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Where to buy cheap ski equipment

I need to purchase some ski equipment (pants, gloves, goggles). I am currently living in Zurich and I was thinking of going to either somewhere in Germany or Milan to do my shopping as I heard it was cheaper and also check out the country for 2 days while I am there. What do you guys recommend?
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Re: Where to buy cheap ski equipment

Save yourself the journey and go to sport fabrik in volketswil. The only thing I wasn't impressed with was the selection of goggles,, but the selection of jackets etc available and prices were amazing
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Save yourself the journey and go to sport fabrik in volketswil. The only thing I wasn't impressed with was the selection of goggles,, but the selection of jackets etc available and prices were amazing
Hmm, I am planning to head to Milan this weekend. Is it generally cheaper there?
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Re: Where to buy cheap ski equipment

Not specially cheap, i would give a try to any sport shop like Athleticum, SportXX, from the business perspective the season is over, and they do a great sale offer to no store all the winter stuff.
However you can have a look in ricardo or in the EF Market to find your equipment
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Re: Where to buy cheap ski equipment

Agree about the normal Swiss retailers - as far as they're concerned, it's end of season, and they're reducing to clear.

Coincidentally, I picked up a new ski jacket today from Aldi (their INOC range), 129 down to 79; but even better, my wife bought a labelled snowboard jacket for our daughter - original price 279, reduced to half (139), and then sitting on a 50% rack - so she paid 69 ...... from SportXX.
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Agree about the normal Swiss retailers - as far as they're concerned, it's end of season, and they're reducing to clear.

Coincidentally, I picked up a new ski jacket today from Aldi (their INOC range), 129 down to 79; but even better, my wife bought a labelled snowboard jacket for our daughter - original price 279, reduced to half (139), and then sitting on a 50% rack - so she paid 69 ...... from SportXX.
I also found the matching ski trousers on Saturday (they didn't have any when I previously bought the jacket); 99 reduced to 49 - so full set, worth 228 and only paid 128 ..... and it's not crap gear, either: windproof, waterproof (5000 whatevers), breathable membrane, sealed seams, and lightweight, soft material with internal snow bands.

I've used the jacket, already - but it was a super, sunny day and I was far too warm - will have to lose one of my internal thermal layers.
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Re: Where to buy cheap ski equipment

Hello,

in Sport Fabrik in Volketswil you will not save much money... supposed to be an outlet but actually the discount is pretty ridiculous.

I advise you, look for the clothes that fit you and try them out in any store nearby, there are many in Zürich. Once you found the model and sizes you want, order them online from Germany. Well known shops are www.sport-conrad.com (Germany) and www.camp37.ch (this one, although being .ch and sending from Switzerland, is a German based company, pretty cheap).

Just my two cents.
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try them out in any store nearby, there are many in Zürich. Once you found the model and sizes you want, order them online from Germany.
This is a wonderfully economical short-term solution.

Long-term, you destroy the local economy as the shops that you exploited will be forced to close. Not clever.

Please have the decency to
- either try *and* buy locally
- or order online
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This is a wonderfully economical short-term solution.

Long-term, you destroy the local economy as the shops that you exploited will be forced to close. Not clever.

Please have the decency to
- either try *and* buy locally
- or order online
What's so special about the local economy again?
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What's so special about the local economy again?
It's the one that makes sure you can find everything you need, when you really need it, where you need it. And it's close by when you have problems, particularly useful with ski equipment.
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Re: Where to buy cheap ski equipment

Alpine outlet at Landquart is worth a look when they have end of season sales on, especially their "one left on a rack".

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Nike ski trousers Chf80 down from Chf280
Quicksilver Goggles, Mens snowboard jacket, Kids snowboard jacket on a 3 for 2 deal Chf100 the lot, I was damn stylish and warm last week for the first time in years!!

Great deals on kids stuff as well but there normal outlet prices are okay but not great.
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Re: Where to buy cheap ski equipment

We have bought plenty of stuff at the Sport Fabrik in Regensdorf (winter and summer stuff), every time with a significant discount.
They also have these boxes at the entrance with some clearout things (last time e.g. ski boots for 50CHF, all the well known brands.

This is interesting too for ski equipment, Otto's outlet in Sursee.
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Re: Where to buy cheap ski equipment

Hope it's not too much off topic -
Affordable snowboard shops around Basel (including Germany)?
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Hope it's not too much off topic -
Affordable snowboard shops around Basel (including Germany)?
Really bad selection near Basel, and affordable is relative. What are you looking for?

The only store that I remember off hand with a decent snowboarding selection (well.. in some respects) is Follow Me Store at the Lörrach railway station. I wouldn't call them affordable, but then again I was looking at splitboards, which seem to be pretty exorbitantly priced in general.
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Really bad selection near Basel, and affordable is relative. What are you looking for?

The only store that I remember off hand with a decent snowboarding selection (well.. in some respects) is Follow Me Store at the Lörrach railway station. I wouldn't call them affordable, but then again I was looking at splitboards, which seem to be pretty exorbitantly priced in general.
I'm in search for something like snowboard+bindings at <=200€/CHF
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I'm in search for something like snowboard+bindings at <=200€/CHF
OK, Follow Me is probably geared toward more pricey equipment, might still be worth checking for sale packages if you happen to walk by.

The Freiburg sports stores in Altstadt might have something more along those lines, and they are also having a sale right about now. I tried to find the particular one I mean on google maps, but the Germans managed to legislate all sense out of street view - can't be sure. You'd have to wander around the area of Grünwälderstraße / Kaiser-Joseph-Straße and spot the couple of board stores there, or search for more online.
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Re: Where to buy cheap ski equipment

Top Market at Zurich Binz https://ssl.hostpark.net/topmarket.ch/cms/?page_id=74

They have some good stuff on clearance sale at the moment. Snowboots from Sorel, half price and lots of mens and ladies models. I picked up a pair for 55chf rated to -40c and completely waterproof. Oh, and leather. Basically the same as these, barring colour and tread pattern http://www.sorel.com/mens-caribou-wo...4#pg=2&start=2

They also have some cool skiing jackets and pants from a company called "Nitro". They have a "Pioneer" collection which are the top of the range with really technical fabrics (20'000 waterproof and 20'000 breathability), and I paid 80chf for a jacket and 70 for a pair of pants. They use 37.5 materials which are among the best in the business http://www.thirtysevenfive.com/
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Re: Where to buy cheap ski equipment

Does anyone know if any of the following chains have winterspots sales on at the moment? (like today): Athleticum, Baechli, Sport XX etc?

I'm not in Zurich and these places above are fairly easy to get to in the evening.

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Does anyone know if any of the following chains have winterspots sales on at the moment? (like today): Athleticum, Baechli, Sport XX etc?

I'm not in Zurich and these places above are fairly easy to get to in the evening.

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Yes......dunno about Bächli tho, but they always have the warehouse bit going on
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Re: Where to buy cheap ski equipment

I ended up going to Milan. Got ski pants and goggles for about 32 euros at Decathon. Quality seems decent so far... At that price I can't really complain! They also have gear for every other sport and it's very cheap. I have Gleib 7 so the round trip to Milan only costs 18 euros.
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