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boot fitters in whistler: anyone dealt with 'topshelf' boots..or can recommend someone else great in fitting/allignment analysis?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

http://top-shelf.ca/ 

 

anyone deal with these guys in whister and their fitting...or has their TS1 boot?...or can recommend anyone else who's a master fitter in whistler? I currently wear the Dalbello Cross but might even consider custom boots IF they're worth it...I like a snug/performance fit, I've found (though I'm only an intermediate).

 

my original ski shop that fitted my Dalbello Cross in north vancouver recommended Topshelf as they don't offer the performance foam liners that Topshelf sells... 

 

Topshelf seems to also  specialize in alot of allignment analysis which I something I'm looking into more and more...I have leg leg diff and might need a shim as never does my 'longer' leg feel as flat on ground or carves as well as 'shorter' left leg

 

I  am also considering their custom foam inserts as my dalbello cross boots never fit well enough (have had them out 70x now) esp given one foot is slightly smaller than other...sure you can tighten buckles here and there but one part is 'ok' and the other part of foot/ankle is perhaps too loose or too tight. (anyone relate?)

post #2 of 26

A friend of mine used Shane mcConkey's brother, George to custom fit some boots. He has a shop in the village. Can't remember the name, but i'm sure if you ask around, someone will know. My friend swears by the boots. Says they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

post #3 of 26

Kevin at Fanaytico helped me out a couple of year ago and I was impressed.


 

post #4 of 26

^^^ Think you mean Fanatyk Co in the village? Good shop. 

post #5 of 26

Brian Campbell of Top Shelf has been fitting boots for a long time and recently returned to Whistler from a long stint in Fernie. His partner still runs the store there. He has done a little bit of work on my boots in years past.

 

Other fitters are at;

Can Ski - various locations. A number of employees left Snow Covers after the sale to Skiis&Bikes. Pete DeVries is in charge of training there now and all the locations have excellent fitters with Kaiser fittting tools. I use Ryan McRae for all my work when I am too lazy or busy to do it myself.

 

Skiis&Bikes - still has excellent fitting. See Erin Keeme.

 

McCoo's - George McConkey still does fitting by appointment only.

 

 

 

 

post #6 of 26

I highly recommend Brian at Topshelf.  I've had 3 pairs of custom-fit boots/liners in the past, and nobody took as much time & care. You'll need to start from scratch, since I don't believe he 'retrofits' boots...but it's well worth it.  I also have alignment problems (supination & leg length discrepancy) and felt a huge difference in my new boots.  Be prepared to spend a few hours initially, then several trips back to tweak.  Good luck!

post #7 of 26
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Skiis&Bikes - still has excellent fitting. See Erin Keeme.

 


I wondered about them when I went by a couple of weeks ago.  However, they misspell both skis and bikes by calling the place "Skiis and Biikes."  I guess that's supposed to be cool or something.

post #8 of 26

Kevin at Fanatyk Co. There are two Kevins; the one I recommend has a japanese last name--I can't remember what though--sorry! Exceptional bootfitter, great customer orientation, and no attitude. I'll only take my boots to him--nobody in Vancouver is even comparable. 

post #9 of 26

This is so stupid. I highly doubt you have been to every bootfitter in Whistler, and thus have no basis to make that claim. I for one have had a bad experience there, but I have extremely problematic feet. I've also heard that 99% of people who go there have a great experience, and would probably still recommend the shop along with George McConkey and a few others. My boots ended up getting fixed by a "non-epicski-condoned" fitter after seeing 2 fitters with nothing but rave reviews on this board. 

 

I guess what im trying to say is, take people up on their recommendations, but dont write off everyone who isn't a seasoned poster in the bootfitters forum. Some people are just really quiet and reserved. I learnt this the hard way.

post #10 of 26

I have not had any bootfitting done there, but I would recommend Fanatyk just based on the whole vibe of the store. Friendly, knowledgeable staff with no "attitude".

post #11 of 26
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This is so stupid. I highly doubt you have been to every bootfitter in Whistler, and thus have no basis to make that claim. I for one have had a bad experience there, but I have extremely problematic feet. I've also heard that 99% of people who go there have a great experience, and would probably still recommend the shop along with George McConkey and a few others. My boots ended up getting fixed by a "non-epicski-condoned" fitter after seeing 2 fitters with nothing but rave reviews on this board. 


Calm yourself - I said nobody in Vancouver is comparable. If you'd like to go into detail on which tech in Vancouver is comparable, I'm all ears.

 

I'm sure there are other bootfitters in Whistler who are competent--I go to Kevin for bootfitting, and wouldn't go to anyone else, as there's no reason to once you've found a bootfitter who can work with your foot. 

post #12 of 26

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Originally Posted by canali View Post

my original ski shop that fitted my Dalbello Cross in north vancouver recommended Topshelf as they don't offer the performance foam liners that Topshelf sells... 

 


Did you not get the ID version with the Intuition liners?

 

post #13 of 26

Sorry about my misread and mild attack. My mistake.

post #14 of 26

Hi There,

I'm glad I read your question as i have recently gone through the Top Shelf fitting/foaming process.

I have on put 4 days on them and i could not be happier with the whole experience. Brian did a initial foot accessment. From the decidied which boots would be the best shell for my foot shape. Before i arrived for my foaming he did some adjustments on the boot.

We started with the foot bed and then the foaming. After 1 day of curing i recieved my new boots. From there we did a alignment which indicated i was out 3 degrees. Shims were added to my boot and i am now skiing on a flat ski. Wow, I could not be happier. They are like slippers, with a performance feel. I have never had my heel and foot so locked into a boot with this much comfort.

The whole process was a complete and total professional experience and i would highly recommend them.

Cheers,

Ska-t-dog

post #15 of 26

Another vote for Top Shelf. Donny Dion at Top Shelf Fernie put together boots for my wife last winter. She has very narrow feet and never found a stock boot to fit. Even 93 mm Lange WC boots were to loose. She went through the process with Donny and now has the only boots that ever truly fit her. Expensive but worth it if you are a serious skier with any kind of unusual fitting issues.

post #16 of 26
Thread Starter 

hey there...yes I did: got the intuition liners...they seem the solution

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Did you not get the ID version with the Intuition liners?

 

post #17 of 26

Fanaty co's the place. Don't get caught up on your Kevin though. Both Asian and non-Asian Kevin's do great work, but my latest pair were worked on by Andrew and Len, and no complaints of any kind. Nice and laid back shop who don't push anything on you, but know their stuff inside and out.

 

Watch and see what ski-porn star(s) may be working on equipment in the shop area too.

post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

Fanaty co's the place. Don't get caught up on your Kevin though. Both Asian and non-Asian Kevin's do great work, but my latest pair were worked on by Andrew and Len, and no complaints of any kind. Nice and laid back shop who don't push anything on you, but know their stuff inside and out.

 

Watch and see what ski-porn star(s) may be working on equipment in the shop area too.

icon14.gif fully with you on Fanatyk Co. I had my boots initially setup by Len, and then had Kevin Kobayashi (Asian Kevin I guess, one of the owners) do some adjustments several times after and am still happy with them 100 ski days later. Went down 2 shell sizes and actually have boots that fit and are comfortable. Cost was reasonable as well, sticker price on the boot (bought in the fall), 50% off on the footbeds and the rest of the fitting was free, plus free adjustments on two pairs of bindings.

 

There seem to be lots of fitters doing quality work in Whistler, I have a friend who swears by Surefoot. Also, had a great experience for the wife at Destination in North Van, she still raves about how much she likes her boots every time she is out now (both in terms of fit/control and comfort).

 

What does a full setup by Top Shelf run?

post #19 of 26
Going in 20 days and have wide feet need new boots and want best help for unique issues as a lady. Surefoot or fanatky?
post #20 of 26
Both my wife and I had our old boots modified and purchased new ones through Fanatyk. Great experience as the staff (all names mentioned above) will spend the time to ensure your old (and/or new) boots are correctly fitted for your foot (ankle/calf).
post #21 of 26
What is the diff between custom foam injected liners at a place like topshelf Vs. custom boot fitters Like fanatky or George at mccoos
Here is the explanation of their work

TS1 is a Factory Custom Ski Boot built by the bootbuilders at TOPSHELF SNOWSPORTS. We call it Factory because our product doesn't arrive in the same manner as most retail stock ski boots. We are directly connected to the factories, their factory products and research and development. We purchase separate ski boot shells from boot manufacturers such as Nordica, Tecnica, Dolomite and Fischer. These shells are then complimented with Nordica or Head World Cup foam injected liners. Only the best liners tested on the world cup circuit are used. The third component that is used in this integrated system is a modified “comformable” custom footbed. After taking all of these products and customizing them to your anatomical needs, we then balance and align the Factory Custom Ski Boot. You now have the world’s best possible connection from you, the skier to the snow! The better you are connected, the more control you have. The more control you have, the better you can negotiate the mountain. The better you can negotiate the mountain the more fun you can have! After all, isn’t that why we do it? So, come on! You won't be disappointed. You have our word.
post #22 of 26

Purchased boots from TopShelf two seasons back.

Have had boots from Fanatyk Co and from George too in the past.

These boots from Top Shelf are by far the best. By far.

Brian stands by his guarantees and is a great guy.

I can't say enough good things about the service and quality.

 

Only thing is, I've been trying to reach him for a couple of weeks but can't get through on his phone. Anyone know how to reach him?

post #23 of 26

Top Shelf is certainly the best. He might be at Kananaskis early season to do boot fitting for the teams training there. I suggest you try to contact Donny at the Fernie store.

post #24 of 26

Arrrgghhh.

Just called TopShelf in Fernie & they said Brian had closed the shop in Whistler.

 

Arrrrggghh again.

Hugely bad news for me because I have to start all over with my boots but bad news for others too because he was doing a truly superior job IMHO.

 

If anyone knows anything please advise!!

post #25 of 26
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Arrrgghhh.

Just called TopShelf in Fernie & they said Brian had closed the shop in Whistler.

 

Arrrrggghh again.

Hugely bad news for me because I have to start all over with my boots but bad news for others too because he was doing a truly superior job IMHO.

 

If anyone knows anything please advise!!

Barry Allison has moved back to Whistler and has set up shop inside Whistler Village Sports.

 

http://skiconnexions.ca/

post #26 of 26

We are still rocking out the TS1 (TopShelf Custom Boots) at our boot bunker on the mountain here in Fernie.  Now called All in Skier Services.  www.skiallin.ca

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