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Need advice on buying my first pair of boots

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'm an advanced/intermediate skier and am looking to buy my first pair of boots online where it's cheaper but also I won't have a chance to try them on.  I have rented boots for the past 15 years (everything from high end ski resorts to chains like Sports Authority) and never had issues with the boots (though that maybe because they were already broken in).  With my history of renting random boots with no issues with my feet, is it safe to buy a pair without trying them on first, or do you recommend getting a fitting no matter how good previous boots have felt?

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 9

Yes.  Get fit by someone who knows what they're doing.  Chances are the rental boots you've had over the years were too big and that's why they were comfortable.
 

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or do you recommend getting a fitting no matter how good previous boots have felt?

 



 

post #3 of 9

If you're set on buying your boots online, just order the ones that come in the color you like. That will improve the chances of them fitting about as well as anything else will.

 

Seriously though, if you've read anything at all on this forum or others about boots, you'll know that buying online if you haven't tried on those boots is a recipe for disaster.

 

Go read a bunch of the threads here about boots. Then go to a decent bootfitter (or at a minimum - a good local shop), try on boots and determine which ones fit you best. Buy them. Order off the left side of the menu - the price doesn't matter for boots if they don't fit you well.

post #4 of 9
Go to a fitter. I'm on my 3rd pair of boots because I didn't until 2 years ago A good fitted pair of boots will last you a long time.
post #5 of 9

Yeah, I'm new to skiing but that perfect fitting boot is probably THE most important thing. Snug without being uncomfortable. It's your fixed connection from your legs / feet to your skis. Do you want them to hurt your feet? Do you want them to wobble around loosely on your foot?

post #6 of 9

On a side note if you find a pair of boots that fit perfectly at a shop, but then you find the same make, model and size on the internet for $150 less, is it fair to assume that the ones you find on the internet will fit you just as perfectly? Or are there even variables between the same exact boot make, model and size?

post #7 of 9

You've heard it several times now, but go find a decent bootfitter. If price is an issue, mention it to him or her, and see if you can get lucky and find something from last year's stock. Boot fit is extremely important, especially since you'll be keeping these boots for (hopefully) a long time.

 

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post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for your replies.  I'm all about cutting corners when it comes to shopping for gear, but if a good fit is guaranteed through a proper fitting and there really is no other option, then I have no qualms about paying a bit extra to enjoy the slopes this year.

post #9 of 9

Think about it this way.  Would you rather spend some extra money getting properly fitted boots which will help your skiing improve or buy some unknown boots on the internet and then try to figure out what to do with them when they turn out to be too wide and too long and they actually hold back your performance?

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