: Who rents?

post #1 of 7
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I know I'm in the extreme minority here, and I fear it may turn out to be a minority of one : , but does anyone else here rent their ski stuff?

Or maybe a better way to state this would be - "who doesn't own skis and boots?" a.k.a "who's a beginner with <10 days on snow" which is what I am [img]smile.gif[/img]
If all goes well, I will be getting y gear at the end of season sales.
post #2 of 7
I own my stuff. My advice is to go to a local ski shop and demo gear - don't rent. The difference in semantics is small, but the demo center always has the best and newst gear. The rental counter has mass-appeal type stuff that tends to be low end.

The first day of the year last year I snapped my skis in half, shattering the toe peice. It was the first day of a 4 day trip. I headed down off the mountain to a ski shop. Demoed a couple of pairs of skis over the next 4 days and had a blast. If I had to rent the junk at the rental counter I would not have had as much fun.

However, you should buy your own boots, just demo everything else. Boots may cost a bit, but if you ski < 10 days per year, they will last many many years and fit. This makes skiing any gear much better.
post #3 of 7
Most shops offer season rentals or "leases" and some even allow you to swap gear out duening the season.

That might be one avenue to explore.

When my kids were still growing, they were both in boot clubs that allowed me to swap boots as they outgrew them. You had to buy the first pair new. All swaps were free.
post #4 of 7
I bet you'll be surprised by some of the responses you get. I used to demo (not rent) my skis all the time. It can be a great way to go. I finally bought skis this year because the price was right.

I have a friend who spends his winters in Sun Valley - he hasn't owned a pair of skis in years. He's a fantastic skier and he only demos.

If all you can do is purchase part of your equipment I would recommend you invest in a good pair of boots and forget the skis for now. A good fitting pair of boots (that are the right stiffness) are far more important than owning a pair of skis. IMHO.

P.S. Get custom footbeds - you won't be

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post #5 of 7
demoing is actually the way to go for some people. good skis cost upwards of $500-$600. if you can demo at $30 per demo, you have to ski 20 times before the demo has become not worth it financially.

there are pro's and con's both ways. however, if you don't ski many times a year and want to have just the right ski for the type of skiing, weather, conditions, or mountain you are on... and/or want to have the latest and greatest every year, demo would be the way to go; especially if you plan on buying new skis every 1-3 years (depending upon number of ski days).

on the cons side, unless you hit a demo day, lots of mountains only have rentals and no demos... it can get more expensive if you ski a lot. it's a hassel vs. just buying your ticket and going. plus if you feel (like me) that you only need one ski and it will last years with no plans of upgrading, buying a ski is fine.

for the true beginner... last year's beginner/intermediate skis can cost as low as around $200 for decent stuff. which means if you go 10 times a year, it's more expensive to rent/demo.

i agree with previous posters... demo gear at most mountains are poor quality. demo gear is always this year's, highly maintained and top notch. demo beats rental hands down (unless you factor in money as most places have package deals.

all things considered, i think it's cheapest in the long run to own skis... unless the pro's of demoing suite your needs... which usually is an expert skiier needing the best skis for all occasions, but can't fill a quivver with 5-6 different boards.
post #6 of 7
When I started , like you I rented, but the best advice I ever had was to buy my own boots. It's a cost sure, but you will start with proper fitting footwear and only have the skis to worry about.

I agree that demo equipment is the way to go as you improve, because you have accesss to better equipment that is well maintained, and it also gives you a better idea of what you want when you do decide to buy.

I like the idea if being able to do a season
deal with a ski shop, something I've not struck at any of our local resorts. make sure it is on snow if you can, so you can return for changes or adjustments.

If that's not possible, then start a relationship with your local ski shop. If they're like most of the good ones, you will get lot's of good free advice and good service which you will repay with loyal custom over the years. I know I kearned a lot in my early stages by hanging around our local ski shop.
post #7 of 7
I rent sometimes still from my shop just to be able to give a rental customer an honest opinion about how the ski feels on slope.

Other than that, I usually demo because the rental skis just won't cut it for high speed applications. Also, demo skis are usually better maintained. Rentals usually come back banged up and remain banged up (unless it requires an edge repair or base weld) but demos are kept in pretty good condition (most places usually sell them at the end of the season anyways).

When I first started back when i was like...4 or 5, my family rented. we only did 5-6 days a season, so it was much more economical. Besides, i didn't need high end equipment...neither did my parents. Nowadays, I want to try out the skis i intend on getting to see if they're worth getting...something you can't do with rentals.

Just make sure, defcon, that you get well fitting boots. A good fitting boot can mean the difference between sloppy and good technique. Also determines how long you stay on the slopes too.

I see you're from the bay area. For good ski sales, try REI in Saratoga or Any Mtn. If you want to know more about particular skis, head towards ski specialty shops such as Helm of Sun Valley. I've had lotsa luck with them. Tri-City in fremont has KILLER deals at the end of season. For starters, 3 seasons ago, they had the salomon performa prolink 9.0 XScream for $250 =) I couldn't find place that had them for under 400 come easter. Boot fitting, Helm of Sun Valley does a pretty good job.

Hope this helps =)

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