Affordable start-up ski gear ideas

Discussion in 'New to Skiing?' started by Tricia, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. skibob

    skibob Out on the slopes Skier

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    I was going to mention Kinco too. An instructor turned me on to them years ago. I was skeptical, but they were cheap. Holy cow! The only downside is I needed to buy some lighter gloves too. Not just for spring skiing, but for 35 degree days because the Kinco are SO warm.
     
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  2. quant

    quant Just go down. Skier

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    Gloves: KINCO can't be beaten for the price. The pigskin is stiff and it takes a while to soften, but you can't beat the price. Also, Free the Powder has factory seconds for $39.95. That is a lot of glove for the money.

    Goggles: Much of the optical industry is largely owned by one vertically integrated company, the Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (Lenscrafters, Oakley, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, Sunglass Hut, Ray-Ban and a whole lot more). One unknown brand Luxottica owns is Arnette, and you can find Arnette goggles on eBay and through SnowDealsNow for as low as $19.99 with replacement lenses for $6 or so. These are the equivalent (IMHO) of $75 - $100 goggles that fit my family's Carrera, Bolle and Briko helmets without gaps. Not the best lenses, but very good lenses at a great price for models a few years old. I skied with a pair this spring and believe Arnette is a great value.
     

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