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Advice needed Victoria Exrental Skis and Snowboard

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by lehb, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. lehb

    lehb First Runs

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    Seasonal lurkers here. Developed lots of respect and received heaps of education and amusement from the forum.

    I and my girlfriend are after our first set of snowboard and skis, after comfortablely linking turns on all blue runs at Falls Creek and Mt Buller. We are still after Spring fun, so we thought this is a good time to look at exrentals.

    May we get some recommendations on where to get exrental gears in Victoria?

    We also found that this website gives very competitive pricing 100$ boards, and 150 Skis. Does anyone have experience with their gears ? They have a few Sims boards, and a large range of probably Chinese generic range.
    https://www.findsports.com.au

    We have only played with Cambered gears from rental, but after some research we are thinking maybe we could try rockered for easy fun, as both of us are not too athletic, and planning to do 3-4 days in Japan as well.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. rowdyflat

    rowdyflat One of Us

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    I have never heard of most of the brands on the website so presumably Chinese.
    Ex rental gear is better to buy IMO.
     
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  3. lehb

    lehb First Runs

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    Thank you, would you recommend a place where they sell exrentals ? Most we have come across only rents (Mansfield and Bright)
     
  4. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    They may not advertise that they will sell 2nd hand, but might o
    If you ask. Perhap ring places that are not too inconvenient for pickup and ask what they could do. Try independents, not just lift co places
     
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    Hermannator One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Only my opinion, but ex-rentals are a complete waste of time and money. Nobody in Europe buys this kind of stuff, let alone skis one season old.
    If name-brand skis are your target then try https://www.levelninesports.com/
    They are known for super-fast shipping (e.g. 3 days from USA to Melb).
     
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  6. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us

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    If you are going to buy second hand from a shop, go for ex-demo, rather than ex-rental, if possible.

    You can also try the many buy/swap/sell groups on Facebook. Look for someone who got over eager and bought everything, then bailed.
     
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  7. lehb

    lehb First Runs

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    Thanks guys rang two rentals in town today but no luck, and will look at some Facebook groups.
     
  8. rowdyflat

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    Unless you are fussy or hot skiers IMHO ex rentals will be OK.
    4 out of 5 of my current skis are 2 nd hand.
     
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  9. lehb

    lehb First Runs

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    Thank you for the advice!
     
  10. Chowder11

    Chowder11 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ex demo definitely a good option. Don’t expect to be Uber cheap though as they tend to be hi end skis retail value. $4-500 is about right, most of the time they are a ski binding package sitting well over 1k on the rack new, and they tend to be well looked after, constant servicing and waxing.

    Don’t buy ex rental skis. They get flogged into the ground and will hold back your progression and they are very basic entry level skis even new let alone been skied 100+ times
     
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    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Buyers remorse.
     
  12. Froff Life

    Froff Life A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm curious about the website store OP linked: https://www.findsports.com.au/

    The gear is outrageously cheap. I'm almost tempted to buy a pair to see how bad they can possibly be!

    Blue House Snow Skis Flat Sidewall 187cm

    • Length: 187cm
    • Waist Width: 111mm
    • Nose: 137mm
    • Tail: 121mm
    • Profile: Flat
    • Construction: Sidewall
     
  13. nezumi

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    I've had the same morbid curiosity in the past, especially when they have their pre-season rising price offer where it starts at around $300(?) I just don't know if I could bring myself to sacrifice a few runs to a board that is going to be of poor quality in the first place. Maybe if I knew I would be doing a full season and wanted a dedicated rock board.
     
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  14. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its the old force snowboards.

    Their gear is fine. Its just straight from a factory in china to a retail enviroment.
     
  15. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Cheap rubbish. Equivilent quality to a rental ski. If that.

    Consider what components are in a ski, to be bale to sell it in Australia for $149 including freight to Australia.
     
  16. iagreewithhim

    iagreewithhim One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I disagree with him (finally!). I bought a pair of K2 ex-rentals from Monster about 5 years ago for $399 and they've been great. Plenty of meat left on the bases and edges, plenty of scratches on the top but nothing significant. If you're skiing 100 days a season I'd say go new, but if you're a one or two weeks or a couple of weekends a year type, then 2nd hand is definitely worth a look.
    To pick up on a few points others have made:
    1. Basic ex-rentals I wouldn't bother with, but ex-demo rentals are another thing - they'll be good quality brand name skis, albeit not the latest model.
    2. Don't just buy any old ex-rental OR ex-demo. Buy one you've tried (perhaps rented) and know that you like. I bought a model (perhaps the very pair) I'd rented a couple of times and loved.
    3. All those hire shops have to get rid of their old stock somehow, so there shouldn't be any shortage for sale. Monster Jindabyne has a pretty good range of ex-rentals for sale, so there should be others.
    4. Rockered skis are the shiz. Don't bother with anything else. My skiing went up a quantum the first time I used them.
     
  17. iagreewithhim

    iagreewithhim One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    How much does a pair of leading brand skis cost to make (not to market; to make)? I'll bet it's not much more than $100.
    To give an example, look at the ski pants I bought from Aldi last year: $50 and every bit as good as ones you'd pay $400 for from Mountain Designs.
     
  18. Hermannator

    Hermannator One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    What do you think happens to the stiffness/flex?
     
  19. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I love how condescending you can be...
     
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    iagreewithhim One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Maybe I'm just not good enough to notice.
     
  21. Froff Life

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    But how bad can they really be....
    Like $599.00 for Skis+boots+poles+bindings is insane. If you were looking to deck out your kid or newbie skier signifcant other... unbeatable price.
    I know I sound like i work for this mob, I don't! I'm just amazed at their prices. Would love to hear if anyone's actually used their equipment!
     
  22. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not everyone needs a race car as a daily driver
     
  23. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    They are not bad..... at all.
     
  24. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Chinese labour costs are very low
     
  25. DPS Driver

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    No not at all, fact. There's not a condescending bone in my body. A spades a bloody shovel.

    It's just that I know how much cheap skis cost from China and how much quality skis cost from China. I know how much shipping costs are, landing costs etc and on top of that the e-tailer needs to make a profit.

    Like I said cheap rubbish.
     
  26. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    You've got to look at the whole cost, plus overheads to sell even if you're an e-tailer.

    In China you can buy quality skis or you can buy cheap skis. These are cheap skis. I'm offered them every day from Rachael, or Sharon or Kelly from China.

    I've looked at them with a view to rental fleets but the quality is variable and the warranty rates would be far too high, so it's not a wise bet from a business perspective. From an end users perspective. Depends on your wants and needs from a ski.
     
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    I'd reckon in October you'd be able to find a few ex-demo skis or unwanted purchases doing the rounds on gumtree or similar.

    I recall one of the ski shops in Jindy once took a whole bunch of ex-rental skis out to the tip, which looked like a fantastic find until you took a closer look and saw all the holes they'd drilled in them so that nobody else could use them.