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Old 02-08-2010, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I went snowboarding for the first time this winter and loved it. I would like to continue with it, but I need some gear. The carhartt coat and bibs I have do NOT work well with excess amounts of snow contact from falling. So, I've been looking for a coat and pants. I need some gloves too, but I am sure I can manage those. I have a limited budget so I need stuff on sale and I also want the coat to be something I can wear on an everyday basis. Therefore, I was thinking columbia would be a good brand for the coat. I was just wondering if anyone had any good websites to check out that are well trusted? Also, any feedback on times of the year to go to local ski/snowboard shops for big deals would be great! Im thinking somewhere in the $100-200 range for the coat and around $100 for the pants. Less if possible.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Get anything with 15k waterproof rating, and you will be fine. try Snowboard, Snowboards, Burton Snowboards, Burton Bindings, Burton Boots, and snowboard reviews - Free Shipping - US Orders Over $100 A lot of lower end Columbia jacket/pant have terrible waterproof rating and they are usually not specified (maybe because it sucks). Sierrasnowboard usually have alot of Foursquare and Special blend jackets/pants with 15k waterproof rating that will be more than enough for you. 10k is also good enough. But I personally wear at least 15k rating.
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i would suggest used or new volcom off craigslist or ebay. The nimbus and omega lines are incredible quality, fit, and finish.

I picked up new pair of pants for $60 and a jacket for $130
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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what about those special deal websites like steepandcheap.com? I have seen a couple people suggest them on other posts but I have never used them. How well are they trusted? They have some really good looking deals
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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alot of stores around me are putting snowboard equipment on sale already. one store (Army Navy) had all jackets and pants 50% off already. idk if you tried anything offline
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well the area I live in doesnt exactly have a lot of stores that specialize in snowboard/ski equipment. They are mostly bigger chains like sports authority or dunhams. There is one local ski store I could try, just to see if they do have anything. Any other suggestions?
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Try sites like sierrasnowboard.com or backcountryoutlet.com I got a Oakley jacket/4sq pants/burton gloves for $160.
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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yeah, I have been checking those websites out as well. Havent seen a whole lot I like yet, but I'll keep checking. It would be easier if I wasnt planning on wearing the jacket daily. Then I could just get soem crazy looking one
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Also check out brociety.com, whiskeymilitia.com these are similar to steepandcheap.

If you want a all purpose jacket, you can't go wrong with a northface. You just have to make sure it's at least 10K waterproof. Or look into getting cheapo shells.
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The safest way is to scan a discount website or a website having a sale for snowboard specific gear with a 15k (or higher) waterproof rating. If you're primarily interested in keeping the snow out then you should make sure that:
-The pants have gaiters
-The jacket has wrist gaiters
-Both the shell and jacket have fully taped seams

When on sale, you should be able to pick up an entire shell (jacket and pants) for $50-$60 each.
As for gloves, get something waterproof with a liner. Cheapest I've seen are Dakine Scout gloves for $40-$45

Obviously, spring and summer are the best times to find gear, but make sure to check the sizing charts because snowboarding pants have ridiculous sizing. If you wear a medium in normal pants then you're a small in most snowboard pants.
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