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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hello,
I am newbie at skiing. I got introduced to skiing last year and have gotten completely hooked!

I am looking forward to this season however, BUDGET!!! is my concern so as I start I am considering buying used skis and boots.

I stay in Boston and I have been asking, searching etc. ..

I have got suggestions for looking at

Ski Expo
Craigslist

Ski shops selling used gear

Concerns:
I saw from forum that buying at Ski Expo is a big no no..especially for inexperienced people such as myself - Specifically the Boots!

So I am not sure if Craigslist would be any different ?


Ski Shops- I don't know of any ? Can you suggest ??

How should I approach this ?

All I am looking for is a beginner level skis and boots so I don't have to pay hefty rental fees.
post #2 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by ndp125 View Post
Hello,
I am newbie at skiing. I got introduced to skiing last year and have gotten completely hooked!

I am looking forward to this season however, BUDGET!!! is my concern so as I start I am considering buying used skis and boots.

I stay in Boston and I have been asking, searching etc. ..

I have got suggestions for looking at

Ski Expo
Craigslist

Ski shops selling used gear

Concerns:
I saw from forum that buying at Ski Expo is a big no no..especially for inexperienced people such as myself - Specifically the Boots!

So I am not sure if Craigslist would be any different ?


Ski Shops- I don't know of any ? Can you suggest ??

How should I approach this ?

All I am looking for is a beginner level skis and boots so I don't have to pay hefty rental fees.
I don't know the shops directly in boston but I do know that the "skis shop plus" in Ri (just over the boarder) has some great deals on leftover equipment and some used stuff. I suggest not skimping too much on the boots and make sure you get a good pair that fit well, this will minimize the learning curver and you frustration level.

www.theskishopplus.com ask for billy
post #3 of 19
Check some of your local shops and look for last year models. Beginner models are usually priced quite low otherwise its the internet route. How much you looking to spend???

Check out like levelninesports.com or evogear.com

They got alot of one to two year old skis that are brand new on levelninesports. You can get some nice Head skis with a binding for around $200ish shipped that will do a great job. Alot of models on there geared for beginers that are design to carve easily and build confidence in your skiing ability. Evogear has alot of good shape used gear and they do sell new gear also.

What are your stats (height, weight)?

Boots I'd buy locally for quite a few reasons. You can save big money by buying last years models. Boots are something that can last you through a few set of skis. So don't look at your boots as......"my first set I'm going to junk them a year or two anyways". Unless you plan on doing some crazy amount of skiing in the next few years that you'd wear them out. Otherwise buying a decent boot now may save you some cash down the road.


P.S.: Stores that sell used gear that I've seen are overpriced for the quality of product you get. Usually its a low end ski that has seen its better days.
post #4 of 19
Will be hard to find decent used skis this time of year at the shops in Boston, although Wilderness House has some decent deals on new models from a year or two ago. They or Ski Market or some of the suburban shops might still have some last year demos, hard to say. But note they will try to sell you new packages which IMO tend to skimp on boots. Obviously, best deals on used are demos for sale or consignment skis at slopeside places, but the prices will stay up until mid-winter. Right now you might do better online, lots of last year's demos for sale right now or personal skis from folks who want to buy a new pair.

Boots are another story. You DO NOT want to buy used boots, unless it's a friend who has the same feet you do, you know the boot's history, and you're willing to buy a custom liner. Which will be nontrivial $.

Recommendation: 1) Buy decent boots from a reputable bootfitter. Wilderness H. is OK in Boston, a few in the near burbs, never been impressed with Ski Market. But best are up in NH and Vermont. You should be able to find something in $300-$400 range, especially last year's models. They will fit you and help with the inevitable tweaks, all part of the initial cost. Do a search here for shops that are recommended or ask on the boot forum. It will be worth the investment. 2) Buy a well-used pair of skis and poles online. Try Fleabay. You should be able to score sound skis and poles with major cosmetic wear but no structural damage for $70 max if personal, $125 if demos. Look at them as your learning tools for a couple of seasons, cheaper than renting if you go more than a few times. Also, old poles are like coathangers; look in dumpsters behind resort stores or find them at Fleabay for the cost of McDonald's. Avoid Craig's List like the Avian Flu. Good Luck!
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks you all for the feedback. It seems I have learnt two lessons.

1) Skis - can be bought used from maybe Fleabay
2) Boots - Not worth it.

Summary (Please correct or add)
My Specs:
Ht:5' 10" and weight 180 pounds

Poles can be really cheap...

Some other stores recommended

Boots:
Wilderness H.

Overall:
Ski Market (Does not have used - I checked)
theskishopplus ask for billy

Online:
levelninesports.com or evogear.com
www.theskishopplus.com

Typical range $70-$200 for Skis - used
Boots newer ones $300-$400
post #6 of 19
Check your local shops right now for last year model boots. You should beable to get a solid pair of boots for that $150 to $225 range being last years model. Also see if any of the local shops have any coupons out there. Many will run 10% off or 20% off products.
post #7 of 19
One thing...used beginner/intermediate skis you should be able to get for under $150...I just picked up a new pair of Blizards (last year's ) for my wife for $209 with bindings mounted....
post #8 of 19
dude get into tramdock.com if you want gear, can't beat em, even backcountry.com or backcountryoutlet.com (same outfit).

Also check out the classifieds right here in epicski. Hell, half the folks on here will sell you used gear I bet! Get a good tune on them and you're good to go.

But go to a bootfitter if you want boots - that fit I mean
post #9 of 19
I second (third?) the advice on being willing to spend money on new boots. Good-fitting boots make a WORLD of difference. Used boots are very unlikely to fit you well unless you have them carefully adjusted and possibly replace the liners. At that point you may as well just be buying new boots that fit you properly.

I got a really nice boot setup at Strand's Ski Shop in Worcester, MA (about a 60-70 minute drive from Boston, depending on exactly where you are). They seemed to have a very good selection -- I wear a size 17 and they had several different shells in my size -- and they can do custom adjustments and insoles/liners. I spent a lot of money on my boots, but I'm hard to fit and wanted to get something nice that will last me a few years. They also sell skis/boards, and do demos, but I don't think they have any used gear.

Skis are a lot easier to buy used. Unless they're several years old, or really beaten up, they're likely to still work well for 50+ days.

You can try eBay/Craigslist locally. Some of the stores up in NH/VT that do demos might also be selling old stock, but most likely they cleaned most of it out in the spring/summer.

Depending on how much you think you'll be going, you might want to try renting/demoing this year, then looking for used demos in the spring. That's generally the time to buy if you want a good deal. If you're just renting skis it's usually not too expensive.
post #10 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Matthias99 View Post
... -- I wear a size 17 and they had several different shells in my size --


I wear a 9, or a 24.5. Are your feet huge, tiny, or are you springing a whole new number scale on me here?

post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post


I wear a 9, or a 24.5. Are your feet huge, tiny, or are you springing a whole new number scale on me here?

Er, I wear a US mens size 17 in most street shoes. So that would normally be on the "huge" side of things.

My ski boots are, uh, 32.5? I think?
post #12 of 19


Gotcha.

post #13 of 19
www.galacticsnowsports.com

They have really good deals on demo's, and Rental Skis
post #14 of 19
Strand's sells used equipment also.
post #15 of 19
Here's a few suggestions....

Don't buy used (the stuff will be all beat up).

Buy new from a previous season. You can get good stuff at a huge savings.

Example- today I saw my exact model boots from 2 seasons ago. I still use and love these boots. They cost me about $900 bucks. Now they are selling for $90!

Problem is: if you are new, how do you know what to buy?

You've got to explain to a sales guy the facts of life: you are new, you don't need this year's model, and if they don't want to (or can't) sell you a previous year's model you will go somewhere else. Don't pay list for this year's model. You will not get as much value. Technology doesn't change enough year-to-year for you to tell the difference.

I would call around and look for a sympathetic sales person. Keep looking until you talk to someone and they tell you that have some one or two year old new gear for you to look at.

Try Summit Ski and Sports in Framingham. Good people.
http://www.summitskishop.com/

Next- get your boots fit by an expert! This is the single most important piece of gear you will buy. And buying the best means squat if it doesn't fit right. Buy a good boot and pay to have it perfectly fit. The best guy I know is in Stowe VT but I hear the folks at Summit are good too.

Buy the boot from them and ask them to fit it! If it takes less than an hour to buy and fit a pair of boots, it's probably because you haven't had them properly fit.

Absolutely don't walk into a ski warehouse or ski show, and simply try on a pair of boots by yourself and buy them. You will be sorry. If you are brand new to sking you don't have the skills to tell a good fit from a bad one. Get the help you need.
post #16 of 19
Listen to the advice regarding boots. You will not regret it. Getting the best possible boot fit is the key to your enjoyment of the sport.

If your budget is limited, put off the ski purchase for now. It's easy enough to rent or demo skis.

But boots are another story.

The services that a good boot fitter provides are as important to a beginner as they are to an expert. The $$$ you spend will be the best investment you can make in ski equipment.

Expect to visit your boot fitter several times to make tweaks and adjustments; so you will want to find someone who is convenient to where you live or ski.

Paul Richelson, based in Plymouth, NH, is one of the best. He usually has a booth at the Boston Ski Expo, where he can take the measurements of your feet, fit you for custom foot beds, and pull up a list of boots from his database that would be best for your foot, as well as your ski style and level. I can vouch first hand for his expertise.

I have also had work done on my boots by Phil, at the Ski Stop in Westwood. Like Paul Richelson, he carries the "America's Best Bootfitters" certification(I believe the only one in Mass). He really knows his stuff. I recommend him highly.

Keep in mind that many, if not most skiers are skiing in boots that are actually too big. Working wit a bootfitter, don't be surprised when he/she starts with a boot that you think is too snug. They will grind and stretch out various areas of the shell until it fits your foot perfectly. They will also likely fit you with custom foot beds, which will have an enormous effect on your comfort and performance. By the time they are finished with all the tweaks and adjustments, you will have a boot that is perfect for your foot and leg; and that will put you in the optimal stance to help you ski your best.
post #17 of 19
Im not sure how far your willing to drive for a bargain, but Putnams Ski Shop in Portsmouth, NH is having their yearly ski and swap tent sale Nov 1st. They have ass tons of new and used stuff. People bring their stuff for consignment and you can always talk to the shop guys about the skis, boots etc. Ask for the owner Brian for a boot fitting and ask for Anthony if you have any questions about anything... a n y t h i n g!

www.putnamsports.com

There is no info on the tent sale on the website for some reason.

The shop is on Rt. 1 and it is 50 minutes from Logan...

Good luck.
post #18 of 19
I third Strands. Old school shop and very good.
post #19 of 19

Most ski shops have a season rental plan.

 

Just get friendly with  with the sales man and stuff on consignment on the back of the wax room.

 

50/ 50 split.

 

 

Often consignment type skis have a open ticket like a used car.

 

Often you can ski them for free or rent them for the season.

 

 

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