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Best place online to buy race gear, wax and tuning equipment?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I've purchased from many online: Alpine Racing Technology, Alpine Base & Edge, Racewerks, SlideWright, Tognar Toolworks, Race Place and FK/SKS. I've had good experiences with them all. I especially like Alpine Racing Technology out of Enfield, NH. I'd like to hear about your experiences--good and bad-- with any of the aforementioned. Did I miss any? Does any one have any local favorites?   
Edited by Vinstant - 12/6/09 at 5:16pm
post #2 of 11
Nothing beats Artech for me, shipping is basically overnight, they do free shipping and 15% off alot, and they have a wide selection.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Racewax is a favorite, too. I'm surprised I forgot to mention them... 
post #4 of 11
Racewax and Slidewright!! and both are Epicski supporters
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I've been at this as a consumer for a long time. In recent years, I have had great experience and customer service from Artech, RaceWerks, and The Race Place. I have also bought some from RRS {where twenty years ago I bought a ton}, and SRD, always with good results. For a number of years, I bought a lot of stuff directly from Holmenkoll race....distribution is different now. Have found some good, obscure, things at Tognar, and found them helpful. I am going to now look at Racewax and Slidewright as well, whenever I'm looking for something as I like the fact that they are sponsors of ES. I'm also fortunate to have a local tuning shop that can get me most anything, at very fair prices. I think that most everybody in this business are good people, and try hard. There can be a wide swing in some listed prices, and if you have a place where you have a developed a relationship, they will almost always price match.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
 Clean Carve in Canada has an array of high quality tuning tools. I just purchased from them. My dollar went further in Canada. 
post #7 of 11
Slidewright and you will slide right!
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

 I'm eagerly awaiting an order from SLIDEWRIGHT and for the FREE sample of MAPLUS Cold for me to try that which they included in my order. I wore my ARTECH t shirt to the gym today. It looked great when the crowd at PLANET FITNESS began to gather to watch me do very high plyometric box jumps and "Swami" one legged balanced squats on a squishy pads. Good thing I had my RACEWAX cap on to staunch the perspiration. But enough talk, I'm going to get in my SUBARU Outback with the ARTECH, DOMINATOR, HOLMENKOL & SKI THE EAST stickers prominently displayed on it and head to SUGARBUSH in VT for Friday through Monday skiing. I think I'll ski on my HEAD, VOLKL & ELAN skis to start the season off. However, I do not think I will ski my VOLKL Racetiger RCs that I purchased on EBAY from PINNACLE SKI & SPORTS of STOWE, VT. These are the same skis that Mike de Santis, formerly of VOLKL and now at his own tuning shop, SKI MD, (right next to SUMMIT SKI & SNOWBOARD in Framingham, MA) so expertly tuned. I am eager to see how the NORDICA Dobie 150s will perform. I bought them new for $199 at RJ BRADLEY'S SKI SHOP in Westford, MA. I also bought some FISCHER Wateas there for $225 flat. I ended up buying the TYROLIA bindings for them at LEVELNINE SPORTS in Utah. If I'm able to remove the Dobies after they get cold, I'll surely try out my HEAD RD 96s from LEVELNINE SPORTS as well ($169 new). If they need grinding or punching, I will switch to my FULLTILT Bumblebee Pros that I bought from PORTERS in Lake Tahoe. They are always comfortable, have a narrow last and they hold my narrow feet securely.


Edited by Vinstant - 12/10/09 at 12:10pm
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+ 1 for the range of ski tuning tools at Clean Carve.  I got fast delivery, a good price and a great kit.  The diamond guide is ureal.  Why didnt someone think of that sooner.  The free tuning gide is also quite detailed and worth it (being that its free and all)  I have used this + some YouTube vids to get some new ideas.
post #10 of 11
I got in on the Racewax.com Black Friday 20% off sale and was amazed that my order showed up a couple of days later. Great service!
post #11 of 11
I live in the Bend area, and have had great service with the Race Place.  I tune skis, and I use BEAST equipment only.  I do a fine job with their tools.  Of course one must know how to use them, plus a little more.

They have all the racing gear as well. 

I support my locals, and the family that runs that place are good people.  My Iron went out once, almost a year old Toko.  When they could not get another one QUICK, they loaned me a SKS iron to get by.  When they got my Toko replacement, they said "It's cool Jacques, keep the loaner too!"   That's what I call good people.  Now I have a back up iron on the house!
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