As part of our ongoing cross-country ski series we’ve talked about a few things you need to know before purchasing gear and heading up to the mountain. Today we’re going to talk about equipment, more specifically where to find used Nordic ski equipment and give away some equipment (keep reading).
There are many advantages of going with used equipment over new, especially if you are a novice or on a tight budget or you simply would like to save equipment from the garbage. Until I got serious about racing all of my equipment came from the annual ski swap or a second-hand gear store.
The first thing to know when shopping for equipment, new or used is what you are looking for and more specifically your sizes. We’ll get to types of equipment and sizing next week.
The second thing to know is where to shop. Here are a few of our favorite ways to find used cross-country ski equipment.
- Join a local ski club, get to know the members, and ask around to see if anyone has any equipment they are looking to get rid of.
- Talk to ski shops, rental places, and ski areas to see if they have any demo or rental skis that they are willing to sell.
- Check out garage sales, consignment stores, thrift stores, e-bay, craigslist, used gear shops, ski-swaps, and online gear boards. You might have to sort through some clutter (both in person and online) but if you’re looking for a deal you’re bound to eventually find one.
- Talk to your skier friends and family and see if they have gear to sell or if they will help you spread the word within their community and social media sites about what you want. “Single male, 6’2, 175 pounds in search of waxless touring skis for a long term relationship”.
- The price, don’t get hosed. And for those of us old, worn out racers we need to be honest with ourselves. We may have paid $400.00 for that pair of fast skis, added bindings, and a lot of kick ass wax but if they are 10 years old and the bases are scratched we can’t expect someone to purchase them for $300.00.
- The condition. Where have the ski’s, boots, bindings, poles been? If they’ve been well-loved (abused) how much time and money do you want to put into repairing them?
- The fit. More coming soon on fitting XC ski equipment.
And if you’re like me and in danger of becoming a hoarder because of all the equipment that you can’t seem to part with, think about taking the plunge and passing it on to someone who can use it, abuse it, and love it.
And if you’ve got a piece of equipment, any outdoor equipment that you’d like to pass along to someone else, send me an email with a description of the equipment, price, and a photo or two and we’ll promote it on our blog and social media sites to help connect you with someone who may want your used gear.