Help Me Buy all my gear
New to the forum and hoping to stay for a long time.
Just a quick backstory, did indoor snowboarding at Landgraaf (Netherlands) in 2009 and i absolutely loved the experience and have since been aching to get to a real slope.
Living in Perth Australia, options are limited but my wife and i have decided to head to Queenstown (NZ) this year. She has never seen snow so its going to be painful to get going :p but we both hope to make it a regular affair!
Can you guys please assist in reccomending gear, hoping to purchase all of our gear online before we head over.
I will hold off on buying board and binding until after our first trip to see what we like etc.
Gear we need (mens & womens)
Have been looking on dogfunk.com, they have pretty good sale on at the moment due to end of the US ski season.
Our budget is ~$1000 to $1500 combined for the both of us.
Looking at using shipitto.com for freight forwarding.
Any advice appreciated.
If you haven't, take a look at this thread. Has a pretty good list of online retailers to go through. http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...retailers.html
As for the boots, most are going to say they really need to be bought in person for size/comfort. Especially shipping over the pond where returns are pretty cost prohibitive. You really ought to try them on before you buy unless you are willing to eat return costs or are willing to accept the chance that those boots may be killer on your feet.
Will post a couple equip guide links for you later when I have more time. The info there will help u in deciding what direction to go with boards n whatnot.
In the meantime, I cannot emphasise enough f00bar's advice about boots. (...there will b others who will chime in as well no doubt!)
Until you can find a shop somewhere with enough selection, you are almost better off sticking with rental boots that you can readily switch during your day at the resort. (...almost!)
Comfortable Good fitting boots will make ALL the difference between having a fun day learning and being absolutely miserable on the hill. More important than your board, bindings, cool looking SB outer wear, etc.
Even if you are a very "standard" size and never had any trouble fitting shoes, work/hiking boots etc? SB boots can have a wildy varied set of fit characteristics. Even within the same manufacturer.
Try on as many dozens of pairs as you possibly can before buying.
One thing missing off your list, which I would add, is some protective equipment, especially if your wife's never been on snow.
Crash-pants to protect the coccyx & hip-bones, are quite useful, and I would also suggest wrist-guards, since you don't want to damage those during your first season. If you want even more protection, knee and elbow pads could be a good idea. You will be falling over a lot, and one injury is all it takes to screw up your season.
Good luck with the hunt for the gear & enjoy the slopes!
Jackets and pants look for 10k/10k on waterproof/breathability minimum nothing worse than being cold and wet, personally I don't go for down jackets i prefer a baselayer (merino wool), midlayer (primaloft or similar) and shell jacket. I'm not a fan of wrist protectors the first thing to learn is how to fall properly.
Backcountry.com has some good end of season deals as well.
If you're heading to Queenstown you should consider going an hour up the road to Cardrona resort which is probably the best snowboarding resort down there. It's closest to Wanaka but you would still fly in to Queenstown.
Might be worth taking a look at Oz Snow Gear - Shop online for ski and snowboard gear in the US and ship to Australia for postage too. I got my gear sent to Brisbane using them, really straight forward, simple etc.
Thanks for the advice f00bar, i definitely plan to visit the only ski/snow shop in Perth to try on boots etc. I have read about the importance of boots, not to mention the fit!
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