Some decent discounts if you're a skier or snowboarder. Plus, free shipping until the 5th of December.
This is the link I have bookmarked for T7 deals
Might find something else worthy of purchase.
There are some amazing deals to be found here, however some items seem to be only available at specific stores, one of which is Racers Edge and it specifically states that the deals are not valid for Racers Edge, so that seems kinda misleading.
If anyone needs advice let me know, I am a snowboard coach and used to sell ski/board gear. It's hard to make accurate recommendations online because I can't see you or your skill levels etc but I can do my best to guide you to the right gear if needed. Apologies if I forget to check and respond in a timely fashion!
I was going to list a few good deals I saw here but honestly, every name brand item seems to be an amazing deal, so I feel like I'd be posting almost everything. Instead here's a few tips for gear:
Outerwear - minimum 10k/10k waterproofing breathability for northern hemisphere places like Japan, USA, Canada. In NZ/AU you should aim for 15k if you plan to be out when it's misty/light or short rain and 20k if you want to be on snow when it's literally raining. both 5k or 10k is fine for fair weather skiers who don't like to be out unless it's sunny, but anyone who sits (snowboarders!) or falls a lot will find that even by the end of the day 10k will be wet through.
Boots - Cheap is great but comfortable is better. If you can't stand to wear it and make the most of your pass, then you may as well have spent more money to get something that fits. Torpedo7 has a great return policy so you can order them, try them on and return them if needed. Getting fit by an experienced fitter for Ski boots is highly recommended as they will know each brand/boots characteristics as they wear in over time and compare your foot.
Snowboard boots are a bit more forgiving, but it's still recommended to get fit by someone.
Goggles - Again, fit! Worth trying on, but most people shouldn't have too many issues. Your nose shape and head size will impact if there are gaps between the foam and your face. As for anti-fog, this comes down to how you treat your goggles and is rarely a fault of the brand/goggle. If moisture gets inside, they will fog. That's it. End of story. If you wipe the inside when they are wet, you will likely damage the anti-fog properties. Shake the snow out instead. Most people's goggles fog because they failed to dry them 100% before the next day. If it's snowing/wet and you put your goggles on top of your forehead, the heat of your head will make the moisture on your hat/head go into your goggles so they fog when you put them back on. If you take your goggles off, take them completely off.
Gloves - Mittens are warmer than gloves. If you're going to Japan/USA/Canada, consider mittens. It can be extremely cold, with temperatures hitting -40c if you're lucky. Same deal as the outwear waterproofing. Consider whether you'll be putting your hands in the snow a low (snowboarders) and need extra waterproofing, or if you'll be fine with less.
Jacket/pant features - Again, if you're going overseas, consider the features like a snowskirt in the jacket or bibpants to keep powder out when you fall. 100% worth it.
i was really interested in Burton 2024 Men's Process Fv Snowboard however it only pick up in store and Im not based in queenstown, is there anyone who could possible buy and post, Would be happy to reimburse for time
Go into your local and ask if you can purchase. If you're lucky they'll simply transfer the board to your local
As wowbigdeal says, you can often go into store and ask for it to be transferred for you if you pay on the spot. The discount is so big however that I feel like they probably wouldn't do it. This is selling below cost price.
yeah gave it a go and offered to pay but they couldnt do it unfrotunately. Must pick up from the queenstown store
@ace834: Your other option, is to call Qtown directly and ask them if you can pay for it via Zip over the phone as you generate a code on your phone and they enter it in the computer iirc (if someone there knows what they're up to they'll accept payment on the phone this way, but usually most staff will be stumped at any possible way to accept payments other than in store), and see if you can get someone there to package and ship - most stores have a stack of cardboard out back to use if needed from unpacking SUP's and other stuff.
They get commission on sales so it's a chance they say yes, but also maybe no.
I am 100kgs, 6ft 4inch - Will 177cm ski's be ok for me?
I can ski intermediate, but have always rented, so unsure what length works best.
Please help me decide, I was thinking of the 184cm's but they are pickup only in Queenstown, the 177cm can be shipped
177 will be quite short for you. If you're comfortably turning parallel on blue runs then you're going to find these hold you back from improving, and may even regress your skill. If you still wedge turn on blue runs then these will be okay for a short amount of time until you progress a bit more, but I'd still probably suggest just spending more money on a ski that fits you properly.
Measure from the middle of your ear to the floor. That's the length you'll likely be looking around as an intermediate, but it's okay to go above or below based on skill, where you want to ski, and your dedication to improving. An advanced skier for example may use skis from above the ear to above their head based on such factors. Think about how tall the skis are when you rent and you may find they either sit around your chin or bottom of your ear.
Width under foot needs to be considered too. A wider ski takes long to get on edge. Narrower skis are more agile and often have sharper turn radius.
Another one is stiffness. Soft is easier to turn and more forgiving, stiffer will respond quicker to movements but will feel more stable at speed.
So if you're renting the bare bones cheapest skis from somewhere and not the performance models, and are not a strong intermediate able to ride off-piste and starting to explore black runs, the ski I'm about to suggest may be a huge jump.
From what I can see available in your size and a similar price range, the 180cm Blaze can be shipped and would be a better option. These are 86 under foot (6mm more than the force Ti) which may be a large jump from your rental skis which are probably closer to 75mm. So your skill level as an intermediate and willingness to learn and improve may be a factor.
You will also need bindings to go with them (and T7 will mount for free)
You could pair them with these $360 bindings, the 90mm version:
Otherwise, it's worth just paying the extra money for a ski that fits you well. Head down to a local ski shop and talk to them about your skill and have them suggest some skis for you that you can compare.
Can I use ski goggles for Mountain biking?
or would it be too hot?
They work ok, my kids use for motorbiking ….depending on what you get some holes drilled into the frame add ventilation so it doesn't get too hot.
They're very similar but often with less light filtering and dual layer lenses to prevent fogging which isn't as needed on bikes, so if you mountain bike in a forest that get a lot of shade you may find the visibility isn't ideal if you don't get a lens that works well for your conditions. If there's one with the right lens and it's a big discount for you, go for it.
Ugh bought a tent that I did not need
If it helps I'll take it off your hands ;)
Are they closing Manukau store?
Bought semi-cheap gloves for the kids last year. They were meant to be snow gloves/waterproof. But their hands got wet and cold pretty quickly. I'm talking just mucking around making snowballs etc. So they were digging into probably semi wet snow. I don't see many gloves listing the 10k etc rating. Is there a spray on waterproofer that could work? COuld I think outside the box and get neoprene diving type gloves instead? Would glove liners or those instant hand heat pads be better inside gloves?
As an instructor who used to teach kids, nothing will keep kids hands/gloves dry except their own choice or ability to not put their hands in the snow. If they're really young your best option is to buy 2-3 pairs of cheaper gloves and swap them out during the day as needed, then dry them all at night. And hope that they grow out of them before they start falling apart because you bought cheap gloves.
Kids will play with snow without any thought of their hands getting cold and wet. Snow will get into the cuff and melt when they fall and they'll not remove it or say anything until their hands are wet and cold, they will suck on them, and they will hold onto snow so it melts in their hand. Nothing is truly waterproof except that which is not comfortable to wear - metal and rubber. And if it's not snow melt getting inside, it's the sweat that gets trapped in there.
Mittens are also warmer than gloves, so at least when they start getting wet, they'll retain a bit more warmth (also way easier to get on/off kids without the fingers turning inside out).
If the kids are old enough to understand this, you can invest in a slightly better pair that has a goretex liner and just tell them that either they can have warm dry hands, or wet hands. Either try not to touch the snow, or deal with the wet. When you buy more expensive gloves, the stitching is also important as it will be the thing that fails first - another plus for mittens which have less seams to tear.