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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi All,

 

Sorry for the rather lame post but I'm having trouble figuring out who the major discount sellers are for ski equipment.

 

Any advice on a discount place for helmets and typical accessories?

 

I'm a beginner and happy to rent gear for the time being, but I have a hard time renting helmets due to my melon of a head. I can sneak into a typical XL helmet which goes up to 62.5cm but they aren't comfortable, so I've decided to splurge on my own helmet as my first piece of kit (reading the threads on the forum, boots may be next but that's another topic).

 

My head diameter is around 63.5cm (25") which usually means I have limited selection. The good news is, I can usually find something on sale/close-out since few people wear my size. I want an affordable bucket with soft sides (I figure they're easier to fit than full hard shell over the ear)

 

I tried levelninesports.com but no luck - nothing in my size. Even most of the older XLs and XXLs only fit a 62.5cm head!

 

Looking at the new Giro line - the G9 is available in an XL for 62.5 to 65cm heads (perfect for me) but they're around $100 retail and I haven't found any on sale through google. I'm sure there are some other options out there in my size, but since I'm new to the sport, I haven't figured out who the discount dealers are so any help appreciated.

 

Cheers,

 

Rob

 

 

PS - For those curious about my 'need' for a helmet since it seems to be a hot topic here. I mountain bike most of the year (skiing seems like a nice winter complement, that's why I'm taking it up) and have had enough falls to know the value of a helmet. My last argument with a tree (with a typical cycling helmet on) still involved 10 stitches on the right ear but it saved me from a concussion. Next time I pick a fight with a tree I'll be wearing a full face helmet! I'm more confident with a helmet on so it's an easy choice.

post #2 of 9

You might want to try Greg at Mountain Yahoos http://www.mountainyahoos.com/TopTenSkiResortTowns.html

He has some good info on ski equipment http://www.mountainyahoos.com/SkiEquipment.html

Hope this helps!

post #3 of 9

go to your local shops and try a few on to see which ones you like.  Then check out steep and cheap, backcountry, etc. for deals on the ones you like.

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Lucked out and found a Giro G9 in my size on eBay for cheap. 

 

As for shops - ended up going to Boot Doctors in Taos and walking out with some used skis, cheap poles and (by my standards) nice boots. Made a huge difference in my control/speed/stamina. Turns out I was using boots two sizes to big! Going to a bootfitter was really helpful. 

post #5 of 9

That's extremely bad advice- I am sure local shop owners are going to love that kind of a customer...   Helmet is something that is personal, so you need to try it on.  Truth to be told, this time of the year the discounts are far and few, so you might as well buy from a local store and maybe ask them for a bit of discount.  If you do buy online, make sure that the site has a good return policy, as you will need to try them on for fit. 

 

Also, Id buy boots way before a helmet (or maybe the retailer will give you a package deal on both).  Makes a much bigger difference in your skiing.


 

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Originally Posted by simpjr View Post

go to your local shops and try a few on to see which ones you like.  Then check out steep and cheap, backcountry, etc. for deals on the ones you like.

post #6 of 9

With a large head, I think Giro is the only option.  (Its been a few years, but when I bought mine it was the only one that came large enough).  So trying one on is kinda moot -- if your head is big and the wrong shape, you are out of luck.

 

(I agree using retail stores as free sizing help for the internet is a jerkish move.)

post #7 of 9

Yeah I have a Giro something it is a very good brand plus it kept my head warm with out anything else in negatives degree weather :D/ 

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

The G9 fits great. 

 

As for local stores - I agree that if one is using their services (ie demo of equipment) then that's where you should be buying. That was part of the reason for buying my boots at Boot Doctors - I wanted a good fit. 

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Also, Id buy boots way before a helmet (or maybe the retailer will give you a package deal on both).  Makes a much bigger difference in your skiing.

 

 

Boots definitely made a huge difference! I'm loving my new technica phoenix firebirds...they fit great. I really couldn't believe the difference they made. The fact that I can now ski all day without fatigue made them worth it. The added control and speed are bonus. 

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