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15 Best Bootfitters in the U.S.

post #1 of 20
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Ski Magazine did a run-down of the 15 Best Bootfitters in the U.S. - obviously some folks on this forum were included.

 

http://www.skinet.com/ski/galleries/15-best-bootfitters

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Congratulations to Bud, Jim, and Jim. beercheer.gif

post #3 of 20

I use Brent Amsbury in Park City. 

post #4 of 20

I'll add Jim Mates at Custom Boot Service in Seattle.

post #5 of 20

That's a pretty good list.

post #6 of 20

congrats to all.  Unfortunately the closest one is a 6 hour drive.  I am currently in a boot that is too large and has inserts in it which does help but think I will be looking for a pro next time.  Just wondering for advanced but recreational skier, what really makes boots different from each other (I understand flex and different manufacturers feel, but is there anything else?)

post #7 of 20

Greg Hoffmann - isn't that the guy with the red bikini briefs?

post #8 of 20

I also like Jeff Bergeron of Breck and "Dr." Dave Patterson of Beaver Creek.

post #9 of 20

Most all of these fitters are authorities here on Epicski in "Ask a Bootfitter" forum. 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Most all of these fitters are authorities here on Epicski in "Ask a Bootfitter" forum. 



I only recognized Bud, Jim, and Jim; who else from the list frequents that forum?

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Originally Posted by mtebor View Post

congrats to all.  Unfortunately the closest one is a 6 hour drive.  I am currently in a boot that is too large and has inserts in it which does help but think I will be looking for a pro next time.  Just wondering for advanced but recreational skier, what really makes boots different from each other (I understand flex and different manufacturers feel, but is there anything else?)


The fit.

 

Some boots are wide, some narrow, some have a wide forefoot but narrow heel, some wide heel and high instep, some low instep, some big calf, some small calf.

 

Alignment.

 

Some have low ramp angles, some have lots, some have lots of forward lean, some have less, some are canted, some arent.

 

 

The general chances of finding the ideal boot is low, the real skill is these guys find one that is close, then modify it to be perfect.  They cut, grind, rivet, pull apart, combine, etc.
 

 

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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post

Congratulations to Bud, Jim, and Jim. beercheer.gif



 



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Originally Posted by Canyons View Post

I use Brent Amsbury in Park City. 


 

He's also a member here

http://www.epicski.com/user/pcsb



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Originally Posted by epic View Post

That's a pretty good list.


I was looking over the list and am not surprised to see a good share of them, including Benny, are Bears!

http://www.epicski.com/wiki/boot-fitters-on-epicski

 

beercheer.gif

 

post #13 of 20

Vermont is certainly well represented. Must be something in their water.

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Glad to see Lee Kinney make the list.  He's a one man shop and mostly escapes the radar.  To see such a low profile guy listed here is a real testament to his talents.  He's done right by me, and by the several people that I've recommended to him.

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beercheer.gif

post #16 of 20

+1 for Jim Mates, WA

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Originally Posted by Skidude72 View Post




The fit.

 

Some boots are wide, some narrow, some have a wide forefoot but narrow heel, some wide heel and high instep, some low instep, some big calf, some small calf.

 

Alignment.

 

Some have low ramp angles, some have lots, some have lots of forward lean, some have less, some are canted, some arent.

 

 

The general chances of finding the ideal boot is low, the real skill is these guys find one that is close, then modify it to be perfect.  They cut, grind, rivet, pull apart, combine, etc.
 

 



wow, I had no idea that much went into it.  I guess that is why boots can run about 1k

post #18 of 20

A list from 2011 only for those in the U.S., mostly Rockies and VT, plus someone in OR.  Quite a few of the 15 answer questions posted in Ask the Bootfitters on EpicSki.

 

Also a related thread here

 

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wow, I had no idea that much went into it.  I guess that is why boots can run about 1k

 

A good boot fitter takes into account your budget as well as your ability.  If someone shops at the right time and is willing to buy a boot from a previous model year, can get a great fitting boot for way less than $1000.  Especially if not an expert skier or someone with difficult-to-fit feet.

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I also like Jeff Bergeron of Breck 

Jeff seemed very knowledgeable when he fitted me for foot beds and I have been happy with the boots he recommended.

post #20 of 20

I suspect Bud's job is more demanding than that pic makes it look.
 

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