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  1. Hi folks Right now we are still planning on a trip over to Japan but wondering what to do re: luggage.... whether to take everything or rent out some skis when we are there. I know I want to take my boots but taking skis doesn't seem like something I want to do, esp. as we are spending some time in Tokyo to. And also if we rent hopefully we can try out some new modern gear. Well, newer than my current skis. Sound like a good plan or not?
  2. Which brands are supposed to fit big or fit small? Someone said Nitro and Thirtytwo fit big and Salomon a bit small. I found US size 13 Northwave slightly big for me and size 12 Ride, slightly small. So I thought size 12.5 would be good. Salomon are one of the few brands to make them. BUT on their sizing chart 12.5 = 30.5cms, which is the same as a 13 in Northwave and most other brands. I'm wondering how a size 12 Nitro or Thirytwo compares with a size 12.5 Salomon. Should I risk a size 12 Northwave, hoping it's a bigger fit than Ride? I had a pair of Ignios which described themselves
  3. Hi Ive been to Japan on three previous occasions for the snow, love the place hence me and my girlfriend are coming up to spend the upcoming season there. From my previous visits Ive always found the snowboard gear to be quite expensive if anything on par with the local prices in Australia especially in Hakuba itself with limited range. Ive spent a short time looking at snow gear in Tokyo in the snow shop area near Akihabara (forget the exact name of the district) and from memory it was cheaper than at mountains but nothing super cheap (when compared to say electronic goods), at least
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