A Shop Perspective: All Things Ski & Snowboard
Hi, and welcome to our blog section! Here you'll see notes, discussions, and explanations about various subjects in the ski/snowboard industry. If there's ever a subject you'd like us to tackle, or have questions about, please feel free to email us at email@example.com! And awaaaaayyyyy we go!
Sept 13, 2019: Goggle Purchasing Simplified
Time for new goggles? Feeling overwhelmed by the vast number of choices on the market? We're here to help. Knowing the basics of frames & lenses will help you better choose what will fit your needs this coming season, and we're happy to steer you in the right direction. Let's get started! There are many factors to consider when choosing a goggle: riding conditions, natural/artificial light conditions, budget, lens changing systems, colour & style, glasses compatibility, etc. The most important of all these is the lighting & riding conditions you expect to be in. If you tend to only go out on bluebird mornings, there are lenses for that. If you're a night rider, there are lenses for that. If you're out primarily in flat light, or changing conditions, there are lenses for that too. Essentially what you need the lens to do is filter light in such a way that you get sharper contrast & definition. Having contrast helps spot irregularities in the snow so you can be prepared for ruts, bumps, chunks, etc. Every manufacturer has their own technology for doing so, but the aim is always the same. The same can be said of distortion. Ideally, you shouldn't see wavy lights or any other distorted features, and again, companies have tech to address such things. Matching your lens or lenses to the conditions you'll be in will make your time on the hill far safer, and more enjoyable. The absolute best thing to do when buying goggles is determine the conditions you'll primarily be in, and try as many pairs as you can within your budget. You'll often find that there's one goggle that will rise above the rest, and voila! It's also never a bad idea to try the goggles with the helmet you'll be wearing, to ensure as seamless a fit as you can. Avoid that frozen forehead! Feel free to come by the shop, and find out what's going to work best for you. "See" you soon! - J
Sept 6, 2019: What's the Best Boot?
There are a million and one boots out there on the market, for both skiers and snowboarders alike, and though we all may have our personal favourite brands or models, there's no one answer to the age old question, "what's the best boot?". The easiest answer we give when asked this, is "the one that fits you best, and does what you need it to". Meaning, the boot fits the unique shape of your foot and allows you to perform on the hill in the manner that you are trying to achieve. A "good" boot isn't necessarily the most expensive on the wall. If you're a novice, casual skier for example, a high end race boot is not the best boot for you, no matter how fancy it looks on the wall or on a world cup podium. Your salesperson/bootfitter should ALWAYS be asking you questions about your riding, experience, and desired outcomes before handing you some options to try on. The hard truth of the matter is that very few boots will fit you perfectly out of the box. If that happens, go buy a lottery ticket immediately. For most of us, there is some form of customization that is required, because each of us has a different foot shape with different needs. It may be a simple liner heating to relieve some pressure or adding foam for heel stabilization, to canting and leveling adjustments, to shell molding, and everywhere in between. We carry a wide range of ski and snowboard boots from top brands in the industry for just this reason, and have spent years fitting all types of feet for all types of situations. No one boot is the "best", so stop in and pick our brains about what might be right for you, and then try on as many models as you can. With the best boot for YOU, your feet will thank you and you'll be able to take your skiing/snowboarding to that next level. Until next time! - J
Aug 30, 2019: Buying Used Skis
This is the most exciting time of the year for us ski & snowboard fanatics. We've been waiting for what seems like an eternity for all the new products to hit the shelves and websites. Not everyone can afford the shiniest, newest models though, so the used market starts to pick up steam at this point in the season. Where it's possible to find some really good deals on used gear, the majority of items being sold online are actually better off avoided like the plague. When it comes to skis, there's a major hurdle when buying used: binding indemnification. Every year, binding manufacturers provide service shops with a list of their bindings that they consider to be ok for use. As the years go on, certain models drop off these lists, and the manufacturers will no longer back them in the case of a failure or breakage. Also, most reputable shops will not service or make any adjustments to these non-indemnified bindings, in order to avoid potential liabilities.
So, if you buy a set of skis online or from a friend for what seems like a steal, buyer beware. We get many customers each season that bring in their recently purchased skis only to find out they can't have them adjusted to fit their boots, and have ultimately wasted their money. Here at the store, we sell used skis on consignment, and verify the binding indemnification when we bring them in as well as at the start of each new season, to ensure no one gets a potentially unsafe/unsupported binding. We will not resell anything that is not indemnified, or in excessively worn condition. We hope this helps give you a bit of food for thought, and are happy to help when it's time to purchase your next new or used set of skis. See you soon! - J