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View Poll Results: Personal Preference Gear Poll
In Store 1 11.11%
Online 2 22.22%
In Store fitment - Online Purchase 6 66.67%
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:42 AM   #1
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Default Personal Preference Gear Thread

1.)Do you guys prefer to go in-store to purchase your gear, and pay the higher markup for the benefit of getting it that day, and making sure it fits?


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2.) Do you prefer to buy online at usually a cheaper price, and deal with the returns/exchange process that's involved if it doesn't fit?


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3.)Or are you more keen on trying it on in store, and then looking elsewhere for a cheaper price once you know it fits?


Just curious on what everyone else does. With Amazon being as big and fast growing as it is, I'm going to guess most people do 2 or 3.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:04 AM   #2
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Depends. If I can find exactly what I'm looking for local at a sale price, give or take, I'll get it then. Now #3 is usually what happens.
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Boots, gloves... I tend to try on, as the fit is much more important to me. It's not just the fit though, but things like where the seams fall on my hand for the gloves, or how the boots flex and feel at different angles.

Pants and jackets I have no issue with online only. My main set was second hand. The new pants I have were also second hand never worn. I've used em once.

Helmets - last two I ordered online (or wife did for me) based upon sizing, and specific specs I wanted (like internal flip down sun shade). Happy with the purchase, but realized my head is at that size where the med is a hair tight, the large is too large. /sigh Most helmets don't fit as well as I would like.

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You need an all of thee above in the poll
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:36 PM   #5
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My helmet I ended up getting from a shop in Winnipeg... apparently I have a rounder head than anyone else in my city - lol. Boots from a local dealer - jacket was a Kijiji find and pants a smoking deal from the Pacific Northwest on eBay. The more critical stuff you really need to try on - the rest not so much
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I usually buy in a store for the reason you might expect....trying things on. With some care in reading and checking sizing, I have also bought things online. I've been lucky and have yet to have to return/exchange anything. To me, the number 3 choice, shopping & trying things on etc. in a store and then finding it online cheaper is just wrong. In my opinion it's unfair to the brick and mortar retailer and in the end, when there are no more stores left that will be the end of any kind of service. If anything, try to build a good relationship with the parts/accessory/riding gear staff and see if they'll get close or match "mail order" pricing.

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Depends on the situation, so all of the above for me also.
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I agree with lake_harley. I mean, I like deals and cheap prices, don't get me wrong. But I feel a need to try some things on, especially gloves and helmets. The last set of gloves I bought, along with my 2nd to last helmet, I bought at the dealership. The guy at the parts desk gave me a discount because I bought my first bike there, and I was also buying parts. I like to support the local stores that have stuff for me to try on for the very reason that I like to have local stores to go try things on at. Honestly, I wish there was a larger store with more variety for me to try on. My last helmet though, I just ordered the same helmet I had previously, but with a different graphic scheme because it was on sale and I already knew it fit great.
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