Gear Buying Guides

Buying a set of skis, a snowboard, surf or outdoor gear? Need a helping hand to make sense of the huge range of products available? Then you've come to the right place. Our buy guides take you through the styles we stock and the tech that goes into them, helping you to find the size and spec that you need in no time.

Ski hardware

Ski Hardware Buying Guides

Ski buyer's guide

We'll cut through the jargon and show you the different styles, what they're best at, and which you need.

Ski size guide

Your style of riding, ability level and the type of ski all have an influence on the size you should buy, but let our size guide point you in the right direction.

Ski boot buyer's guide

A comfortable pair of boots can be the difference between your best and worst days on the hill - let us help you make the right choice.

Ski binding guide

Find the balance between performance and safety with our ski binding guide.

Black Crows 2019 Range Rundown

Take a look at our overview of the Black Crows 2018/19 ski range to compare and contrast and find the right ski for you.

Snowboard hardware

Snowboard Hardware Gear Buying Guides

Snowboard buyer's guide

Do you know your freeride from your freestyle? Your camber from your sidecut? Allow us to guide you through.

Snowboard size guide

There's a lot of personal preference involved, but we can help you to narrow down the huge range of sizes available.

Snowboard boot guide

Buying boots online can be a tricky business - let us show you what to look out for.

Snowboard binding guide

They're all the same, right? Wrong! A good set of bindings is key to getting your set-up just right.

Snow outerwear, apparel and accessories

Snow Outerwear and Accessories Buying Guides

Snow outerwear and layering guide

Find out about the different types of outerwear available and how to build up a system of layers that'll keep you comfortable in all conditions.

Snow glove and mitten guide

Get the lowdown on ski and snowboard gloves and mittens, the different styles available and what to look for when choosing a pair.

Ski and Snowboard Helmet Guide

Find out how to keep that brain safe with our helmet guide. Everything you need to know to get the right size, fit and features.

Oakley goggle lens guide

Oakley make some of the best goggles in the business, with a huge range of replacement lenses for all conditions. Find the best one for you.

Oakley Flight Deck and Flight Deck XM Comparison

What's the difference between the Oakley Flight Deck and the XM? We run you through the key points to consider.

Anon goggle lens guide

Burton offshoot Anon offer some of the coolest looking and best performing goggles and lenses out there. We've put together a handy guide to help explain the range so you can make the right choice.

Dragon goggle lens guide

Dragon Alliance have been producing high-quality optics since 1993. Check out their 2018/19 range for some seriously good goggles.

Backcountry Touring and Mountain Safety

Ski Touring Gear Buying Guides

Avalanche safety gear guide

If you're leaving the piste, let alone the resort, then you could be in danger of avalanche. Find out about the gear you need to keep you and your buddies safe.

Touring skins buy and care guide

Want to know what to look out for when buying a pair of ski or splitboard climbing skins, and how to care for them? Check out our guide.


Outdoor Gear Buying Guides

Sleeping Bag Buying Guide

What’s the best sleeping bag for you? There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a slumber satchel, so jump into our buying guide and make sure you’re comfy on your next camp out.

Sleeping mat and camp pad buy guide

Useful info on what to look for when choosing a new sleeping pad or camping mat, including an explaination of R-values and insulation.

Therm-a-rest comparison table and buy guide

If you're looking for a new camping pad or sleeping mat, Therm-a-rest could provide the ideal choice. Find out what to look for with our handy guide.

Tent buying guide

Not sure which is the right tent for your outdoor adventure? Read through our handy tent buying guide.

Backpack Buying Guide

Not sure which backpack is right for your trip? We'll  give you a rundown of things to consider so you can make an educated choice.


Surf Gear Buying Guides

Wetsuit Buying Guide

Check out our rundown of all things wetsuits.

Patagonia Wetsuit Buying Guide

The ins and outs of Patagonia's eco-conscious Yulex Wetsuits

Surf Fins Buying Guide

Don't know your Futures from your FCS? Need help deciding on the set-up and fins for you? No worries. Have a read through our fin buying guide.


Stance Sock Buying Guide

Stance Socks Guide

Don't know your Trek from your Training? We guide you through the wonderful world of Stance socks.