Buying snowboard clothing online is a little different from just simply walking into an extreme sports store off the street. You also don’t have a loved one or a family member eyeing the fitting up and down and offering their two cents worth on how your outfit looks and the choices they would make if they were buying for themselves. Hey, now I know why I’m buying online right?
True enough. If you’ve decided to make your purchase online, you don’t the ability to try your garb on, look into a mirror to make sure it all fits snug, bend down to make sure the pants don’t grab your crotch and that the get-up matches your personality and style.
Buy hey. What the heck. Lots of people buy ordinary casual and working clothes online nowadays. Why is that? The main reasons are convenience and time-saving. These days, many people just simply can’t seem to find the time to pop out from work or fit clothes buying in on their cherished weekends when there’s so many other things competing for our time starved attention.
Is that a good thing you ask? Perhaps not, but it does speak bucket loads about our frantic modern-day society where we always moan and groan that we’re so time poor and can’t find the time to do all things we used to. This then begs the question, why should buying snowboard clothing online be any different?
Now, if you’re like me you can probably identify with the scenario painted above. Does that stop me from going to the shops to see what’s on offer? It can do and unless it’s something really important (health or family related for example) I’ll often put it off.
What I do try to do though is pay a whistle-stop visit to a reputable clothing store (department store for casual or work clothes) or an extreme sports store (if I’m in the market for board shorts, ski pants, knee guards, crash helmet etc) on my way home from work and quickly try on a range of different brands and styles of clothing to get a general feel for their quality, fit and comfort. Once I’ve done that I then have a general idea for the sort of things that I prefer but don’t have to make up my mind right on the spot.
Once I’m armed with this information I usually come home, put it to one side and get on with all the other things I need to do (kiss wife, say hello to the kids, open up the bills, open up more bills, find more bills the wife neglected to tell me about, kick the dog etc). Later on, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that night, I’ll find some spare time and log onto the Internet to check out all the online deals and special offers for those who, like me, prefer to buy their snowboard clothing online.
You see, I’ve got this down to a fine art and it works for me. As mentioned, I’ve already been to the stores and have had a first hand look, smell and feel for the sort of snowboard clothing that I like and the brands that I prefer (North Face, Burton, Billabong, Backcountry etc). I also recently measured myself because I put a few pounds on last winter and want to make sure that all the garments I want to buy will fit properly. Now, armed with all of this good information, I go on the net and track down the best suppliers of snowboarding gear that I can find. Once I’ve been to a few of the top sites I’ll then short-list the best ones to do a price comparison.
Most stores that sell snowboard clothing online will offer you a discount either directly or through a coupon code. I don’t think I’ve paid full price ever for any of the snowboarding gear I’ve bought online over the years. If you haven’t purchased from an online store before it’s just a simple matter of setting up an account and filling in a few boxes to get your order underway.
If you’ve got an account already established then the shopping experience is plain simple. Seeing that you’ve checked out the brands and styles of clothing you like and you already know your chest, arm, waist, in-leg, shoe size and head circumference it’s a matter of clicking on the exact item of clothing you want and adding it to your online shopping cart. The online store will display the product’s price and is usually accompanied by detailed information such as its availability (whether it’s in stock or on backorder), manufacturer’s product code, material composition, any relevant standards that the product is made to, country of manufacture, warranty, return and shipping details.
Proceeding to checkout and paying for your product is usually very straightforward and easy. This is the point where you usually plug-in your coupon code or voucher number so that you don’t get charged the full amount. Most online stores use secure socket layer (SSL) encryption so that if you’re paying by credit card you can rest assured that your financial information is not available to any online hackers. If the online supplier has provision for paying by Paypal (like I often do) the online transaction is redirected to an “arms length” payment processor and is guarded by a myriad of fraud and scam protection policies and procedures that Paypal have in place to protect both buyers and sellers alike. This makes for peace of mind online buying which I like and has been one of the reasons I continue to purchase many other things online as well.
A few days later I get my parcel delivered straight to my door with all of the gear I purchased nicely packed and labelled. I always go over the shipping docket just to make sure I got what I ordered. I haven’t been disappointed yet.
So there you have it, a nice, quick, clean and easy purchase that hardly took any time at all. The key here is to do a little bit of homework upfront. Know your critical size measurements to begin with (you just might need to revisit them occasionally if you’ve had any changes in body proportions) and have a quick look and see at the local mall or extreme sports store when you’re on your “way from” or “way to” something and you have some spare minutes up your sleeve but not a long time to ponder. Then, once you’ve had a chance to assemble your thoughts and not be rushed into a snap purchasing decision (which you can do if you’re traipsing around the shops with the whole family in tow and they want to go here, there and everywhere) simply go online to your favourite online snowboarding stores, do the price comparisons, make a choice and order.
I know that lots of people would prefer to browse and take their time in making a decision and completing their purchase at a “bricks and mortar” store. After all, this is the traditional way of buying, particularly if you can spare the time and are not rushed. However, if you’re like me, shopping for snowboard clothing online can be a real time saver when you’re armed with the right information to start with and you need 36 hours in the day. This is the way I prefer to do it and more often than not, get a special discount to boot.