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Old 09-04-2012, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm looking to buy my brother a snowboard, boots and bindings for this season but because he's only 13 and will probably outgrow everything quickly so I don't want to invest in anything too expensive. I got my own gear from a dedicated snowboarding and ski shop and had everything properly fitted. Is this the best way to go for my brother or would a chain like Zumiez be ok. The package deals I saw last season looked reasonable but I'm worried about them fitting the boots improperly. Do they even mold the boots to your feet or just sell them to you?
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Buy him a used or generic random crap bindings and board, but go get him some decent boots from someone who knows how to sell and fit them. Nobody has fun in sore feet.
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Buy him used gear (bindings and board) on cl or a snow show. Try to get an extruded base so you don't have to wax it and so you can just ptex dings he gets
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re boots, listen to snowklinger. Re zumiez, nononono. They're one step below wal-mart. They sell skateboards with plastic decks fergodsake. You'll get (somewhat) better quality and even some knowledge at sportsmart or some such. Swap meets are great. I don't tend to like craigslist just because of the driving around involved, unless you find an ad for something that's just right.
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What about leasing? Shops still do that right? When I was a wee lad my dad used to lease all our ski equipment (boots and skis). I have a brother and a sister, so I think this made it worth it to lease in "bulk."

At the end of the season, you simply return it. Long-term renting essentially, but the gear is usually kept in better shape.

Just an idea.
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What about leasing? Shops still do that right? When I was a wee lad my dad used to lease all our ski equipment (boots and skis). I have a brother and a sister, so I think this made it worth it to lease in "bulk."

At the end of the season, you simply return it. Long-term renting essentially, but the gear is usually kept in better shape.

Just an idea.
Sports Junkies in Vancouver does that. No idea how widespread it is.
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I know usaa or whatever its called does that for grom skiers, there are programs for this kind of thing, but I would guess 13 is about the end if not beyond the age spectrum.
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Thanks for all the advice!
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