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Five tips for buying cheap ski & snowboard gear

Looking to save a few quid on your ski or snowboard gear this coming winter? We hear you. Whether you’re looking for some new outerwear, boots, or those all important extras (GoPro anyone?), it pays to shop sensibly and spend a bit of time looking around before flashing your hard earned cash.

Here are five ways to save money on your winter sports essentials.

Shop last season

Brand spanking outerwear does not come cheap, so unless really care about looking like the flyest guy or girl on the hill (or at least the richest guy or girl on the hill) then shopping for last season’s gear is a no-brainer. Heck, gear that’s new now is going to be out date in a few months anyway.

From a technical point of view the old gear is usually just as good as the new stuff, or exactly the same in most cases, it’s usually just the design that changes. When it comes to buying gear, last is by no means least.

Cashback sites

Cashback sites like Quidco offer anything from 1% up to as much as 10% cashback for purchases made online. There are a bunch of winter sports retailers listed on Quidco, offering cashback on everything from holidays to hardware.

All you have to do is sign up, click the link to the retailer’s site before making a purchase and boom, free monies. Check out our 10 reasons why we’re loving Quidco post for more info.

TK Maxx

TK Maxx may not have much of a reputation for being at the cutting edge of winter sports apparel, but what it does offer is cheap gear by the lorry load. Not all of it is great, granted, but if you’re willing to put in some time sifting through the aisles of mis-matched jackets and pants then there’s every chance you’ll find yourself a bargain, often from well known brands too. You’ll need to time it right too, because they only have their winter stock on the rails for a short window – once it’s gone, it’s usually gone.

Amazon

Everyone’s favourite go-to shop, Amazon.co.uk can be a goldmine for ski and snowboard gear, particularly where accessories such as helmets, bags, gloves and tech are concerned. If you’re looking for a new pair of skis or a snowboard then you’re always better off going to an experienced retailer, but for everything else it’s worth a look.

Buy second hand

Yup, you heard. A lot of people turn their nose up at buying second hand ski and snowboard gear but providing you know what you’re looking at, it’s an option that can save you some serious coinage. Check out our 10 places to buy second hand snowboard gear online post for further advice (relevant for ski gear too!).

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Matt B

Snowboarder | Cyclist | Rookie SUPer