Winter Sports Equipment Buying Tips

Winter sports like Hockey and Skiing can cost quite a bit more than summer ones. Beyond the registration fees, quality equipment like helmets, pads, skates, skis and even snow pants and gloves can come with a large price tag. But there are ways to save money and stay active this winter, whether you’re hopping from sport to sport or just want to give snowboarding a try for the first time.

Benefits of Buying New Sports Equipment

Wear and tear of sports equipment is inevitable, and the thought of having to buy new equipment can be scary for the budget-conscious. Still, with return policies if the equipment isn’t quite right, warranties in case something breaks, and a wide selection of brands, buying new definitely has its advantages. You just need to know how to make the most of the slightly higher price tag, compared to used equipment.

  • Look for buy one get one (BOGO) offers. Larger retailers are usually able to make this kind of offer and if you need to buy a few pairs of runners or even a backup hockey stick, this is a great way to save some cash.
  • Keep an eye out for clearance items. Just like cars, when the new models roll in, the previous years’ are sent to the clearance aisle. Sure, they may be last year’s models, but that doesn’t always affect the quality of the item.
  • Look for email & newsletter discounts. A lot of companies offer discounts for newsletter signups, which you can also unsubscribe from at any time.

Buy Used & Save Money

Buying gently used sporting equipment is the perfect way to recycle, get what you need, and keep your frugal conscious at ease. Just be cautious of the seller — items like helmets and skates can pose a serious risk of injury, depending on their condition.

Used sporting goods stores have an abundance of new and used quality winter items to choose from, and they rotate their stock seasonally. And you can sell or trade in any equipment you’ve outlived.

Once you’re all geared up, read 8 Awesome Ski Resorts in Alberta & BC. You’ve gotta test out your new gear somewhere!

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