In a tradition dating back precisely zero years, the UK is in the grips of Cyber Monday. Retails are falling over themselves to discount the stock that nobody wanted to buy for the other eleven months of the year and, of course, people are going nuts for it.
While Cyber Monday is focused on electrical goods, like mp3 players, tablets, games consoles, and love eggs, the action sports market is, as ever, fully represented. Where technology has permeated this corner of the globe, deals can be found just in time or Christmas.
We’ve search the internet to find you the best possible bargain so you can consume from the comfort of your desk without the risk of actually having to deal with another human being. Apart from when Ray from accounts comes around for his late-afternoon scratch, but we cant do anything about that we’re afraid.
Roastsignol Heated Skis – £336
Although met with ridicule when the concept was first announced, the Roastsignol (see what they did there?) heated skis have been popular on the slopes for a few seasons now.
A speech activated element in the skis, turned on when the wearer says “Hot ski’s go!” (although there is a much more boring on/off button just behind the binding), heats to a constant eight degrees. This melts the snow directly beneath the ski just enough to decrease friction, in turn increasing acceleration.
Of course, they also makes life slightly more pleasant should you find yourself carrying your skis without gloves on a frosty alpine morning. For one day only, you could bag a pair while stocks last for just £336, down from £480.
TescoPro Action Camera – £33.99
The supermarket giant recognised that the GoPro-dominated action camera market was fertile money growing land, so launched their own mini-cam at the end of 2013. It’s a super-budget option for people wanting to capture their action sports antics on a shoe string.
It may lack some of the features of some of the higher-end competitors, but the no-frills cam comes complete with removable sun shield, a rugged aluminium outer shell, a quad-screw helmet mount, and complete SCART compatibility, so need for all of those low-fi filters.
Although already cheap, you can pick one up today for £33.99, including the 15 per cent Cyber Monday reduction. Bargain.
LED BMX – £175
For the very same reason that Usain Bold doesn’t run in light up LA Gear trainers, these LED BMXs are much more of a fashion accessory than actual tech gear. That doesn’t stop them being massively popular with younger BMX riders, and they’re set to fly off the shelves this year.
Their popularity will no doubt be aided by the fact that their price has been slashed for Cyber Monday by £25, which makes them a much more palatable £175.
While riding an LED BMX wont, in-and-of-itself improve your riding, we certainly don’t see how it’ll hinder it any either. And if they help you be seen in the dark, then they’re going to be worth the money. You’ll be safe from cars, if not safe from ridicule.
Holland And Barrett Eel Cream – £4.20*
* bulk purchase required
Although not widely used outside of the climbing community, the good folk over at Holland & Barrett have slashed the price of their Eel Cream. Never heard of it? Neither had we until we started hunting for bargains.
The cream is made from the spine of elderly eels, after they’re retired from use by the NHS Heamotology departments. Although the eel has long since deceased, the spine retains a tiny amount of electric charge.
When ground, and mixed with other, much more scientific sounding stuff, a cream is made that can be applied to muscles when in training for long climbs. The hundreds of tiny electrons still stored in the cream flex the muscle, increasing the amount of lactic acid build up that can be endured during an ascent.
To get the H&B discount, you’ll have to need a few tubes. Loads, in fact. A single unit remains £7.50, but a box of 24 will set you back just £100. So club together with 23 friends and nab a tube each for just under £4.20 each.
Lidl Parachute – £600
Not strictly a Cyber Monday deal, just a bit of a bargain that happens to have fallen the same day. The German retailer Lidl are famous for selling every day items ant bargain prices, and now it appears that they’ve got their hands on some not-so-everyday parachutes.
Normal ‘cutes can cost anything from £1400 and up, but Lild have theirs on sale for just £600 which, if you’re willing to give it a go, is a massive saving. However, you do have to ask yourself, with anything that’s as life-and-death as a parachute, do you really want to be scrimping on price?
Stock is extremely limited, and many agencies are saying that all stocks have already gone, but if you’re lucky, you could bag a bargain. All you’d need then would be an Aldi Altimeter.