Resource Buying ski/snowboard gear in Tokyo season 2016/2017

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  1. Sandy

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    ^^^ This.
    There's also other Black Crows skis that are wider and still light, with a straighter tail....

    Corvus in a 109mm:
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    Better profile IMO. But that's just my opinion.



    In any case, Ajmit asked me whether he should buy the Wailer 112 in Japan, and I told him to buy the Wailer in the US.

    This is a buying in Japan thread.
     
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    Wasn't your comment I was talking about there Sandy.
     
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    Yeah I know. The Corvus is closer to what he was after.
     
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    Yeah, just wondering which bit though.... ;)
     
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    Yeah I don't disagree but my point was based on the context of the response and Ajmits question.

    It does come down to personal preference. I ski both flat tail and rockered and generally only Pures for my own skis. Rockered is a more playful ski and more forgiving with a broader sweet spot. If we put a flat tail on a pair of W112's we'd narrow our skier profile as they would be a more difficult ski to handle with their stiffness.

    Mostly, I ski the RPC which sits in between the W112 and the Lotus 120. Plenty of drive on hard snow with less rocker & longer turn radius. As stated by race skier friend following me down the supertrail on a quiet day. Quote "Holy F*#K those things rail". Gotta get the length right too. She now owns a pair of Y112's.
     
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    Many thanks, great to know!
     
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    BTW, I picked up a pair of these in London Sports a couple of weeks back.... Just over $50 AUD
    In the dark brown, not tan. Sorel Kitchener Caribou:

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    What chance of those in size 12us?
     
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    I can look when I'm next in there, but sizes were limited.
     
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    Any little sizes for women? AU 5.5 or 6?
     
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    I will try to take some photos, but they had heaps of women's Sorels a week or two back.
     
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    Good buy for $50, but unfortunately Sorel are not what they used to be.
    Owned by Columbia, made in China (not Canada any more). A shadow of their former self.
    They used to last 10 years. But I suppose for $50.................just use, dump and buy again.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    How's the snow looking in Hakuba? Heading over early Jan and hoping that this year will be better, as I heard last year was not quite good.
     
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    I'm seeing nothing on AT bindings lower than around 50,000 yen.

    (I will also ask in one of my favourite shops next time I'm there.)
     
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    Plenty of smaller Sorels for women still available.
     
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    G'day Sandy, skier from Aus here. Thanks for putting this together. About to finish up a month in the Canadian Rockies and absolutely in the frame for some new gear before arriving in Myoko Kogen on Jan 5th. Early season terrain has gotten the better of me a couple of times already.

    I'm after a set of ~180cm+ powder or big mountain skis with bindings and some outerwear. Have you visited London sports etc recently and/or have an idea as to what deals they're doing atm? More than happy to buy old season or ex-demo stuff, particularly if it's 50-70% off as per your posts above. I pull into Tokyo on Jan 1st.

    Cheers
     
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    Have a look in Sports Crew. I bought some K2 Annex 108 184cm in there the there day, 35800 yen with bindings.
    They also have a lot of 2015 models for 60% off.
     
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    Lots of Aussies in the ski shop area today.

    London Sports has some top quality brands of gloves and mittens right now (often they are very run of the mill)
     
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    Hi Sandy, I have a slightly different request (a bit off topic!)
    I and a friend are going to Japan for the first time in early Feb 2017, going to Togakushi Shrine in Nagano, and Kushiro/Nemuro in Hokkaido.
    We won't be skiing or boarding, just nature walking.
    Since we will be in thick snow, we were thinking a pair of waterproof snow boots and snowshoes each.
    We are staying in Shinjuku so can easily go shopping in Tokyo, would love suggestions on the best 2 or 3 stores to go to.
    Since we are not prolific snow users and they won't get high-use back in AUS, cheap is fine. I wear a US 9.5
    I would really appreciate some buying advice!
     
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    Shinjuku is part of Tokyo ;)
    I'd catch the Shinjuku Line subway from Shinjuku to Ogawamachi station. The look in at London Sports, they will have suitable footwear there.
     
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    OMG!!!!!
    Sports Crew New Year's Day sale!!!!
    2016/17 models 50% off!!!
    Old season skis limited, 9800yen!!!!!
     
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    These are 9800yen:
    K2 Superbright 102, 174cm, 102mm under foot.

    - K2 Annex 108, 167cm. 108mm under foot.

    - Head MYA No.10, 181cm, 104mm under foot.

    - K2 Backdrop, 167cm & 181cm, 112mm under foot.

    - K2 Seth, 188cm, 118mm under foot.

    - Line Sick day 125, 192cm, 125mm under foot.

    - RMU Blue light special, 185cm, 110mm under foot

    - Atomic Atlas, 182cm, 115mm under foot

    - Black Crows Sevun, 191cm, 117mm under foot.

    With Marker Squire 11, it's 22,040yen
     
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    Hi Sandy, great thread - thank you for all your tips. I was wondering if any of the stores in Tokyo do snowboard boot rental? I am heading to Nozawa end of Feb so may miss the sales to buy new boots but thought it might be cheaper to rent in Tokyo than Nozawa.
     
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    I found the quality of the hire equipment, including ski boots, in Nozawa too be pretty good. Plus on the off chance there is a problem with the boots you want to have the convenience of being able to visit the rental shop to change them over; something you can't do if it's in Tokyo!
     
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    thanks Froff Life. Do you have a rental store you'd recommend? There were a few I found but the websites were limited.
     
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    Are you just renting boots?

    If you are going to be in Tokyo anyway then you might as well buy all the gear there.. it will be cheaper than hiring and buying later....
     
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    I used these guys once, pretty good gear: https://www.nozawaholidays.com/ski-gear-clothing-hire/
    and another mob that was next to the gondola, not sure of the name though.
    But as @Pelm1 mentioned, if you have every thought about buying your own boots, Tokyo would be the place to do it!
     
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    Yeah I had a pair of K2's and half the sole fell off last time I was in Niseko. I have trouble finding boots because I have a wide foot and a bigger ladies size (AU9.5, 10). Based on previous comments above I wasn't sure if I could find my size by the time I get to Tokyo in late feb...
    I only need boots, I have the rest of the gear.
    Maybe I should look in Tokyo to buy and if I can't find any, rent in Nozawa.
     
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    You definately should look around Tokyo . Our son scored new K2 boots the season before last which sold in Australia for over $500 for $200 (was season before model so on sale). Model = Maysis from memory? K2 as a brand seems really popular there, so there was a wide variety (and he has a really big foot).
     
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    Hi Sandy.
    First of all, thanks with all these scouting informations.
    I am a beginner snowboarder and will arrive in Japan early Feb. All the while i have been renting gears and this time im thinking to buy board bindings n boots for beginner since i plan to ride for 5days or more (Kusatsu n Zao).
    For cheap n good(build) beginner board (even past seasons models), is the Salomon Surface the only best bang for the buck now (being under 13kyen)?

    /not sure if there gonna be valentine sales lel
     
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    Hi guys, just joined and hoping for some advice.

    I arrive in Tokyo tomorrow night, will I be able to find XL or XXL size men's ski pants and jacket for a reasonable price or am I better off buying some in Sydney before I go?
     
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    These will be hard to find except in London Sports. Should still be able to find jackets, but pants will be harder.
    Those sizes were available more commonly in Nov/Dec, but safer to buy in Sydney, I think
     
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    Hi Sandy, i'm heading to Tokyo tonight and was wondering the best place to buy some women's ski. Maybe around 160cm? Also do you know if they sell faction skis anywhere?
     
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    Haven't see a lot of Faction skis...

    What sort do you want? (powder skis, or run of the mill shaped?)
    Try London Sports for a variety of run of the mill shaped skis, Sports Crew for heavily discounted powder skis. The shop on the left may have some Rossi Saffron 7 skis left for less than 20,000yen.


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    Thanks for the tip, I ran out of time this afternoon thanks to work but I've got my old pair to bring with me and hopefully I'm lucky at London Sports!
     
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    I saw some XL stuff at Vittoria Sports last year. Same street, so worth a look if your not lucky at London Sports.
     
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    Hi Sandy. I am looking at buying some skis & goggles on arrival, heading to London sports. Im Looking for some fun groomers that can handle Myoko conditions any tips? 5'9 92kgs.... My K2 90's are waiting for me at the lodge so I have them as well. The girl who speaks a little English helped my wife out with skis last year, they are perfect for her. Might just ask them to see what stock they have to suit me, any thoughts? Ive been a bit on the cheap in the past with goggles which ended with fogging issues. Looking at mid price...thanks in advance.. Looks like we will be there at the same time this year.
     
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    Sandy!
    The tips were super useful and the directions easy to find.

    I bought myself a pair of 160 Sassy's at Kanda Sports as they were 70% off and much cheaper than the Saffron (I'm not an advanced skier, and they are narrower at the waist, so more versatile??). Total including bindings and poles was ¥36,000. All fitted in 2 hours. The staff were really nice.

    What a bargain!!! They were a dream to ski on and heaps of fun (was worried the 10 cm extra length would be tricky but it wasn't).

    A shame the snow in Hakuba Happo was not as good as expected. Tsugaike and Cortina was awesome.

    Thanks for your help and advice :)
     
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    Hi Sandy ;)

    Was hoping to tap a bit of your always sage advice.

    Looking to possibly find some kids race skis in Japan next week. Preferably FIS approved or at least up at that level. Does this stuff appear cheap-ish in Tokyo?

    Hope you're well, Dark Lord ;)
     
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    Not so cheap, in general, but there should be sales in late Feb, and the place to go is ICI Race shop.
    I can have a look when I'm there next.
    What length, make and type are you after?
     
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    Awesome thread here... Have you ever come across any shops stocking Bataleon snowboards? What are most common brands for boards? Heading over in February this year.

    Thanks in advance
     
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    Type : GS (rossi make a 'multi-event')
    Length: ~145-150.
    Make: Not so fussy, but the main ones I see the kids on are Rossignol & Blizzard. Some Heads & Fischers.

    We'll be leaving early Feb, so might not be so lucky, but I'll have a look at ICI Race.

    Cheers!
     
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    I'll take a look next time I'm there!!

    :D
     
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    looooong time reader, first post. Thanks Sandy for the information you're posting. Very helpful.

    Going over in a few weeks and was hoping to pick up some Smith goggles. Do you happen to know if anyone stocks Smith?

    If I was not interested for short term holiday gear, but maybe jacket, gloves, pants etc to use over many seasons so not looking for the budget generic necessarily. would I be better off heading to the area near Harajuku Station e.g. burton? than the discount area ? Or is it all the same?
     
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    Also, do you happen to have a link to the area near Harajuku? When I look at the map and follow your directions from the first post it seems that Takeshita street is north east not south. Trying to figure out the exact location.
     
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    Yes, quite a few places have Smith these days, but not all. I can have a better look next time I'm there.

    I've noticed recently, that the shop at Harajuku is having a closing sale... Not sure how long that will be, or if it's already closed
     
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    Dropped into London Sports the other day, talk about packed! I picked up a neat little jacket for 11,700 that was 18,700!
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    Have a look at Kandahar (3-4 shops), they often have deals on brand name goggles. ICI Race shop also have discounted brand goggles.
    Your K2s should be ok for groomers.... how long are they?
    If you're after something a little wider and more suited to powder, I'd probably look at something around 95-100mm under foot, with a bigger rocker at the tips but not tail.
     
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    Hi, thank you for your advice. Ive purchased some Oakley canopy goggles here from a member. My k2 90 are 170cm. To be honest I think they are too much ski for me. Possibly lack of technique but they feel too long and heavy. I tried some smaller groomers at the end of last trip and had fun on them. Im not sure im up to powder skiing. A case of ability/experience over ambition..Quite happy to conceed to the groomed slopes of myoko. Im thinking along the lines of 75 -80. 160 cm.
    This will be our 4th Japan trip, 3rd to Myoko and looking like the best snow fall we have had. This is now giving me second thoughts on ski style. Not fussed on brand and priced around 35000 to 40000Y.
    Will be in Myoko from 5th Feb for 12 days.
    cheers