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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-12-2010, 04:31 PM
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Review on my experience

To start off, the price on the snowboard is great if and only if you live in US
Those who are living in Canada, you are out of luck. The cost of a snowboard package is 323.00 USD which is approximately 350.00 CAD. Then you need to add 15.00 USD for shipping. Then on top of that, you need to pay 39.00 CAD for tax when you pick up the package. The sum of my experience cost me 390.00 CAD. Compare that to the price of a snowboard locally approximately 400 CAD, it's still a little cheaper. But you loss the chance to try it out and item being easily return. (In my case, if I did buy it locally, I would exchange it)

Packaging itself: The package comes in a big box with board, boots and binding plastic wrap together.(To save cost in shipping, which I totally understand) Everything is still in the original plastic packaging. (+)

Quality: The system apex snowboard I bought had 2 holes which were not threaded properly and the screws can't fit in them. Luckily, I didn't need those 2 holes as I'm not as fat as I though I was. Bindings are great. Boots are little tight but I wouldn't go with a bigger size as it will be too big for me anyway.

Shipping time: Great came 1 a week + few days. (Keeping in mind this is from US to Canada)

Overall: Although the quality and there way of doing business is excellent. There are some downfall such as: unable to try boots on to fit, difficult to exchange as it is difficult to find a correct box to fit the return.

Mark: 8/10

Suggestion for other buyers: Try the boots from a local store first, then buy them from wired sport. Compare the price, not just the tag price, but the price of the whole process and the price after tax.
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I'd suggest something totally different. Why not support your local store if your saving is minimal?
Not only now it's harder to return/exchange - if everyone continues to support online vendors only, your local store will eventually go out of business and there won't be a place to try on the boots. I say, if you go and try on the boots at least buy them from your local store - unless they are significantly more expensive (and by significantly I don't mean 10%, but more like 30%). Service is worth something.

Don't get me wrong - I buy my stuff from online vendors as well (mostly because some stuff is not available locally), but when I can I try to support local business.
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Wired Sports is a great shop, and the guy running it def has the respect of people on this forum, great place to buy from imo

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With boots, I'd always try them on and buy locally given the potential issues that could arise with buying online.

Also, and not to offend, but you should have factored in all the additional shipping costs, other taxes and duties into your purchase price. You can't exactly blame wiredsports for this.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-14-2010, 04:48 PM
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twin89: I'm not saying Wiredsport is a horrible place to buy snowboard nor do I hate it. I'm just saying that for those north of the border, buying it from a local retail is a better choice.

wasaskier and DC5R: Yes, buying it locally is a better deal. Unfortunately, Wiredsport sell the gear cheaper if bought in a package. So, if anyone do choose Wiredsport, it's better to get the whole set.

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