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Should the front of my calves feel pressure/uncomfortable in ski boots?

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Hey!

I'd say I'm an intermediate skier, I've been skiing for about 20 years. I'm finally going to purchase my first skis, I'm thinking from REI since they have a sale and an amazing return policy. I was trying out ski boots, and found one or two that felt alright--no serious pressure points. I did notice that I felt pressure on the front of my calves that was not comfortable. Is this normal for ski boots? Anything I can do about it? I don't want to buy boots and find them uncomfortable to ski in. Any suggestions about flex ratings, etc? How do I know if a boo fits me well?

 

Finally, if  I take boots bought at REI to custom boot fitters at Mt. Hood Meadows, could they help me out with the calf pressure?

 

All of my skis and boots thus far in my life have come from rental shops.

 

Thanks! Matt

post #2 of 8

you should feel pressure on your shins, but it should be even pressure,  right from the top of the boot, down to the flex point.  not all in one spot, and not painful

 

why dont you just go buy boots from the guys at hood meadows?   usually boot fitting is all included with a new boot purchace, plus they start you with the right boot, so less work is needed, and you get a better fit anyways.

 

like buying a suit from walmart, and then taking it to a suit store to have it fixed.  just get the right thing first, and you will save some money and time...

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Thanks for your reply.  In regards to why I wouldn't buy boots from Mt. Hood directly, there are a couple of reasons:

1) REI has a lifetime full return policy--so I don't have to worry if they don't fit etc.

2) I'm pretty sure that at Mt. Hood Meadows, their ski shop/store and their boot fitting are two different operations--you buy boots at one and they can then custom fit them for you.  You buy the boots, and then seperately you can pay to get them fitted(but you might get a slight discount if you have boots they sold.  Make sense?

 

Here's their website:

http://www.skihood.com/Community-and-News/Meadows-Blog/Posts/2010/10/Fit-HappensT

 

Thanks,

Matt

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Thanks for your reply.  In regards to why I wouldn't buy boots from Mt. Hood directly, there are a couple of reasons:

1) REI has a lifetime full return policy--so I don't have to worry if they don't fit etc.

2) I'm pretty sure that at Mt. Hood Meadows, their ski shop/store and their boot fitting are two different operations--you buy boots at one and they can then custom fit them for you.  You buy the boots, and then seperately you can pay to get them fitted(but you might get a slight discount if you have boots they sold.  Make sense?

 

Here's their website:

http://www.skihood.com/Community-and-News/Meadows-Blog/Posts/2010/10/Fit-HappensT

 

Thanks,

Matt



You have answered your own question. Heck, why would you even consider buying from anyone else?

 

In fact........why would you even ask anyone else?

 

The expert bootfitters @ c REI should be able to handle everything for you.........ask them.

 

SJ

post #5 of 8

if you want a lifetime guarantee then go buy at REi, if you want a boot that fits go to a boot fitter

 

your choice, but a lifetime returns policy is not going to get you the right boot, only an option of changing the wrong thing...bit of a gamble but they may get it right

 

boot fitters don't go in for selling product which is not right for you, it is a two way process you give feedback and the boot fitter makes adjustments to the boot, if it all proves wrong then most offer the same kind of guarantee...... one thing no fitter can do anything about is your fitness and flexibility... get stretching, get flexible and get fitted!

post #6 of 8

There is an excellent fitter in the Mr. Hood area and there is no chance whatever there is anyone comparable at REI.  The best way to spend additional money on a boot fit is to buy the boots from REI take them to Mt. Hood and have him tell you they are the wrong size or volume.  Drive back to REI and repeat again and again.

 

Lou

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for  your help, all.  I ended up going to this shop:

http://www.mountainshop.net/blog/?page_id=295

 

They custom fit boots and really look at your feet and how they fit in the boot.  They come with a fit guarentee, meaning they will work on the boots as much as you need them to after you purchase them.

 

I bought the Full Tilt Classic Ski Boot, available here:

http://www.backcountry.com/full-tilt-classic-ski-boot-mens

 

I was very happy with their service.

post #8 of 8

Good job.  I hope you enjoy your new boots.

 

Lou

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