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Looking for a reputable boot-fitting shop in the Tristate area (NY, NJ,CT)

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Hey Guys,

 

So for the first time I decided to buy skis (volklac30)/boots/poles instead of renting them as I usually did. Since I usually research before I make any decisions on anything I buy, I realized that if I want to have great time skiing, I need to be boot-fitted.

 

The 1st place that came to my mind is REI in soho NYC which opened up not so long ago. I called them up, asked them if they have a boot fitter, they claimed to have one and to REI I went. Long story short the boot fitter wasn't even a bootfitter, but a sales guy telling me the higher the price the more comfortable the boots are. I laughed in his face, tried  a lot of boots and left. Pricing and selection is very decent, knwledge on the things they sell - not so much.

 

Next stop will be Paragon, and browsing this forum I also heard good things about Heinos in NJ, are they still around? I'll drive anywhere within the Tri-state area just to find a good variety of skis, decent prices and most importantly a knowledgeable boot fitter.

 

I am goinf to Hunter next week and want to make sure that all of my ski gear is dialed in. Any recommendations are much appreciated!!!

 

Ivan

 

 

post #2 of 25

Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  Then check the "Who's Who" for a fitter near you.  But, don't expect the boot fitters to also sell skis.

post #3 of 25

From the Epic Ski index. Jeff and Greg Hoffman (from VT and Vail) have taught many of the top bootfitters in the country through MasterFit University. I know he posts here but I forget his user name.

 

NEW YORK
Bootfitter's Name: Jeff Rich
Store Name: US Orthotic Center
Store Address: 515 Madison Ave, NYC
Phone Number: 212-832-1648
Additional Comments:
MtSnowman: Surprised I didn't see this name on the list already... Jeff is one of the founders of Masterfit U., the inventor of the InstaPrint footbed, and the technical director for SKI magazine's boot testing team. He is also a certified Pedorthist (one who specializes in orthotics.) Aside from that, he's a nice guy. I guess you can qualify him as a "bootfitting master..." His services are pricey, but I guess that goes with the expertise.

 

 

post #4 of 25

Heinos is still there.

post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 

I've heard about Jeff Rich, but he is a bit pricey.

 

How is the boot selection and pricing at Heinos? I wanted to see their stock of boots online, but don't have any?!

post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by bkscooby View Post

I've heard about Jeff Rich, but he is a bit pricey.

 

How is the boot selection and pricing at Heinos? I wanted to see their stock of boots online, but don't have any?!


 

They have a full line of boots in stock. If they don't have what you want  they can order it.  Their prices are competitive with other ski shops in the area, probably lower then you would pay in NYC.

post #7 of 25

If you're going to be in Hunter, go and see Keith at The Pro Ski and Ride.  I had some boots fitted there a couple of years ago after getting lots of recommendations here and other places, and had an excellent experience.  I have feet that have given me a lot of problems in the boots I'd owned up until I saw Keith, and now I don't even have to think about them - great fit, no pain and perform well. 

 

The service was excellent there as well.  I made an appointment, and probably spent 3 hours there trying boots, having adjustments made and getting foot beds made.  I never felt rushed, and Keith and his employees seemed like they genuinely wanted to get me into the best setup they possibly could.

post #8 of 25
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If you're going to be in Hunter, go and see Keith at The Pro Ski and Ride. 

+1

I've had happy feet since I met Keith.

 

BK
 

 

post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 

I just wanted to make sure that I have boots sorted out before I head over to Hunter. And aren't the boots more expensive by the Mountain rather in some ski shop that has no slopes near by? I got an amazing deal on skis for my GF - $430 for brand new Blizzard Viva 7.6 Magnum at billysbackyard.com Those guys are in CT, and they are claiming they have professional boot fitters, they make custom custom insoles and have 30+ different kinds of boots on the shelf. Wondering if it is worth the drive (1.5hrs) or should I just stick with the Heinos or cosider other options?!

post #10 of 25
I was also going to cast my vote for Keith at The Pro. He took care of me a few years ago and I haven't thought twice about my feet since. You may want to call first.
post #11 of 25

Gotta give my +1 to Heino's - got my first boots from them last year.

post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by bkscooby View Post

I just wanted to make sure that I have boots sorted out before I head over to Hunter. And aren't the boots more expensive by the Mountain rather in some ski shop that has no slopes near by? I got an amazing deal on skis for my GF - $430 for brand new Blizzard Viva 7.6 Magnum at billysbackyard.com Those guys are in CT, and they are claiming they have professional boot fitters, they make custom custom insoles and have 30+ different kinds of boots on the shelf. Wondering if it is worth the drive (1.5hrs) or should I just stick with the Heinos or cosider other options?!


I think you'll find for the most part good boot fitters, who include bootfitting services as part of the price of the boots, are going to be pretty much the same cost for a given pair of boots.  It's possible that you could find a cheaper pair of boots at Billy's Back Yard than at Heino's or The Pro Ski and Ride, but I bet for a given pair of boots, they're all pretty much the same price.
 

 

post #13 of 25

I have been going to Heino's since the mid 1970s when the shop was in Garfield. The shop moved to Pompton Plains in about 1975. It is a great place for bootfitting and they are also involved in the race community.

 

It would be worth the drive.

post #14 of 25

If you are coming to Ct you should consider the guys at Suburban. http://suburbanskiandbike.com/store/

After dealing with quite a few of the shops here in Ct I've found a place that I'm actually willing to give my money to.

 

Mike

post #15 of 25

heinos worked well for me.....several trips to hit the right adjustment but they were all in to make it work for me

post #16 of 25

Billy Kaplan hands down.  Doesn't sell boots only fits.  He's cantman here

post #17 of 25

I live in nyc, Heinos is worth the drive.  Call ahead ask for Greg, excellent bootfitter (masterfit U), very patient!!!

post #18 of 25

I had a good boot fitting experience at Hickory and Tweed in Armonk NY but that was 10 years ago.

post #19 of 25

Hickory and Tweed - yes though haven't been in years either.

Paragon - half a step above your Rei experience. ie, don't bother for boots.

surefoot? in nyc is hit or miss, usually the later. They can be good in ski towns. If you're close though go check it out you never know. They might have outrageous sale and you can go to other surefoots for more work.

Btw, Jeff Rich does not sell boots, only fits and makes footbeds.

 

Have people been to Panda Sport in Brooklyn or Emilio's in Queens?

post #20 of 25

Bumping this thread to see if anyone has any recent experience with boot fitters in the tri-state area.  So far, I have seen four that I am deciding between when I get the chance:

 

Jeff Rich / US Orthotic Center, NYC (though I understand he doesn't sell boots, just fits and makes orthotics).  http://www.usorthoticcenter.com/

Heinos, Pequannock, NJ.  http://www.heinosskiandcycle.com/bootfitting

Keith Holmquist, The Pro Ski & Ride, Hunter.  http://www.theproskiandride.com/boots.php

Windham Mountain Boot Lab/Marc Stewart.  http://www.windhammountain.com/mountain-sports-shop/boot-lab/

 

Any first-hand info or other recommendations would be greatly appreciated. 

 

If it would be better to start a new thread, also please let me know. 

 

Thanks!

post #21 of 25
I am actually in a process of fitting right now. I am doing it at Heino's.
Very impressed with Greg Pierre's skills. Pricing and service are excellent.
I would highly recommend getting boot fitted there. I will be going next Saturday again to pick up my boots.
post #22 of 25
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Billy Kaplan hands down.  Doesn't sell boots only fits.  He's cantman here

post #23 of 25

Finn, where is Billy Kaplan located?  And how does that work when buying new boots if he doesn't sell them? 

post #24 of 25

billy is about 2 hours from you I am guessing. He's outside Philly off of 95 but its an easy shot down the NJ turnpike and over to 95 off of 295. He's about 10 minutes or so off of "Street Road"

 

here's his number

 

 

speak to him about his process but, decide on a couple of pairs and buy from a shop (some good people here) and then make sure you tell them what you are doing.. Then return the boots that don't work. I did this without any issue.  

 

 

215.760.8226

post #25 of 25

Thanks.  That's probably too far for me, but I'll consider. 

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