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Hi everyone,

Just coming back to skiing after 10 years away from. I’m looking at buying a jacket, trousers, goggles the basics again. Where would you guys advise buying them from without breaking the bank?

Thanks for any help.

Tony
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@TonyNorthDevon, welcome to snowHeads! snowHead
You can get some great value clothes, gloves, goggles etc from Aldi and Lidl when they have their ski special deals, usually for about a week in the Autumn. As they are good value they often sell out within a few days, so keep an eye out on their websites, or even better here on sHs as people usually post a heads up when the gear is about to come into the stores. Smile
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Ah right. Okay that’s great thank you.

Tony
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@TonyNorthDevon, Also GoOutdoors and Decathlon, if there's either near you. Or for higher end stuff at big discounts try https://www.sportpursuit.com/ (you have to give them your email address, but they're very legit).
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Okay Tom I’ll give that a go. Thanks.
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There will be lots of sales on.
Tkmaxx can be good in the autumn
Sportsdirect can get branded stuff (nevica is now a a sd owned housebrand)
So really depends on your budget.

I have seen o’neill and nike ski pants at SD for under £20!
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Bloody hell under £20 that is cheap. I’ll keep my eyes open on sports direct thanks.
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Thered dare2b as well
https://www.dare2b.com/sale/mens/trousers/shop-by/activity/ski/
They used to have an outlet - well, sold via regatta outlet. I picked a pair of ski pants up for £5 to use on dry slopes.
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Cool. I’ll keep an eye on that as well thanks.
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You could try this place

https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/portstewartclothingcompany

They have a shop that we have used, never used the postal service though.

Got some good bargains on branded gear - Dare2Be, Regatta, Trespass etc.

But stay clear of the cheap no brand socks! Bought a 3 pack and one of the pairs had one two inches short than the other, but cheap as chips anyway.
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Haha yeah I’ll keep my eyes open for that. Thanks Ster
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@TonyNorthDevon, if you’re really at a loose end Regatta seem to have a slot on Ideal World shopping channel (don’t ask how I know).

Channel 22 on Freeview
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https://www.regatta.com/outlet/shop-by/activity/ski/gender/mens/
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Eh oh! I’ll take a look. Thank you.
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Some stuff is currently so cheap it's ridiculous on ebay. A lot of unused gear this year i guess.
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Having a gander right now. Thanks.
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@TonyNorthDevon, Dare2B, Trespass and Mountain Warehouse stuff is fine. In fact some of their higher end stuff is pretty good. I guess it depends upon how much skiing you are planning on doing in a year. Gloves, check out TKmax online around December time. You can get some real bargains there. You can add silk liners if your fingers do get cold at any point. Goggles, for me is one area not to cut corners. If you get cold or hot you can add more layers, open ventilation zips and/or take layers off. However, if you can't see where you are going in flatish light, the results can be a little more painful. Shocked Cool
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Recommendations on goggles. What should I be looking at?

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TonyNorthDevon wrote:
Recommendations on goggles. What should I be looking at?

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Personally I only wear goggles when it's snowing otherwise I wear sunglasses with different lenses depending on whether its sunny or cloudy.

If you are going to wear them all the team you will want to purchase a couple of lenses and want the goggle frame to allow for easy changing.

Either way the critical thing is they vent well and there are no fogging issues. I would imagine unless you buy really cheap most goggles are pretty good these days.

There is a lot of discussion over bad light lenses for sunglasses and goggles as there are a lot of different one's available and not everyone's eyes or preferences are the same.

I have some Oakley O Frame's XL (if you have a small/big head you this could matter for most I don't think it's an issue) with iirc Persimmon lenses purchased from Go Outdoors. I wear cheap (~£12) Bolle sunglasses that I bear from the likes of Tool Station (who list them as safety glasses).
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Snow and rock and house of fraiser have sales on.
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TonyNorthDevon wrote:
Recommendations on goggles. What should I be looking at?

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Well my preference is oakley with prizm lenses, but Smith and others are very good also. It's important that they fit well with your helmet, so you really need to ry them on together. Obviously, helmets and goggles of the same brand will be pretty much guaranteed to interface nicely.
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@TonyNorthDevon, Goggles are very much down to each persons eyesight/eyes and how they handle certain light and coloured lenses. I was crap in flat light. Literally hated it. I tried Yellow lenses; which a lot of people swear by; but found they were useless for my eyes. Also borrowed rose coloured lens'; again no good for my eyes. Then tried Oakley High Pink Prizm lenses and bingo, I could see enough detail to ski happily. I even wear them on bright sunny days, when most people would find them too bright. There are endless threads on here debating the benefits of certain makes and coloured lenses; but it really is down to each persons eyes. My advice would be to try other peoples goggles in various lighting conditions, including flat light and then buy a pair with the coloured lens(s) which suit your eyesight best. FWIW.


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@TonyNorthDevon, the one other thing I would say is more important than the make of clothing or even goggles, is, if you are serious about taking skiing up again, get your own boots. Nothing worse than boots that are crippling you or are too loose. Again there are loads of threads about buying boots on here; but the general consensus is, make sure your feet are comfortable and get your boots fitted properly.
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