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    Renting armor in Whistler

    Can anyone tell me about how much it costs to rent armor in Whistler? I'm going this summer for a week and am debating buying vs renting. I can get the body armor, shin guards, elbow guards and a helmet for about $250USD. Should I buy or rent?

    I checked the bike park web site and they do not have rates posted yet. The web retailers seem to have pretty good deals right now so I am debating what to do. I assume the deals are becuase it is off season?

    Also, I assume the rental stuff gets pretty stinky. Could anyone confirm. I posted this on the western canada board and only got one response.

    Thanks in advance

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    I'd just buy... If you buy, you end up saving money, 'cause if you go back next year, you are basically even. And if you have trails at your home town, you might want to ride those, and need body armour, and nobody rents it except the larger resorts...
    'sides, if you're going to rent for more than a few days, I wouldn't trust the stuff, because its been used alot, and riding for a few days, its pricey for crap equipment..

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    the equipment they rent is really good (raceface shin/knee and elbow/forearm)
    sixsixone pressure suits and Giro Remedy helmets

    i rented my first year but then bought b4 last year

    its nice to have ur own stuff for trail riding etc, and if you ever go to a smaller resort

    if you found everything for 250, go for it

    as long as it's not stuff you won't want in a year if u get into DH

    at least invest in a nice helmet, preferably one that you've tried on

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    buy it and wear it at your home trails too
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Buy your own. Some of the dudes I've seen wearing rental stuff look like they could have cooties or whatever!
    Get over it!

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    Buy!!!!!!!!

    I rented a full face second day at whistler. the cost was reasonable.
    I think its much easier to deal with your own equipment however.
    The place I rented from wanted me to return it each day.
    The time I spent renting and returning the helmet could have been spent on one more run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xscream
    I checked the bike park web site and they do not have rates posted yet. The web retailers seem to have pretty good deals right now so I am debating what to do. I assume the deals are becuase it is off season?
    Keep a close eye on ebay, you can pick up GREAT deals on armor.
    Buy a helmet locally if you can though, you want to get one that is comfortable, so you might need to try one on first.

    Search for armor in cycling, and knee in helmets and protection.
    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...e=search&fgtp=
    http://sporting-goods.search.ebay.co...tsearchZSearch

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    buy it cuz youre never gonna know when you find that sweet jump/drop near home and you dont have the pads to do it (or at least do it w/some sort of security) I have used my full face+armor more @ my local trails than on DH runs. definitely buy it!!!

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    I say buy the stuff. Internet deals are easily found!!! And as SMT said, "wear it at your home trails too."

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    Buy it: my wife rented armor and pads up there and it STUNK. I mean S-T-U-N-K, stunk. Imagine the love of stewing in someone else's juices in stifling 85 degree heat, while trying to figure out how to ride in unfamiliar gear. Buy it, get it dialed and good to go at home, and bring it with. You will be much better off.

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    Rent it. Pick up some sort of new form of Hepatitis and if your lucky, you may get to name the new disease

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    D O N O T R E N T ! ! !

    When I went last year I'm glad I brought my own helmet and pads.

    Just walk in to any of the bike rental places and you'll think you were in a morgue. It smells that bad, especially by where they store the pads and helmets.

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    I can "TASTE" the stench. Thanks for the nasty mental image!

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    I rented equipment in Whistler, and came home with gonerea. Or maybe it was from the cougar I hooked up with?

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    Would you rent underwear? Buy new, sell it after. You'll probably break even.

    Whistler in the summer is either hot and dry (sweat factory) or monsoon and muddy (mildew city). After a summer of hitting Whistler most weekends, I can hardly stand my own stuff (even after washing it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim F.
    I rented equipment in Whistler, and came home with gonerea. Or maybe it was from the cougar I hooked up with?

    "I went to Whistler and all I came home with was gonorrhea"

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    Quote Originally Posted by NS-NV
    Would you rent underwear? Buy new, sell it after.
    The real question is, do you buy used underwear?

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    Thanks for the input, and a good laugh. I think I'll buy, I don't need to bring home any new little critters!

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