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Boot fitting questions

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Hello all.  I'm hoping someone can give me a bit of info related to boot fitting.  I'm planning to buy new gear this fall starting with the boots.

 

First, can anyone recommend a good bootfitter in MA?  I'm west of Boston but willing to drive anywhere in MA, southern NH or southern VT if necessary.

 

Putting the cost of the boots themselves aside, what can I expect to pay for fitting services?  I'm not asking for a detailed breakdown; just an idea for base service with a couple extras like custom liners, etc.  I'd like to know if a pair of $500 boots off the shelf will cost $800 with boot fitting services.

 

Finally, I've been out of the sport for 10 years so I'm not in tune with product releases yet.  Is it correct to assume that the new gear will start hitting stores around October?

post #2 of 8

Hi.

 

You are looking at $150 for footbeds, perhaps $40-80 for shell work (punching/grinds, etc), and 200-400 for a custom liner (the custom liner isn't essential to a good fit whereas the footbed is a must).  These are high estimates, but good to be realistic about it.

 

I have no idea if shops "add-in" some of these things at a discounted price.

 

You can do a search online at "America's Best Bootfitters" and see what local shops have certified people.

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Thanks.  Looks like I'll plan for an additional $225-250.

 

I've searched that site and only Ski Stop comes up for MA.  There's a shop close to me that says they do boot fitting but I guess if they're not listed with ABB I should take that claim with a grain of salt.  Anyone here have experience with Ski Stop?

post #4 of 8

My local shop includes the punching and grinding at no extra charge. YMMV.

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Thanks.  Looks like I'll plan for an additional $225-250.

 

I've searched that site and only Ski Stop comes up for MA.  There's a shop close to me that says they do boot fitting but I guess if they're not listed with ABB I should take that claim with a grain of salt.  Anyone here have experience with Ski Stop?


"ABB" is a sort of voluntary certification program, I believe.  While those listed are likely very good bootfitters, the great, great majority of bootfitters have not chosen to obtain this certification, for whatever reason (time and cost vs value?).  Many of the very best bootfitters are not part of ABB, so do not necessarily limit yourself to that small listing.  The best way to select a good bootfitter in your area is to read the back threads in EpicSki and solicit opinions here.

 

Other good chiices in our area are Strand's in Worcester (Leif), and Summit in Framingham (Ted).

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"ABB" is a sort of voluntary certification program, I believe.  While those listed are likely very good bootfitters, the great, great majority of bootfitters have not chosen to obtain this certification, for whatever reason (time and cost vs value?).  Many of the very best bootfitters are not part of ABB, so do not necessarily limit yourself to that small listing.  The best way to select a good bootfitter in your area is to read the back threads in EpicSki and solicit opinions here.

 

Other good chiices in our area are Strand's in Worcester (Leif), and Summit in Framingham (Ted).



Summit is the shop I was referring to as close to me.  Given what you said about certification maybe Summit is a good choice after all.  I'll see if I can dig up some old threads on Summit.  Thanks.

 

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Ski Stop in Westwood consistently receives favorable comments and recommendations on a few ski related forums

post #8 of 8
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So, after posting that I was going to buy boots first I found a new pair of last year's Fischer Progressor 9+ at a great price so I grabbed them.  I demo'd the ski last season and fell in love with them.

 

Anyway, before posting a new thread I thought I'd ask my dumb question here.  Is it best to go to a shop that sells Fischer skis to have the bindings mounted or will any shop do?  I'm thinking of having Ski Stop or Summit mount the bindings when I get the boots but I don't know if they carry Fischer skis or if it matters.

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