I decided to purchase a new pair of ski boots on a recent trip to Vt. Prior to my purchase of new boots, I was on a pair of Nordica Speedmachine 12's, which I loved. I visited several shops and tried on several pairs of boots. I decided on the Nordica Speed Machine 130 boots which several shops recommended for my foot shape.
I had been skiing my old boots for approx. 8 years out of the box, without any customization or special fitting. They were very comfortable and performed very well for me.
I asked the shop about possible getting custom footbeds for my new boots, but they did not recommend them. They said I should ski the boots for awhile and come back for a custom fitting. Does this sound correct? I'm from PA and probable won't be heading up to VT any more this year.
I skied 2 days in VT with my new boots and they felt pretty comfortable other than the normal discomfort of breaking in new ski boots. I was thinking of calling a local shop that has a good reputation for boot fitting, but was seeking your advice before I gave them the call.
My question to you guys. Should I continue to ski the boots out of the box or should I go for a custom footbed/custom fitting? Will this make a big difference in the performance of the boot?