The Gear You Need to Enjoy the Ski / Snowboarding Season

Skiing and snowboarding can be expensive. Even if you already own the equipment, you need gear to help you stay warm and dry on the slopes. As well, as styles and tech are constantly changing, you may want to update your ski/snowboard clothing more often than not.

If you’re looking to get your hands on quality winter sports gear without spending a fortune, Kijiji is the answer. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect sports equipment and clothing.

Second-hand clothing

The best place to find good quality (and cool!) second-hand ski and snowboard clothing is online. There, you will find thousands of items of all colours, sizes and styles, just about anytime. By searching for items based on specific characteristics, you’re sure to find your dream ski or snowboard jacket, pants, gloves, or boots. Before purchasing an item, make sure to ask the seller about size and fit, especially if you’re building helmets. When searching online, also keep an eye out for sporting goods swaps as those can be a great place to find quality gear for affordable prices.

Consider borrowing gear

Borrowing from friends is a great way to find good stuff to wear, especially if you’re just planning on using it once. If you don’t know anyone that you could borrow from, consider talking to hotels or ski resorts – they often have equipment available for rent. Make sure that you put your name down well enough in advance so that the right sizes aren’t taken when you arrive.

Look for the right features

You want to go for clothing that comes with a waterproof coating, quality insulation, sealed seams, and a powder skirt. You’ll need thermal underwear and multiple layers that are waterproof and windproof, while being pliable enough to allow freedom of movement. These features will keep you warm and dry, while stopping the snow from getting in. If these features don’t appear on items priced within your budget, try the wide variety of amazing and stylish goods available second-hand and ask the seller for details. You can get more for your money this way.

Consider the timing of your shopping

Shopping for items post-season is another way to save on new skiing and snowboarding gear. Try to buy after the skiing/snowboarding season has concluded or is about to begin, preferably in March or September, when stores want to get rid of unsold inventory. Prices are likely to be lower at these times, allowing you to find better deals.

It can take a little research and patience to find good quality snow gear that’s light on your budget, but it can be done. Just keep an eye on deals by consistently checking Kijiji for items that are right for you!

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