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This or Aldi’s?
This. $10 cheaper and you can avoid the usual 9am stampede at Aldi.
9am? more like 8am. There is nothing left at 9am!
they dont open till 9 on sat
@Oliver: You'll be late. Checked my locals, they all open 8.30am, with queues starting an hour prior.
Looking just at the breath-ability/waterproofing, I would pick Aldi's.
The $49 ones are rated at 5k / 5k (also no ski pass pocket on sleeve) while Aldi is at 12k / 10k.
Aldi has better value and their premium jacket/pants are 20,000mm waterproof Anaconda ones are only 10,000mm in the similar price range.
Getting wet is so unpleasant especially you are spending a fortun to ski/snowboard.
unless its raining
10k/10k is fine for Aussie snow fields
if its raining…well its going to be a sh!t day regardless
You're also not considering the slushy wet snow that we get in Australia as the temps heat up during the day and towards the tail end of the season.
Gloves, shoes and pants (knees and butt) often get wet when Alpine temps jump above zero and probably more important for waterproofing.
@AnneFagit: My thrifty recommendation is as follows:
Pants: Aldi premium $100
Goggles: copozz magnetic ($40-50 aud from AliExpress)
Gloves: kinco 1927kw from Amazon, with snowseal ($20+20)… it's full leather and outperforms $200 gloves, look it up on Reddit.
Jacket: Aldi premium
@aong152: I'd probably avoid cheap goggles. Often the same goes for sunglasses that may provide tint from visible light but don't protect you from other harmful light frequencies. The sun at the snow is especially dangerous because of its elevation and reflection off the snow.
@AnneFagit: The Aldi goggles are UV400 rated. Comes with the lenses too, S2 and S3.
@CVonC: Nice! I was referring to those copozz ones from AliExpress. At least with Aldi they have Australian regulations to control product quality. AliExpress less so.
aldi non-premium one is rated 12k mm. Is that good enough esp for Aus/Nz snow?
Are you a beginner? If so, you'll want 20k20k for just $50 extra. The Aldi ski pants are great, one day it was a snowstorm (so below 0c)… and everyone in our group got their pants soaked on except me (Aldi pants) and my mate ($250-400 Burton pants)
If you wouldn't ski in those conditions anyway, 10k is fine. New Zealand is drier than Australia, even 10k is ok there.
In Japan I used 5k pants and the snow is so dry I didn't get wet butt.
@aong152: Yes beginner.. likely to fall often. Got the 12k mm aldi this morning.
Ur post makes me wonder if i should upgrade to premium one 20k mm.. its $50 extra though..
Thanks all for advice. Seems best to try get the ALDI ones. Because of the water proofing is double and breath ability. Also only $10 difference.
Too bad about the 8am queues.
5k/5k would leave you cold and wet on Aus snow fields
Really? I would have thought that rating is good enough for skiing and would only leak in a flood or heavy downpour/blizzard.
Yes. I've used a 5k/5k before at Perisher and anything in my pockets was soaked. I didn't feel that cold though.
You really want 15k+ in Australia. For every other country, 10k is fine. 5k is only good for northern hemisphere where the snow is dry and temps are between -10 to -4.
How about nz snow?
what about just a warm jacket to wear around the house?
Get fleece or down
planning to go to snow mountain for daytrips.
Won't we get the jackets for rent?
is it cheaper to buy at aldi than renting if planning to use for 2/3 trips?
IMHO it's possible that renting a couple of times might save you a few $ vs buying new and then selling 2nd hand
But it's a lot easier to sell your twice-used gear on gumtree than queueing forever and trying on rental snow clothes
rent costs approx 30 for 1 day (cheaper for multiple days)
but you are going on different trips so its # of trips x 30
3x30 = 90
pants & jacket = 100
might as well just own it for the extra 10 bucks
if you really dont plan to go next season…sell it for 10 bucks to be even or a bit more to be ahead
also IMO pants are more important then jackets
not many people have waterproof pants in the normal closet, while unless its raining..you can get away with a windbreaker type jacket (with warmer layers underneath)
if your renting you're probably a noobie so you will be sitting on your ass most of the time
Only buy from them if you want to waste your time getting the incorrect product and then for that cheap price, you'll be spending 2 months trying to chase to correct product and will probably just give up and get a refund instead. A real bargain!
Why would you walk out of the store with an incorrect product?
I think he's talking about buying Anaconda stuff online and then finding out it's wrong size?
This is where the Aldi free-for-all comes in:
Some people apparently get 3 sizes of an item at the Aldi sale and, come back on Sunday and return the two items that were the wrong size
One ex-Aldi employee said roughly half the stuff comes back on Sunday
Ahhhhhh good strategy… didn't think of that!
Anyone know of a good place to buy ski gear. Online or physical store.
Last time I bought snow gear the aussie dollar was good vs usd and I got it all overseas
gumtree? Otherwise I think it's cheaper to rent..
O yeah but I'm skiing for the whole winter.
Well, then you probably know better and want specific stuff :-)
I try ebay first every time, but big brands (like nike) are often not there or much pricier, but still can be good start for search.
I use sportsdirect UK.
30% sale at Surfstitch is often pretty good. I bought a lot of gear from there dirt cheap when I was learning. Bought a new set of Dragon goggles just recently too.
I saw Female gore-tex gloves for 70% off retail with the discount code.
bit off topic.. when you rent (~$30), it usually comes with all the clothing needs, e.g. pants, jacket, boot, helmet, gloves, right?
if I only want to rent helmet or boot for example as I have the other stuff, will the rent fee be cheaper or it's a flat rate regardless what items i rent?
Dont think any place does flat rate for everything
some package it up groups of things together (hardware/clothing…boots are considered hard wear ) some don't but you generally pay for each piece of equipment
generally - helmets are extra
and gloves are never rented
google "jindyabyne snow gear rental" to get a general gist of it
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