Your Guide to Buying Kids Skis & Snowboards in Toronto/GTA

Buying your kids skis or snowboards this year?

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Buying local is always better when it comes to purchasing action sports equipment. This is because the person running your local shop is guaranteed to have a wealth of experience, knowledge of your sport, and will always have the best products on hand. As well, local shops often offer equipment exchange or buy back programs,

During these times, local business have adapted how you can shop safely with them. Here’s a list of local business who will be happy to help set you up for snow camps this year.

The Sign Toronto

The Sign Toronto is a family owned business dedicated  to their long tradition of quality customer care. They carry the best brands in winter sports, and work hands-on with each partner to ensure each item we carry is the highest quality and fit. Their team members are all trained to answer questions accurately about every brand they carry, so they can find the right solution for you.

Location: Midtown Toronto
Address: 2794 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2J2
Phone Number: (416) 488-2118

Ski or Snowboard?: Ski

The Sign Toronto Buying Guide

Website: thesigntoronto.com

*Beginning Monday, November 23, The Sign Toronto will still be open for business with a series of accommodations to meet all your equipment and clothing needs. Please call or email thesigntoronto@gmail.com with questions and to book a personal appointment.

BOARDSPORTS 

Location: East York
Address: 105 Vanderhoof Ave, East York, ON M4G 2H7
Phone Number: (416) 485-9463

BOARDSPORTS is Toronto’s premiere board sports supply shop.  The staff at Boardsports are always excited to get people out riding, and want to make sure you’re safe and comfortable doing it. You can conveniently shop for kids snow gear online on BOARDSPORTS’ website, and call the store if you need assistance. They ship items Canada-wide, and within the continental United States. They also offer Free Canada Post Expedited Shipping on orders over $99.99 within Canada! In their snow section, you can find kids gear underneath the gender category, labeled as “youth”. There are SO many awesome deals going on right now at BOARDSPORTS, head on over to their website to check it all out!

Ski or Snowboard?: Snowboard

Website: boardsports.ca

*Beginning Monday, November 23rd: To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and in accordance with Ontario Provincial Government Lockdown Regulations, the store is temporarily closed to the public. The tentative reopening date is Monday December 21st. As usual, orders can be placed (and paid for) online or over the phone. Orders will ship, or curbside pickup (at our backdoor) is available during store hours. We process online orders for curbside pickup very fast (typically within 1 hour).

Sanction Skate & Snow 

Location: Thornhill
Address: 330 Steeles Ave W unit a1, Thornhill, ON L4J 6W9
Phone Number: (905) 738-8644

Sanction is proudly Canadian. Independently owned and operated by people who love skateboarding and snowboarding. Since 2008 Sanction has worked tirelessly to provide the very best customer service, selection and experience to customers. Their staff will be stoked to get your kids on a board!

Ski or Snowboard?: Snowboard

Website: sanctionsnow.com

Station Ski & Ride

Location: Markham
Address: 227 Main St N, Markham, ON L3P 1Y6
Phone Number: (905) 471-7547

Station Ski & Ride is your local world class source for all things Ski, Snowboard & Clothing during the Winter season. They pride themselves on product knowledge and quality, and on providing exceptional customer service and expert support. Station Ski & Ride staff has over 25 years in the Ski industry and the whole team has a passion for Winter Sport.

Ski or Snowboard?: Both!

Website: stationskiandride.com

Corbett’s

Location: Oakville
Address: 120 Speers Rd, Oakville, ON L6K 2E7
Phone Number: (905) 845-1561

Corbett’s Ski & Snowboard is an incredible Oakville storefront and online retailer offering a remarkable selection of kids skis & snowboards, and so much more. They also offers a junior exchange program, giving you an affordable way to let your children’s winter equipment keep up with their growing skills. Corbett’s has listed their new health and safety policies here on their website, in order for you to prepare for an in-person visit for sizing. Otherwise, buying your new snow gear is super easy on their amazing, user-friendly website. 

Ski or Snowboard?: Both!

Website: corbetts.com

Gates & Boards

Location: Barrie
Address: 580 Bayfield St, Barrie, ON L4M 5A3
Phone Number:  (705) 721-4653

Gates and Boards is a family owned and operated independent ski and snowboard shop, located in Barrie, Ontario. They are recognized as an industry leader, offering the latest world-class ski and snowboard products and expert customer service for over 20 years. The staff at gates & board would love to assist you with all your ski, snowboard and winter lifestyle needs. They also offer a junior equipment 1/2 back program.

Ski or Snowboard?: Both!

Gates Barrie Buying

Website: gatesandboards.com

 

We wish you all the best in gearing up for snow camps. If you ever need more guidance with buying new gear, don’t hesitate to reach out to info@evolvecamps.com and we will be happy to help point you in the right direction. 

GoPro Announces Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session and More!

GoPro Announces Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session and More!

Monday was a HUGE day for GoPro as they held a launch event at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Northern California. CEO Nick Woodman announced two new cameras and a drone to be released by the end of this year. The Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 Session will both come out October 2nd, while the GoPro Karma Drone will arrive shortly after on October 23rd. In addition to the new hardware, a cloud-based subscription service was also announced to go along with the devices, called GoPro Plus.

Shared highlights of both new cameras include being able to capture 4K video at a max of 30 frames per second, electronic image stabilization, voice control in seven languages and water resistance out of the box up to 33 feet without a housing!

Here’s a few other highlights from what was told at the launch.

Hero 5 Black

  • 12mpx photos
  • 2-inch LCD touchscreen
  • Built-in GPS
  • Can capture RAW photos and Wide Dynamic Range video
GoPro Hero 5 Black will go for $399 USD on October 2
GoPro Hero 5 Black will go for $399 USD on October 2

Hero 5 Session

  • 10mpx photos
  • Same ultra-compact display-less form factor as original Session
  • Offers many of the same features as the HERO 5 Black as noted above
The Hero 5 Session will cost $299 USD
GoPro Hero 5 Session will cost $299 USD

GoPro Karma

The Karma Drone will be available for $799
The GoPro Karma Drone will be available for $799
  • Compact foldable drone that is able to fit inside a backpack
  • Two joysticks and a take-off/land button
  • Built in flip-up touchscreen on the controller
  • Can fly with the new Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session, and Hero 4
  • 3-axis gimbal at the front of the drone that stabilizes the cameras for smooth footage
  • Gimbal can also be removed from the drone for handheld use
  • “Karma Grip” handheld stabilizer that has buttons able to to control the camera’s shutter, modes, and the angle of the gimbal
  • $1099 with Hero 5 Black and $999 with Hero 5 Session

GoPro Plus

This is a definite game changer for GoPro as editing and sharing has never been made easier. This cloud-based subscription service allows the the cameras to automatically back up footage and photos while charging. It will first be released in the United States on October 2nd and will cost $4.99 per month after a free trial. Come January 2017, GoPro Plus will be released in additional markets.

A GoPro Plus subscription also unlocks additional premium benefits:

  • Access to an Expansive Library of Music Soundtracks for Editing
  • 20% off Mounts and Accessories at GoPro.com
  • Exclusive Access to GoPro Apparel
  • Premium Support

What a great day of announcements for GoPro! These would be pretty sweet to use for the upcoming season at our snow camps, wouldn’t they?!

Get your gear at Evolve Skate Shop!

Located at 69 Wingold Ave in Toronto, Ontario, Evolve Skate Shop has a variety of skateboards, scooters, and related equipment for sale. Come in any time from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm if you want to check out the products that we have to offer.

If you’re an Evolve camper, we’ll hook you up with a discount! Come in and talk to us about it, or give us a call at 416.619.4521.

Skateboards

If you’re hoping to buy a new skateboard, look no further. We have completes available, as well as decks, bearings, wheels and trucks from brands such as Mini Logo, Bones, Bro Style, Havoc, and more. Here’s a few of the skate products that we have available:

Evolve TO Complete

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Comes with 139mm trucks, 53mm wheels and ABEC 7 bearings along with our 7 ply hard rock Canadian Maple board. Only $99.

Mini Logo Black/White Trucks

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These are high-performance trucks combine strength, stability, and smooth turning in a lightweight package. They can be yours for $60.

Bones Reds Bearings

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These are high-quality, high-performance bearings that will last you a long time! You can pick them up for only $25.

Scooters

If skateboarding’s not your thing, don’t fret! We also offer several different pro scooters for you to shred.

MGP VX4 Pro – Blue

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The MGP VX4 Pro Scooter is a great entry-level trick scooter. MGP are known for quality, and this scooter is no exception. Currently going for $140.

MGP VX4 Extreme – BlackEvolve-Black-Scooter

This is Madd Gear’s premium complete scooter. This is an intermediate/pro level scooter, strong enough to meet the demands of heavy riding. At $300, it’s more pricy than some other models, but you get your money’s worth in quality.

 

We also have a variety of clothing (hats, shirts, etc), equipment (Pro Tec helmets, pads), and tools available.
If you can’t come into the shop, feel free to visit the Evolve Skate Shop website. There, you can view full product listings and order your gear online.