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Kids gear purchase vs renting...

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Roymond, Dec 26, 2020.

  1. Roymond

    Roymond One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    We are going out on a limb and have booked 17 days in Canada 21/22 season. I know it’s flat but everyone in the crew likes sun peaks, so that’s where we are headed. Our kids will be 15, 14 and 12 at that stage.
    looking at the numbers for long term rental, it seems to come out about $600 per kid for that time period.
    Coming from Qld, we only ski once a year with the family.
    At this point does it get more economical to buy a full package for each child ? Is it possible to get reasonable kit for a youth for that price that will last for a couple of seasons factoring growth? Are we better off buying skis and renting boots until they have passed the growth spurt?
    I guess @CarveMan would have the best idea as an industry insider. what have others done?
     
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    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Moderator

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    Aldi sale. Cheaper than renting & just as good.

    Edit: obviously doesn't include skis, boards, & boots.
     
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  3. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Renting probably economical as at that tween / early teen age you’re getting in to adult sizes and therefore dollars, but still with a risk of growing out of the gear in 2 years. If you skied more I reckon purchasing comes on to play. Also it’s hard to own skis and rent boots unless you put rental/demo bindings on the skis which add weight and $$
     
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  4. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    There's also age/gender spread for your kids, where the skis for the 15yo, could be used later for the 14yo & 12yo. (unless they will complain about hand-me-downs)
     
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    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Back in my retail days I used to suggest considering purchasing rather than renting after 3 weeks of skiing. You're prolly still better off renting.
     
  6. Chaeron

    Chaeron Ski-Hike-Blade-Bike-Kayak Ski Pass: Gold

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    The kids could rent/ demo boots/ skis on-mountain and then you could buy if they liked - there’s a break-even point between buy & rent which is probably about 10+ days - depending on the quality...

    Avoiding shipping costs (you’re skiing os) and the flexibility of swapping between skis etc. suggests renting is probably the better option here. Like @Sandy says - buying for the older two can be an option.

    Own helmet etc. by far preferable.
     
  7. Donzah

    Donzah Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Second hand ski gear is incredibly cheap online.
    I think I bought one pair of skis brand new for 14F poppy. That's 11 seasons of skiing.
     
  8. Chaeron

    Chaeron Ski-Hike-Blade-Bike-Kayak Ski Pass: Gold

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    +1

    Arthur (14 in Jan) has also only had one pair of new skis in 11 seasons... and they’ve BC touring skis....

    He’s also benefited from his older brother’s hand me downs...
     
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  9. Donzah

    Donzah Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I buy... then onsell one or two seasons later...

    Mind you... I have a snowboarder now...
     
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  10. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Is the Aldi gear up to a Canada winter
     
  11. Harper11

    Harper11 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    If I can avoid lugging skis across the world take my money.
     
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  12. Donzah

    Donzah Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Outerwear? Shit yeah.
    I'd get good gloves though
     
  13. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes. Very much so.
     
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  14. Gumbo

    Gumbo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I wish I could say I do this but I’m a whorder when it comes to ski gear.
     
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    Have purchased all second hand gear for my kids now 7 &10, 5yrs of skiing for only 2 weeks a year (QLDers too). I have then been able to on-sell gear. We only rented the first year. For skiing in Japan it was far more economical to pay the excess baggage charge than rent over there. Also roces adjustable ski boots are great for littler kids, but may not work for your older ones.
     
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  16. zac150

    zac150 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    It’s still all about layers, To be honest I was the only one that had issues at Silver star this year and I was in Arcteryx. I got my layers wrong and the cold bar of the chair caused issues.
     
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    zac150 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    To the OP we buy and sell as well, I usually get two years out of skis for the kids buying at nose level and selling at neck, which is usually two plus years (plus an o/s winter).

    As others have said if you buy right (especially boots) you should be able to hand them down the line.
     
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    zac150 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I should add that buying skis costs about $300 new and you sell for about $150 so the cost of the skis are $75 a year.

    but as @CarveMan rightly says your kids are getting to the age they need proper skis. My eldest skis were purchased in Whistler at a store that also has shops in Vancouver, they had a buy back deal so she sold her skis and traded up to her first adult skis which were on sale.
     
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  19. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good point

    we have been purchasing second hand. We look for skis around $75-$100 then hold them through child one and two then sell again for around $50.

    The boys first set of skis and boots we found on gumtree for $50. He did 2 seasons, then his sister did 2 seasons, then we managed to sell them for $50.

    then the skis and boots we got off Lady P lasted him 2 seasons and his sister used them this year. They were probably a smidge too big for her this season so I think we will get two more years out of them for her. Then at the beginning of the season just gone I managed to get some cheap ex rental stuff from rythym for the boy ($90 for a pair of twin tip atomics and $75 for some boots), which he should get another season out of.

    the problem I see going forward now is my girl is getting quite independent and has her own style so she may not like the hand me down offering soon.
     
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  20. zac150

    zac150 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I remember telling my eldest she had to pick a unisex colour for a down jacket, only ever happened once.
     
  21. Jonathan_P

    Jonathan_P One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I am hoping Mr 1 when he’s old enough appreciates purple skis:)
     
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  22. Chaeron

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    But, but, Red skis go faster....
     
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  23. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    For many years we purchased second hand skis in Kelowna (https://www.playitagainsports.com/home) and then returned them for a refund after our ski trip, worked really well.

    As the kids grew into the adult size of ski in ability we then did a full season rental from the same ski shop even though it was only for 4 weeks. Still cheaper than the hills. When kids hit 15 and 11 they were skiing at the level where we needed higher end boots and skis.... they are crazy mental skiers...so now we have purchased boots and skis and will see how we go. great investment as it still is cheaper than renting when we ski for a month each year. Also we saw their abilities climb exponentially once they had boots fitted professionally for them. I guess it has it's pro's and cons but I would suggest if skiing more than 10 or so days go the purchase option whether it be second hand or new.