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12-19-2012 11:21 AM
Fiziks I think going to your local shop is always the best case scenario since they will be knowledgeable and will have high-quality gear. For that reason, I wouldn't send a new person alone into a big box place because newbies don't really know what they are looking for and wouldn't be able to tell a good board from shit.

But I will admit that I still do consider buying from the big box places from time to time. I usually pop in to see what they have for people that I'm helping get in to snowboarding and may want to invest in some gear, but don't have the money to buy new stuff. Since no-one shops at the big box places, you can get really lucky and find some amazing deals in their clearance items. When my GF first started, we found a pair of K2 bindings for her under a pile of other clearance stuff. They were from 2 seasons back, so there was a clearance discount on top of another clearance discount and they ended up being something like $30 brand new for a decent mid range binding. Since she saved a ton of dough on bindings, she was able to spend more on getting a better board.

It's kind of like going to a thrift store. You're not guaranteed to find good deals, but if you dig enough and pop in every once in a while you may find some hidden treasures.
12-19-2012 10:04 AM
TorpedoVegas Those big stores always have a few decent brands, but always the lowest end of product... A top of the line binding there is usually a Burton Custom. Sometimes they are good for buying kids gear.. I picked up a last years Burton Chopper for my daughter at half price this year... So they have their place
12-19-2012 09:58 AM
wrathfuldeity Around here the high end stuff is generally not available from big boxes, corperate rei being fairly close...its rather sad that their inventory is rather limited...however they have stiff competition from some local core shops...and Z's is sad entertainment...but at least they shut up, hang their head and walk away when they realize you are an informed consumer.
12-19-2012 09:46 AM
AWNOW I try to shop local as much as I can, even more so with snow shops. I would much rather support a rider owned and rider employing business than throwing profits to some massive corporation. You'd be surprised what happens to the prices at your local shop when you become a regular customer too. Especially the tune prices.
12-19-2012 02:45 AM
Capita2JZGTE Grand Junction. It's on the western slope of Colorado. Pop. is about 100,000 and still only one or two board shops. Our closest resort is shit so a lot of people end up making a 2 hour drive to Snowmass.
12-19-2012 02:33 AM
Alkasquawlik
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Originally Posted by Capita2JZGTE View Post
I try to support local shops when I can but they always seem to carry one or two brands when it comes to bindings or boards, and they will always talk bad about every other brand other than the ones in their shop. At least the ones here. I will say that yes, they are loads more knowledgeable than your average salesmen at say sports authority but sometimes when they only carry one or two brands its hard not to question whether or not they believe what they are preaching. I do however buy my shades, goggles, jackets and such exclusively through local shops.
Sounds like a terrible shop, not much better than your average chain store.

Where do you live?
12-19-2012 02:31 AM
Powhound97 You must not have a very good shop near you, my local shop has probably 50 bindings to pick from, ton's of board, a decent selection of boots, ton's of gloves and a good amount of jackets and pants to pick from
And yes, rei has a lot more stuff.... But i'd rather keep the dudes at my local shop employed than shop at a place that gets way more business.
12-19-2012 02:17 AM
BurtonAvenger Shop local.
12-19-2012 02:11 AM
Capita2JZGTE I try to support local shops when I can but they always seem to carry one or two brands when it comes to bindings or boards, and they will always talk bad about every other brand other than the ones in their shop. At least the ones here. I will say that yes, they are loads more knowledgeable than your average salesmen at say sports authority but sometimes when they only carry one or two brands its hard not to question whether or not they believe what they are preaching. I do however buy my shades, goggles, jackets and such exclusively through local shops.

Oh and I second your REI comment. I remember going into REI a couple years back looking for some new pants, and I asked the gal who was trying to assist me, what the waterproof rating was of a certain pant, because it was missing a tag, and she looked at me and said. "I'm not sure. Wait, what do you mean by waterproof rating?" smh..
12-19-2012 01:57 AM
Powhound97 support you're local shops, my local small chain place (they have 4 stores) had to close the shop closest to me, to many people buying stuff online... I was super sad to see they closed it!
The guys that work at this place know the shit their selling, they don't push you to buy something because the aren't commissioned to sell it.
What I'm saying is, shop local shops! You'll be supporting a local store and you won't be pressured into buying something you don't want.
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