Where are Canadians buying their tuning tools

Discussion in 'Tuning Techniques and Tool Information' started by awesomeame, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. awesomeame

    awesomeame At the base lodge Skier

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    Hi all

    Where are Canadians buying their tuning/waxing tools? I've been looking online, and the prices stores charge up here seems to me offensively expensive for what you get. Do these items ever typically come on sale?

    Matt
     
  2. Jilly

    Jilly Lead Cougar Skier

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    My stuff came from MEC and the local ski shop.
     
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  3. WheatKing

    WheatKing Ice coast carveaholic Skier

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    mec / corbetts / sportchek / amazon / aliexpress

    That about covers it. And ya.. prices are stupid..
     
  4. Deadslow

    Deadslow Booting up Skier

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  5. Jilly

    Jilly Lead Cougar Skier

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    Kundstat's in Ottawa.
     


  6. pile

    pile At the base lodge Skier

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    All good recommendations so far. I'll give a another nod to Sidecut. Their stuff isn't cheap but it has been worth it for me.
     
  7. Slasher

    Slasher Booting up Skier

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    Ditto
     
  8. hbear

    hbear Out on the slopes Skier

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    Ski shop, Sidecut, Tools4Boards, Corbett’s is great with no fee shipping. Skis and bikes often has sales. Surprisingly Sporting Life is making a huge dent in race supply around here....ridiculous selection and still has racer pricing. Their clothing clear outs are crazy good....basically blew out all their sync gear at cost. Ditto with Spyder and the like.

    Tools4Boards carries Briko/SVST stuff and based in Calgary....thy supply into MEC so you will see the Roto brush there. A good ski shop is a godsend and can bring in nearly anything at a good price.

    Some times Tognar and racewax still come up ahead after duty, FX and shipping.

    Right now I’m 95% local shops. Unless they can’t help (e.g. with a Snowglide).
     
  9. scott43

    scott43 Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Sporting Life actually does decent prices.. I know the bicycle retail world a bit and they do a pretty good job on price. They make their money on fancy clothes, not on hard goods I don't think. And they have a good selection of hard goods, not everything, but good stuff.
     
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  10. graham418

    graham418 Out on the slopes Skier

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    Kuu Sports is Canadian. They have a good selection at the Skis and Bikes in Mississauga
     
  11. François Pugh

    François Pugh Out on the slopes Skier

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    I try to support my local ski shops, because I like having local ski shops.
     
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  12. mdf

    mdf entering the Big Couloir Skier

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    Kuu makes good stuff. I'm surprised it is hard to get.
     
  13. hbear

    hbear Out on the slopes Skier

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    Soft goods is where all the margin is for sure. Makes sense, no different than the golf world or any other similar sport.
     
  14. SkiMore

    SkiMore Booting up Skier

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    +1 for Sidecut. Very high quality feel when you get the tools in your hands, and the owner Chris is very accessible for providing tips and information.
     
  15. jzmtl

    jzmtl Intermidiot Skier

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    If you have a specific model name in mind, ebay can also be a good source.
     
  16. rmcintosh

    rmcintosh Booting up Skier

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    If you are near Toronto you can go to Kuu Sports and by direct. I have done this in the past. They are on the east end of the city not far off the 401.
     
  17. Cdninak

    Cdninak At the base lodge Skier

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    +1 for Sidecut. Especially like the file and diamond stone guides. The round diamond stone is nice that you can rotate it and get fresh section easily and replaceable pads are available when they’ve wore down.
     
  18. Castle Dave

    Castle Dave Putting on skis Skier

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    Vancouver Ski and Board Services.
    http://www.vanski.ca
    Been around a long time and only do tuning, nothing else. Very impressive if you get a chance to visit there operation
     
  19. JohnnyG

    JohnnyG Putting on skis Skier

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    I've never had good experiences at the one in Ottawa unfortunately.


    I'll second Jilly's Kunstadt recommendation for anyone in or around Ottawa, but I don't see anything listed on their website for tuning tools. www.kunstadt.com
     

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