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IsitWinterYet17Pros and cons. Consider your style of skiing. Where you will be skiing. How much you will be skiing.
Summary: don't cheap more often than not.
Poles- cheap out for sure. They will bend and break no matter eventually once you have a good fall.
Helmet- don't cheap out, but you can certainly find good helmets for 50%+ off if you are willing to compromise on color and wait for sales.
Goggles- don't cheap out. Good goggles rock and typically fog less and can have added pros such as PRIZM lenses. Same as before, you can find ones cheap if you compromise on appearance.
Gloves- do not cheap out. Get quality gloves. I spent years with numb fingers after going through low and mid grade gloves. Only to pull the chain and buy expensive mittens. Although Kinco's are cheap and seem to be pretty good so far. I use those when it's not super cold out.
Jacket- don't cheap out, but don't pay full price either. I got my North Face at TJMAXX for 75%off, 7 years ago.
Snow pants- cheap out for sure. Mine cost me $15 at Burlington Coat Factory and they're still holding strong 5 years later. Unless you ski a lot of rain or are on the ground all day, screw paying premium for ultra waterproof pants.
Skis- depends. I can see an argument for both. I always buy my shit as cheap as possible, even if it is a good product. Nice skis are noticeably better in many conditions. If you're hitting rails and urban, consider looking for durability and low cost. Maybe some used shit.
Bindings- don't cheap. You don't have to spend a billion dollars and get pivots, but I wouldn't get the bottom of the line nobody knows brand bindings. Get something reputable that suits your style.
Boots- once again, do not cheap. This is probably the most important thing not to cheap on. If you find a pair of boots that you like and they're on sale, great! Check out previous year's models. You can always find a boot that fits you, then go buy it cheaper online (Yea yeah I know. I'm still gonna do it.). My local shop happens to sell cheap online as well so I didn't have to do that. They were cheap in the store and fit great.
Ski bag- don't cheap out. The big padded expensive bags are quite nice and some come with lifetime warranties (e.g. Dakine). Remember you're protecting upwards of $1000+ worth of gear. Why skimp $100 to risk it.
Ski wax- don't cheap and buy an indie brand. Stick to the name brands.
Wax iron- dont cheap, but there's plenty of digital ones for not that much.
Annual ski maintenance- don't be a cheapskate and skip out on doing these things. Do what you can at home and have the shop do the rest.
Ski socks- don't cheap. I bet some people will disagree, but good socks means happy feet.
Lift tickets (not gear I know)- fuck yeah 100% as cheap as possible. Who even buys at the window these days?
hippystinxbasically skiings expensive. I think it is more about finding work/friends/hookups that allow you to get cheap gear. It is a lot more reasonable to get new gear if everything is 40-70% of msrp.
GreatbumpThanks guys! Its always so hard to decide what's worth the money. I definitely agree that skiing is an expensive sport. I've bought tons of used stuff and discounted stuff and that definitely helps the bank account.