Canadians: Need Cheap Gear?

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment Discussion' started by Keej613, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. Keej613

    Keej613 Guest

    Here's a list of places and links I've compiled for training partners at my school. People were asking about where they could get the least expensive gear possible. This is what I've found so far. (All prices are in Canadian $, all locations are in Canada.)



    *****SHOPPING IN OTTAWA*****

    ***Boxing Gloves (under 50$)

    16 Oz Everlast slip-on boxing gloves: 30-40$ at most Walmart, Canadian Tire, Sportchek
    http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/everlast-worldwide_1992_82368927


    ***MMA Gloves (under 40$):

    Century Martial Arts MMA gloves: 30-40$ at most Walmarts
    http://www.centurymartialarts.com/portals/0/Images/Products/14391-LG.JPG


    ***Headgear (under 50$):

    Everlast headgear: 40-50$ at most Walmart and Canadian Tire
    http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/titlesports_1994_134073198
    (In stores they have a yellow patch/branding like on the boxing glove posted above.)


    ***Mouth Guards (5-25$):

    Everlast, Brain Pad, Shok Doctor: 5-25$ at most Walmart, Canadian Tire, Sportchek, etc
    --Walmart carries Everlast/Brainpad brand for under 20$ (often under 10$)
    --Canadian Tire and Sportchek carry most prominent brands (Shok Doctor, Brainpad and other hockey-related brands)


    ***Shin Guards (under 10$):

    brand new / with tags / still in the package cloth shin guards (shin only; no instep): 8-10$ at Value Village (corner of Cyrville and Cummings)


    ***Compression Shirts, Dry Fit Shirts, Anti-microbial training apparel (under 40$):

    CCM, Athletic Works and other brands (similar to Under Armor): 10$-35$ at most Walmarts and Canadian Tire


    ***Athletic Cups / Jock Straps (under 6$)

    brand new / with tags / still in the package jockstrap with cup: 5-6$ at Value Village (corner of Cyrville and Cummings)



    *****CANADIAN ONLINE / MAIL-ORDER SHOPPING (Internet, Canadian Prices/Currency)*****

    Note: Merchandise from Aries Fight Gear ships from Kanata, merchandise from Gorilla Fight Gear ships from Winnipeg, both are extremely quickly)

    ***Shin Guards (18.99 - 35.99$)

    http://www.gorillagear.ca/index.php..._id=36&zenid=64415682f9ae73d34eec52858dbb9228
    http://www.gorillagear.ca/index.php..._id=95&zenid=64415682f9ae73d34eec52858dbb9228
    http://ariesfightgear.ca/muaythaigearca.htm (scroll to the bottom)
    http://www.bushido.ca/catalog/sub_c...code=SPG&sub_category_code=S03&index_number=2


    ***Hand Wraps (4-7$)

    http://ariesfightgear.ca/handwrapsca.htm
    http://www.canbox.ca/c267843.2.html


    ***Boxing Gloves (25-40$)

    http://www.canbox.ca/c267839p16712703.2.html
    http://ariesfightgear.ca/fightglovesca.htm
    http://www.bushido.ca/catalog/produ...PG&sub_category_code=S05&product_code=4370-08
    http://www.bushido.ca/catalog/produ...PG&sub_category_code=S05&product_code=4371-08
    http://www.bushido.ca/catalog/produ...PG&sub_category_code=S05&product_code=4372-08
    http://www.gorillagear.ca/index.php...s_id=9&zenid=64415682f9ae73d34eec52858dbb9228
    http://www.canbox.ca/c267839p16712643.2.html


    ***MMA Gloves (all under 50$)

    http://www.gorillagear.ca/index.php..._id=14&zenid=64415682f9ae73d34eec52858dbb9228
    http://www.gorillagear.ca/index.php..._id=12&zenid=64415682f9ae73d34eec52858dbb9228
    http://www.gorillagear.ca/index.php..._id=13&zenid=64415682f9ae73d34eec52858dbb9228
    http://www.bushido.ca/catalog/produ...TEW&sub_category_code=T01&product_code=4505-0
    http://www.bushido.ca/catalog/sub_category_product.php?category_code=SPG&sub_category_code=S04


    ***Headgear (35$)

    http://www.bushido.ca/catalog/produ...SPG&sub_category_code=S05&product_code=4308-1


    ***Mouth Guards (1.25$ and up)

    http://ariesfightgear.ca/mouthguardsca.htm
    http://www.canbox.ca/c267845.2.html

    I hope this helps the fighters who are on a budget!
     
  2. HEAVY GRAPPLER

    HEAVY GRAPPLER Brown Belt

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    I appreciate the effort, but isn't it a false economy to buy boxing gloves for $30, when they'll be useless in 3-4 months? At least that has been my experience with some of those brands.

    With the dollar at parity, it's easy to order from the US, and many companies will list it as a 'gift' even if you don't ask them to. It's great that you want to support Canadian companies, though - and some of gorilla's stuff looks really nice.

    Check out kofightgear.com and ssfgear.com for reasonably priced, well-manufactured gear. KO's gloves are cheaper than many you've posted and are made of leather, not everhide or whatever.

    Those WalMart rashies are a popular choice around here, too.
     
  3. Keej613

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    You're right; most of those links are for people who simply need the least expensive gear possible so that they can train at all.

    As for the Canadian $, the simple fact that it's at or near parity isn't enough. While some retailers will mark shipments as "gifts", most won't. This means that we often wind up paying up to an additional 50% of the merchandise total in shipping, duties or brokerage fees.

    Ex: On a 125$ order form Title MMA I wound up having to pay 57$ in fees from UPS / CBSA. :S
     
  4. Keej613

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    Mind you, one place in the US that sells at DIRT CHEAP prices and didn't incur any shipping/duties/brokerage fees for me was Zeepk Sports.

    http://zeepksports.com/
     
  5. evil_glove

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    did you use the canadian distributor they list in the web site? i think they actually do it through rival.

    I've never actually had anything get stopped at the border.
     
  6. GFG

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    i don't think rival stocks title gear they just take your order, and get it shipped from title to you. last i talkd to them they said that with shipping/customs it's not worth stocking it as they would have to jack up the prices.

    nice list- makes things easier to keep track 0f competitiors :)

    as for us we operate in the wholesale capitol of canada, so as of last year we started our greenhorn line of products to supply the demand for cheap gear in winnipeg. the price is cheap but the quality is not we still idn't ut an corners as our name is still on the gear. we should be adding a few more items to this line by the end of the year.

    mike - Gorilla
     
  7. GFG

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    also it's hard to provide cheap gear when your business goals are to provide quality, durabilty, and awesome customer service.
     
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    I have purchased some gear from CANBOX.

    Excellent Customer Service and you can pay COD if you live in Canada.
     
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    Ditto....

    If you want to order online, all Canadian orders ship from our Canadian warehouse. No duties, No Customs hassles and no brokerage fees... Can't beat some of the pricing that you had mentioned, but we sure can beat the quality on most. ;) All prices are in USD, but the CAD is practically at par, so you shouldn't notice a drastic change in the value.

    Alternately, please be sure to support your local MMA stores when possible. There are a ton of new stores popping up throughout Ontario and you should attempt to support the guys supporting the sport at a grass roots level whenever possible. Many of these local stores are always donating products to local gyms, sponsoring local fighters and even bringing in top level fighters in for training seminars in your area. Don't forget about them...

    Take care,
    Chris - Red Dragon Fight Company
     
  11. FullContact.com

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    If you buy from the US, you might also ask if the company ships any other route than UPS. We used to use UPS for shipping to Canada, but soon found out that it was charging your first born child to get your item. We've since moved on to FEDEX and USPS as we've been told it's CONSIDERABLY cheaper... FedEx is quicker and cheaper to ship, but I hear USPS duties and fees are next to nothing...

    Full Contact Outlet
     
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    Yah UPS is a joke when things come to Canada. When I order stuff wholesale it still kills me.
     
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    FullContact.com Yellow Belt

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    Are you actually located in Canada?
     
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    I like you already. Someone who not only pays attention, but actually gives a damn enough to do something about it. My first UPS experience was a hoodie from Everlast a couple of years ago. I ordered it from their website for $45 + $13 shipping. It arrived at my door and they required $94 to release it after UPS brokerage fees were applied.

    I called Everlast and they played ignorant. I would love to see UPS take more heat over these practices. I spread mud about them every chance I get.
     
  16. Mike MacDonald

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    Yes I am located in Canada.
     
  17. GFG

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    i got rapped by UPS on an exchange, they charged me almost $40 for me to accept a gi from a customer, i didn't even buy anything it was an exchange, but because there was value of the gi was higher then $39 they had to charge me that for brokerage/duties/taxes regardless.

    Mike - gorilla fight gear
     
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    fullcontact that's a wicked link thanks for posting it
     
  19. Centaur

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    Good stuff.

    I'd like to add:
    - BlindSide Gear

    Good gear, awesome Customer service. Everything for grappling, Muay thai, Cryo-gel, MMA and even some street gear.

    T shirts are pretty nice and only $20, Cryogel is $7, boxing gloves are $45 etc.

    Shipping is really fast too (first order was less than 3 days).
     
  20. FullContact.com

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    Sometimes you have to adapt... it's actually a little more expensive (roughly $5-$8 between cost and insurance) on this end to ship USPS, but most people don't mind paying a little more on the front end to avoid getting raped on the back end. A problem with a lot of the smaller websites (I speak with former experience here) is that they dropship from their supplier, and most of the time they [the supplier] only want to use UPS or First Class Mail. We obviously know the problem with UPS and First Class Mail is rediculously slooooooooow. Priority is somewhat the way to go, but outside of insurance, there's no tracking number.

    Trial and error my friends...
     

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