Originally Posted by mtcyclist
Having wasted literally hundreds of dollars on boots that didn't fit because I wasn't educated and neither were the people who worked in the places where I bought them I am probably overly sensitive to boots fitting properly. If they fit the OP's feet that's fine but it doesn't require $1,300-1,500 to get boots that fit properly, even with custom foot insoles. And I'm not a fan of buying skis on eBay. I want to demo a ski before I commit money to it.
No, it doesn't need to cost that much. But there are other issues in a purchasing decision besides money. The first is comfort, and this includes comfort going to and from the parking lot. It is hard to put a price tag on comfort. The second is innovation. Some people love innovative products and will gladly pay up to have them. For some, the extra cost of having something new, unusual, or cool not a big issue. The third is performance. I opt to use HEAD Raptors with my technical skis because they perform well and fit me almost perfectly out of the box, with only minor work needed from a good bootfitter. For the powder days and those easier skiing days I use Daleboots. I bought them because they were highly innovative at the time (in some ways they still are). I sure as heck don't need a custom boot, but opted to try it anyway. Both boots fit and perform as expected. When I get older and more sore, and my skiing noticeably deteriorates, I may consider something similar to the Apex for the light weight and ease of walking. At that point the performance that comes from a traditional boot won't matter, and neither will the extra cost of a light weight boot.
I figure Apex will find their market. It could be popular with those "big box" stores and not just custom bootfitters. Custom ski shops often times have the owner or a dependable long-time employee work as an expert bootfitter. Unlike custom ski shops, the big box stores have always had trouble retaining (or never had) good bootfitters. Big box stores have a good deal of employee turnover. Therefore, these stores desire idiot proof products because new employees constantly screw things up. This innovative boot helps to meet their needs.
Edited by quant2325 - 3/26/11 at 9:22pm