Aldi Ski Gear in on Thursday!

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  1. jonandshell

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    Yes it seems to be the first Thursday in December usually doesn't it. Figured it would be next week.
     
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    I was quite impressed with their new pro range last year. Apparently it is 10k waterproof and breathable.
    I find my old jacket a bit heavy by modern standards so might give an Aldi one a try. I have had an Aldi one in the past and it was absolutely fine.
     
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    Bought an aldi one last year been fine
     
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    Looks okay but not a patch on the doggie Christmas Jumpers......... £3.99
     
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    I am a believer in the buy cheap buy twice maxim. I prefer Sportpursuit.com
     
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    Surely a branded jacket at 10 times the price, made in a similar Chinese factory, will not last 10 times longer?
    Besides, most are unfashionable within 5 years these days!
    What about growing kids?
     
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    Interesting perspective. Every time I've been tempted by Sportspursuit items, I've found cheaper prices elsewhere.

    Aldi stuff may be cheap but a lot of it is very good value and good enough not to need paying twice.
     
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    On recommendations by regular skiers who buy Aldi stuff and cant recommend it enough as good value and fit for the job I will be getting sum of there gear .
    bill
     
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    The jacket is fine I think its their better range but still cheap. Also bought a lot of kitchen stuff cheap and good quality. I don't think cheap and por quality always go toghther neither does expensive and good!!!.
     
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    I've got/have had both. I prefer my expensive kit but don't rule out TK max they have great deals on more classy jackets at a bargain price.
    Aldi stuff ain't all ways the best
     
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    The last time I went into TK Max I was staggered by how much of a con they were trying to pull. Their MRRPs were grossly inflated and the "sale" prices were just as much as normal prices elsewhere.

    I asked to buy a bike light set that was reduced from £18 to £9 because the front light was missing. I told the cashier / manager that I could buy the whole set for £10 elsewhere but would pay £5 for the incomplete set (I really just wanted the handlebar mount) . They declined, saying that someone would buy it for £9.

    They do have some good deals but not as many as they would have you believe.
     
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    Yes it's like anything...you have to sort the wheat from the chaff
     
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    I wonder how many top of the range clothes have been brought only for people to gain weight and the items hang in a wardrobe never worn again. If it was a cheaper range not so much lost, or another size could be brought.
     
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    I've got some friends that buy top of the range cycling stuff and have to replace it because they have lost weight. Even though I tend to wear Aldi cycling gear, I'm still faster than them in thir expensive gear ;)
     
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    My initial comment was actually based on the £7.99 goggles - the headliner on the Aldi site. Over the last thirty plus years I have seen a lot of folk buy cheap goggles and then wondered why they fogged up all the time rendering them useless. Now I wouldn't spend £300 on a set of Oakleys but I would spend £40-£80 on a half price pair of Smiths, Cebe, Anon etc. My current Smith goggles are twelve years old so have done at least 30 weeks skiing, they cost £50 in a half price sale in one of the clearance shops on the way in to Bourg.

    The clothing side doesn't really affect me as I work in the outdoor industry and get trade prices (1/2) on Berghaus, ME, Rab etc - in fact the only one I can't get is Rohan which is annoying as that's what I like most!

    But what I would say on the clothing front is two things:
    • Where it is put together is important to me, it may be in the far east but does the factory have ethical standards in place? The brands I use do, I doubt if the Aldi ones do.
    • When putting technical clothing together it is the fabric used that determines how the clothing performs, I would place a degree of scepticism on the claims made for the "Pro" range, on the other hand Goretex and eVent are independently tested. I also know through using the kit it works.
    Don't get me wrong, I haven't always been a gear snob - I've used the kit from Millets and the Army Surplus stores, but I have learned over time that you do get what you pay for.

    And as to things going out of fashion, I kill my kit out well before five years is up, good ski clothing should be suitable for general wear in the hills and dog walking, not for a couple of weeks a year on the slopes.
     
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    You are right, it all depends on frequency of use. I wish that I would wear out ski equipment but that won't happen for a long time.

    As for being a gear snob, I like quality outdoor stuff and have Berghaus, Rab and non-fashion equipment from North Face but also wear Regatta - their soft-shell trousers and jackets are a 1/3 of the price of other makes and it works well enough for me. Also, I don't get too upset when I get another scorch mark from camp fire embers.
     
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    Registering with Sportpursuit.com was the worst thing I have done.
    I only wanted to browse the prices, but no, all I get now is constant junk in the inbox from both Sportpursuit.com and job persuit.com.
    They are going straight to spam now.
     
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    Or alternatively you could use the email preferences setting to only get information about skiing sales and on a weekly basis rather than daily.
    Cannot comment on job.pursuit as I never getting any emails from them - presume there is an unsubscribe option rather than fill your spam folder?
     

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