While water skiing was officially created in 1922, water sports really didn’t catch on in popularity until the 1960’s. Since then, people have been discovering the joys of boat-pulling aquatic sports with new equipment being constantly created. Our new online water sports store review helps direct enthusiasts to the best stores online, assisting them in finding the latest equipment at the best price possible.
Online water sports stores have become a booming industry for several reasons, from customers not wanting to drive to the store’s brick and mortar location to simply not having enough time. Exclusive web-only specials and clearances also make shopping online for water sports equipment more attractive than ever. Better choices regarding selection and sizes make shopping online for your next slalom ski or towable a stress-free affair. On this site, be sure to read articles on water sports, as well as reviews of our top-rated sites to help you find the best store to meet your needs.
When choosing online water sports stores, be sure to make note of the criteria we used on our matrix which assisted us in ranking the sites. Do they sell more hard-to-find water sports equipment like wakekites? Do they provide shipping discounts on bigger orders? Here’s an overview of the rating criteria we used to rate the top online water sports stores:
There’s much more than water skis to be found among our top-rated sites, even though water skis are still the top-sellers for most of these stores. We looked for slalom skis, combo skis, junior skis and trainer skis when compiling the water ski portion of our inventory list. In addition to water skis, we looked for wakeboards, kneeboards, wakeskates, wakesurfers, wakeskis, wakekites, towables and barefoot equipment.
Accessories are also an important part of our inventory criteria. Bindings for both water skis and wakeboards were included, as well as handles, tow ropes, gloves, life bests, buoys, pylons, wetsuits, drysuits and apparel. Everything you need for a satisfying and safe water sports experience, whether you elect to ski or board, is included in this always important rating criteria.
Other than having a well-stocked and well-rounded supply of water sports equipment, which includes all the necessary and apropos accessories, a quality online water sports store should also have a variety of site features; extras that make shopping on their site a hard to beat experience. Here are the site features we included: catalog, gift cards, specials, discount codes/coupons, product reviews, advice/tips and sizing charts. Make sure the site you choose has these features.
Payment & Shipping
Buying water sports equipment online means shipping is an important criteria to consider. We compared our top sites in this category by looking at whether they offered more than just one shipping carrier (UPS and/or FedEx) and other details such as international delivery and shipping discounts. To judge payment options, we included Visa, MasterCard, Check and PayPal on our matrix; the more payment options offered, the higher the rating.
Help & Support
A quality online water sports site should also have excellent customer service and provide several ways in which customers can contact their customer service department. For this portion of our matrix, we looked at Phone, Email, Live Chat, FAQ and whether they provide a product guarantee.
If you have no time for in-store shopping, or if you‘re just on the hunt for the latest ski from O‘Brien, we are confident our online water sports store reviews will provide you with everything you need to know to make an informed decision on the site that will best suit your needs.
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TopTenREVIEWS no longer updates this category and keeps it here for archiving purposes only. It was last updated in January 2011.
|Overton's||Bart's Water Sports||Waterskis.com||Sun & Ski Sports||Miami Nautique International||H2OProShop.com||Water Ski World||Ride Water Sports||O'Brien||HO Sports|
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