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Topic # 193757 23-Mar-2016 09:49
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Looking to start this year so need all the gear if anyone has some for sale, preferably in Christchurch so I can try on. Need everything, board, bindings, boots, jacket, trousers, goggles etc.

 

Or if anyone knows a good place to get them.

 

Thanks.


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  Reply # 1518190 23-Mar-2016 09:49
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  Reply # 1518229 23-Mar-2016 10:24
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I'd strongly recommend renting for your first two seasons. Snow is often a romantic notion for a lot of people. You could easily spend $1000-2000 on gear that was reasonable quality (Not to mention that soft fabrics absorb a lot of sweat so I wouldn't recommend buying that stuff second hand).

 

If you were to buy anything, buy boots. They take a while to wear in.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1518237 23-Mar-2016 10:42
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I'd strongly recommend renting for your first two seasons. Snow is often a romantic notion for a lot of people. You could easily spend $1000-2000 on gear that was reasonable quality (Not to mention that soft fabrics absorb a lot of sweat so I wouldn't recommend buying that stuff second hand).

 

If you were to buy anything, buy boots. They take a while to wear in.

 

 

 

 

Agree with this.  I am a skier, not a boarder, but your boots are still the most important item.  Get the fitted well and everything will be much more enjoyable.  Hire a board.  If you live in Auckland go to Snow Planet and get some lessons, definitely worth it.




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  Reply # 1518252 23-Mar-2016 11:02
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Thanks for the advice, appreciate it. Last time I went skiing rental including the pass was about $150, figured if I go a lot that it would be cheaper to buy the gear. I'll have a look around and might just rent again a few times.


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  Reply # 1518254 23-Mar-2016 11:06
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leo0787sx:

 

Thanks for the advice, appreciate it. Last time I went skiing rental including the pass was about $150, figured if I go a lot that it would be cheaper to buy the gear. I'll have a look around and might just rent again a few times.

 

 

 

 

it definitely won't be cheaper unless you go a fair amount. Then there is convenience factor (No storage, no maintenance, no cleaning, and best of all no lugging of gear up mountain).

 

 

 

I can't stress enough how unpleasant snowboarding is with bad boots. Even a minor discomfort can turn into major problems. We went to Japan snowboarding a number of years ago, and I rented boots, after 1.5 days, I didn't want to snowboard because it was so painful. In the end my wife convinced me to go and buy a pair. I bought a pretty expensive pair, but it was the difference between enjoying my trip and not.

 

Buy a decent pair and wear them around the house for an hour every night for a fortnight. You'll thank me. 


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  Reply # 1518462 23-Mar-2016 15:06
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leo0787sx:

 

Thanks for the advice, appreciate it. Last time I went skiing rental including the pass was about $150, figured if I go a lot that it would be cheaper to buy the gear. I'll have a look around and might just rent again a few times.

 

 

 

 

it definitely won't be cheaper unless you go a fair amount. Then there is convenience factor (No storage, no maintenance, no cleaning, and best of all no lugging of gear up mountain).

 

 

 

I can't stress enough how unpleasant snowboarding is with bad boots. Even a minor discomfort can turn into major problems. We went to Japan snowboarding a number of years ago, and I rented boots, after 1.5 days, I didn't want to snowboard because it was so painful. In the end my wife convinced me to go and buy a pair. I bought a pretty expensive pair, but it was the difference between enjoying my trip and not.

 

Buy a decent pair and wear them around the house for an hour every night for a fortnight. You'll thank me. 

 



Funny enough I had a very similar experience, but skiing in Canada - rental boots and after 1 day was in a lot of pain.  Bought some boots in NZ (end of line from Snow Center) and still have them, massive difference having something properly fitted.

Another piece of advice - if you ever go overseas with your gear, take your boots as hand luggage.  You can always hire a board, buy cheap gloves, etc, but you cannot replace a pair of good boots if they go missing with rental equipment.


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  Reply # 1518467 23-Mar-2016 15:10
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Funny enough I had a very similar experience, but skiing in Canada - rental boots and after 1 day was in a lot of pain.  Bought some boots in NZ (end of line from Snow Center) and still have them, massive difference having something properly fitted.

Another piece of advice - if you ever go overseas with your gear, take your boots as hand luggage.  You can always hire a board, buy cheap gloves, etc, but you cannot replace a pair of good boots if they go missing with rental equipment.

 

 

 

 

Interesting. I didn't end up being allowed to do this with AirNZ.

 

 

 

I spent a little extra on my boots for a ratchet system, and replaced them 2 years later with MUCH lighter ones that had drawstring auto lacers. They were an UGLY blue colour but (relatively) comfortable.

 

With dead flat feet, cramp in the arch of my foot was just complete misery. Even with good boots, I was having a similar problem.

 

 

 

Sorry for the off topic deviation OP


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  Reply # 1519806 25-Mar-2016 19:53
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Got most of my stuff from the-house.com when I first started they have decent prices, have slowly replaced with north face gear ( not cheap though), my advice is to go for a shell jacket, icebreaker thermals plus a long and short selve teeshirt, as you can strip layers, most end up instead of a heavy snow jacket. don't be tricked into buying burton s**t and reference the good wood guide when buying a board. Remember Sunblock is your friend and sunblock under your chin.

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  Reply # 1522797 30-Mar-2016 14:05
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Broken River Ski Club used to hold a second hand gear sale every year, but I don't know if they still do. Sale was in Rangiora where they had a clubroom, but don't know if that is still the case. You could try contacting them through their website contact page http://silverstripe.brokenriver.co.nz/about-br/contact-us/


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  Reply # 1522807 30-Mar-2016 14:31
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I agree with those suggesting buying well fitting boots first.

 

I'd also consider a helmet, goggles and decent snowboarding gloves with the built in wrist guards as your next gear upgrades.

 

I rented for the first year which only involved about 2-3 days actually on the mountain.  Scored some boots in an end of season sale.  Snowboard and bindings the same way.  Then added the various other bits and pieces over the next couple of years by looking for sales at retailers (physical and online) clearing last years stock. Also, keep an eye out for test days where manufacturers have a selection of their gear available on the mountain that you can try out.

 

Keep in mind that some of the gear may only have a useful lifespan of 3-5 years depending on how much you actually use it.  Waterproof kit doesn't stay waterproof for ever.  Boots "wear out".  Boards go "soggy".  Though as a beginner/intermediate, I'm not sure I could tell at this stage if my board is "off".  tongue-out





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  Reply # 1522840 30-Mar-2016 15:18
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I agree with those suggesting buying well fitting boots first.

 

I'd also consider a helmet, goggles and decent snowboarding gloves with the built in wrist guards as your next gear upgrades.

 

I rented for the first year which only involved about 2-3 days actually on the mountain.  Scored some boots in an end of season sale.  Snowboard and bindings the same way.  Then added the various other bits and pieces over the next couple of years by looking for sales at retailers (physical and online) clearing last years stock. Also, keep an eye out for test days where manufacturers have a selection of their gear available on the mountain that you can try out.

 

Keep in mind that some of the gear may only have a useful lifespan of 3-5 years depending on how much you actually use it.  Waterproof kit doesn't stay waterproof for ever.  Boots "wear out".  Boards go "soggy".  Though as a beginner/intermediate, I'm not sure I could tell at this stage if my board is "off".  tongue-out

 



Good point on the life and wearing out.  For ski boots its something like 300 days, but this is going off memory and I could be wrong there.  Sounds a lot but if you work/live on the mountain, its basically 3 seasons.  (Actually I found this http://www.epicski.com/t/133582/poll-how-often-do-you-buy-ski-boots ).  Second hand gear obviously has a much shorter life span.

I had my skis serviced the other day and found the sidewall had split through the top layer and now its not waterproof, meaning they don't have long to go before needing to be replaced.  Depending on what you do with your gear (casual, racing, freestyle, etc.) and how you buy it (new/secondhand), it may need replacing after just one season.


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  Reply # 1523145 31-Mar-2016 09:57
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timbosan:

 

I had my skis serviced the other day and found the sidewall had split through the top layer and now its not waterproof, meaning they don't have long to go before needing to be replaced.  Depending on what you do with your gear (casual, racing, freestyle, etc.) and how you buy it (new/secondhand), it may need replacing after just one season.

 

 

One unfortunate encounter with a rock and it could be half a run.  :-/

 

I did research doing my own waxing and base repairs and invested in a wax iron, scraper and wax, plus a base repair P-Tex candle for minor gouges.  Relatively easy to do at home (if you've got a garage) and saves paying someone else to do it.

 

Sorry for the topic derail given it's a WTB rather than a how to.







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  Reply # 1523332 31-Mar-2016 14:10
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Cool this was interesting to read, thanks.

 

My friend has a board and bindings, good condition and not used much as he was waiting to ship his board from overseas. So I'm going to get some boots, was looking at some cheap M3 but having spoken to the guys in the shop and read on here I'm going to splash out on some Burton ones.

 

I have a water proof jacket and pants and can put layers underneath.

 

I'll probably then just keep an eye out for a helmet, googles and gloves.

 

So it will probably come to about $600 ish so not too bad :)


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