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How To: Become the Guru of Gear

  • How To: Become the Guru of Gear
  • How To: Become the Guru of Gear
  • How To: Become the Guru of Gear
  • How To: Become the Guru of Gear

Sooo, I will admit I’m not a big fan of gear guides. I mean, I get them, instagram the cover to let people know I got them, and read them...but it’s Greek to me. When bro brahs talk about camber/underfoot/something ratios I yawn. Literally, out loud.

Each year most mags do a feature. Can you blame them? They get to ride and play with the new gear before anyone else, and then recommend it to you. It is a major part of the pre season stoke. New toys!

That part is fine. But those people writing about it, trying to convey knowledge and help the average buyer?
Right over my head. Lots of manufacturing specs, and language some of you know, but I haven’t had time to learn.

So if you feel the same, it’s ok. Pouring over those pages might not help you decide. So what do you do?

*I without hesitation trust the guys at Christy’s (ask for Charlie), Cole Sport (ask for Ryan Fray) and Jans. My friend Charlie gave us this tip: "If you are shopping for new gear on a budget, start with boots. Even if it chews up the majority of your budget, having that comfortable constant in a proper fitting ski boot makes all the difference." I couldn't agree more!

Locally we have fabulous shops that employ people like Ryan and Charlie, that speak the ski language. These guys have furthered my confidence, ability, and knowledge without making me learn the lingo.
Don’t ever hesitate to ask them a question. However, if they get too excited, they go toooooo fast. Don’t be afraid to ask them to slow down.

*Be true to yourself. Someone might say one type of boot is the only boot real men wear, but if your foot hurts, it’s not the boot for you. And that’s ok. The cheapest, oldest make and model might be what you really actually need.

*Go skiing. Demoing equipment when you come out here is brilliant. You don't buy a car without a test drive, right? Or, you wouldn't buy a car based on a review of someone else driving it, would you?

*Your goal is to have your gear “dialed in.” I thought I liked one pair of skis, until I skied my Rossignol s7s. They are perfect. I had a dumb helmet and goggles that totally didn’t fit my face, then I got the Smith IO goggles and Variant helmet. I am now DIALED IN.

*Go beyond the graphic. It is a particularly hard lesson for skiers to learn that the hottest, trendiest gear might not be waterproof, comfortable, or remotely the size of your head. It should fit and be functional. The cool factor has to be an afterthought.

*Be a type. You are one type of skier. You know it deep down inside. If you could only choose one more run for the rest of your life, what would it be? Buy equipment that suits that style.

You know what? Buying new ski gear should be the most fun thing you do all season. That new coat or pair of extra warm gloves might make your season. So don’t stress. Don’t get caught making a choice for the wrong reasons. Ski happy!

*Let it snow*
Powderhound Cat


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Aimee posted 1 year ago

I'm pretty excited to gear up and go play in the snow this year! Thanks for the tips!

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Mitt Romney posted 1 year ago

BINDERS full of gear! Information overload. Another tip I'll share is to hire your own personal ski gear tailor. If you can't afford one of those you can just keep buying new gear until you find the right fit/style and then take the gear you don't want and shelter it on others overseas. See you on the slopes!

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Barack Obama posted 1 year ago

Yes Mitt, you will see me on the slopes this year, for three reasons. 1 Utah has the best pow possible. 2 You will have all kinds of free time since you will not be busy being the President of The United States. And 3, i will not be busy being the President either, i'll be consumed by appearing on countless shows such as "the view", hanging out with all my my friends from Solyndra (they should be my friend i gave them 90 billion of tax payer dollars), getting patted on my back by vladimir putin, and when the little people complain about not being able to find work, i'll tell them "sorry G.W. was such a bad person", and give them a few more food stamps". Hey i'm the president, why act presidential when i can hang out with Clooney and or Madonna on the slopes all day!
I guess these poor saps should have elected Ron Paul, someone who actually cares.

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Scott posted 1 year ago

I don't know jack about skiing...except that the two times I've done it (once in Japan and once in Sweden--neither exactly meccas for the skiing elite) I loved it. So, as gear goes, I don't know where to start. All I seem to know is the that the only place on Earth I have any business skiing is Utah.

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