As we begin to stash our wakeboards, water skis and other summer gear for the season, it’s time to make sure we have the essentials for winter ready to go. Pull your winter apparel, hats and gloves out of the closet, unpack your skis and boots from storage and get it all prepped, cleaned and waxed.
A little early for that you say? No way—in some parts of the country snow can start falling as early as October or November and you don’t want to be caught without key gear or freshly tuned skis. On top of that, fall is the time to find deals on last year’s gear.
Your local shop is usually a good choice when you have questions about gear and fit, but if you know what you need online outlets are another option. Here are a few trusted online retailers that offer great gear and incredible deals.
One of the best known sites for reasonably-priced outdoor gear, Backcountry stocks brand names at great prices. It’s not hard to find a deal, and with free shipping on all orders over $50, guaranteed returns and a price-match guarantee, you can’t go wrong. Be sure to check Backcountry’s sister site too—Steep and Cheap is a flash deal site (currently featuring a pre-ski season sale) where you’ll find some crazy deals.
Tackling everything from snow sports to water sports (and even a few land-based sports too), evo carries discount gear in both their “shop” and their “outlet.” With free shipping on all orders over $50 and a lowest price guarantee, this online retailer is the perfect place to find some gear for the upcoming ski season.
Flash sales and regular promotions help gear heads save big on this popular site. The homepage features the hottest deals, along with a timer featuring an expiration date on the sale. Although you have to consciously time it right, which means watching the website, the deals are generally well worth the wait.
Set in Michigan, this classic outlet store packs in all kinds of sports gear and apparel, but pay special attention to the outerwear offers, as they tend to be great deals. With great off-season deals, free shipping on orders of $50 or more, a price-match guarantee and—most impressive of all—a lifetime return policy, Moosejaw Outlet is a top option.