Sponsored by Oxygène
For a long time it has been possible to rent certain products that you need at a given moment (like whilst you’re on holiday) but don’t necessarily need to have lurking around all the time. Things like skis, boats and bikes. Well now you can rent your ski clothing thanks to Oxygene Ski School.

is an established, family-run ski school in the French Alps, predominantly in the resorts of the Tarentaise Valley but now also in Megeve in the Haute Savoie region. For the last 25 years they have also run 2 ski hire shops (in La Plagne and Val d’Isere) so aren’t strangers to the rental game. They know that it’s a personal choice whether to rent or buy your equipment, after all renting isn’t for everyone. To work out whether you would be best suited to renting or buying your ski clothing for your holiday this season read on and consider the following questions.

Is it your first time skiing?
If the answer is yes, then hiring your ski clothing is a no-brainer. You don’t yet know if skiing is going to become a passion so why would you splash a load of cash on clothing you might never wear again.

How often do you ski? If you ski once a year ask yourself, is it worth buying a ski outfit for it to sit in the wardrobe for the other 51 weeks of the year? In this case it will actually be cheaper for you to rent an outfit each year than to own one. If you ski three or more weeks a year, you are more likely to benefit from buying your own clothing as you will maximise the wear of it.

Are you fashion conscious? If you are, then renting could be for you as you can guarantee you will always be wearing the new season’s styles and colours on the slopes.

Do you like shopping? If the answer is no, then renting is the solution. Even if you do like shopping you may not have time to browse all the ski shops to find your ideal outfit.

Do your children keep growing? This is a common problem. Children grow out of their ski clothing almost every year and hand-me-downs can get damaged, lose their waterproofing and their desirability. 

Do you have space to store your ski outfit?
 If you live in a small flat or suffer from a lack of wardrobe space then renting makes sense. If you live in a mansion or have a walk in wardrobe then you probably have the space to store multiple ski outfits.

Do you have enough space in your suitcase? If your suitcase is bursting at the seams or you like to travel light, renting will save you space. If you are one of those people with a tardis suitcase, buy your gear and get packing!

Do you want the most technical kit on the market? Good waterproof and breathability ratings and other features such as snow skirts, goggle pockets and wipes and headphone ports are highly desirable in a ski outfit (find out more about waterproofing and breathability ratings on Oxygene’s blog). For technical kit, it’ll be cheaper to rent than to buy, that’s for sure.

The price of hiring ski clothing from Oxygene starts at 59€ per week for children and 89€ per week for adults for a ski jacket and ski pants combination. With 2 ranges for men and ladies from Volcom, Scott and Dare2b and a colourful range for children from LegoWear and Dare2b, why not hop onto Oxygene’s website and consider renting your outfit rather than buying this winter?


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