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XC Boots, does fitting matter?

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I'm considering taking up cross country skiing this winter and was wondering about boots. I think I can get a pretty good deal on new skis at my local brick and mortar shop, but was considering going online for the boots, but I was wondering if I was better off going with the local shop for boots as well. I get the impression that fit isn't as crucial with Cross Country equipment, but I wanted to see what the boot fitters have to say on the matter. 

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You seem like a nice guy and I grew up in PA skiing at Roundtop so there is a certain bond, but come on.  You are asking a bunch of boot guys if fit is important and if it is OK to ignore the local stores (which is how we make our living) and buy online.

 

I assume you don't buy your work or dress shoes online or probably your other clothes, but my brother owns a great shirt website (hisfavoriteshirt.com) so I better be careful here.  Instead your are asking if the fit of the athletic footwear that you may use for hours at a time gasping along and vainly trying to steer around downhill curves flanked by trees as the speed climbs quickly higher is important.  Let me consider further before I give my definitive answer.

 

Alright I've decided, don't buy online.

 

Lou

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I'm not trying to shaft the local store, I still buy the majority of my ski gear there (and plan on buying my XC skis, bindings, poles, and tuning gear there) and use them as my boot fitter for my Alpine boots. I have contributed several thousand dollars to their business over the past decade. However, their selection of XC boots is very limited and is the only store within a considerable distance. It seems like XC boots are much more like athletic shoes than ski boots and that the fit is much less important, so I just wanted to confirm that. 

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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post

You seem like a nice guy and I grew up in PA skiing at Roundtop so there is a certain bond, but come on.  You are asking a bunch of boot guys if fit is important and if it is OK to ignore the local stores (which is how we make our living) and buy online.

 

I assume you don't buy your work or dress shoes online or probably your other clothes, but my brother owns a great shirt website (hisfavoriteshirt.com) so I better be careful here.  Instead your are asking if the fit of the athletic footwear that you may use for hours at a time gasping along and vainly trying to steer around downhill curves flanked by trees as the speed climbs quickly higher is important.  Let me consider further before I give my definitive answer.

 

Alright I've decided, don't buy online.

 

Lou



 

post #4 of 5

For certain even if they are not a good fit they are unlikely to hurt the way alpine boots can.  That said I have had several customers over the years, especially with skate ski setups that have had some problems for me to fix.  So the difficulty will be more in verifying that what you are about to order will fit and the problems associated with returning if it doesn't.  But since you may not have enough selection locally there may be no choice. 

 

Good luck

 

Lou

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Thanks Lou.
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