Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD
I actually purchased this exact "package" at a fund raiser in Aspen last weekend. He had the value listed as $250, but I have no idea what this will include?
If you purchased stance alignment, bootfitting, and custom orthotics, you got the whole nine yards (minus skiing with the bootfitter to see if the in-store work does what it is supposed to do for your skiing).
1. You'll get custom footbeds to replace the stock ones inside your boot liners. That's great. It will keep the bottoms of your feet from wobbling left-right inside the boots, and will support your arches. Those footbeds will travel with you to all your future boots, unless you heat them up and deform them by accident. Keep hot bootdriers out of your boots.
2. You'll find out if the current boots you have are too big or not. Get ready - they may be too big; do-it-yourseof-boot purchasers often buy boots too large, because they are seeking a fit that feels like a regular shoe.
3. Your bootfitter will adjust the boot cuffs to line up with your shins. You can do that at home, but he can do it better.
4. If your boots are too big, he'll add foam to the liner to fill in empty spots between it and the plastic shell (a retro-fit issue until you buy new boots that are not too big). He will also tell you to buy new boots. This is not a come-on; you may need them. If your boots are snug instead of too big and have tight spots (that's good!), he'll either grind the plastic out or heat and "punch" it out to make more room for the bulges in your feet. This is how people end up with very good fits - they buy boots that are snug and tight, then get the bootfitter to create more room where it's needed. If your boots are tight enough to need this, you have the right size. If your boots fit well as they are because you got the right size AND your foot matches the manufacturer's mold, he won't need to do either of these.
5. Alignment has to do with how your knee lines up with the boot. He'll check your stance by dropping a plumb line from your knee down to your boot. If it doesn't drop to the right spot on your boot, he MAY do some work under your boot to correct this. This is a very technical adjustment and if you are not an advanced or expert skier he may back off doing it, but some bootfitters do it no matter what because it helps your skiing so much.
6. What's left is the ramp angle (how tilted forward is the sole of your foot inside the boot?), plus the forward lean and forward flex of the boot of the boot's cuff. These things affect how far forward your boot places your shin. How you ski determines if the forward set-up of the boots either helps you stay out of the back seat or puts you IN the back seat. You'll tell your bootfitter about your skiing, and if you describe it well enough he'll maybe adjust these things, maybe not. Concerned skiers build a relationship with their bootfitters so that they work together to mess with these things. You may not know what you need, so he may not either. In this case, he'll do nothing with these things.
7. You should be able to return for more tweaks to the boots without paying anything; this is customary after going through this process. Be sure to ask, just for clarification. Go back as often as you need to for the first year. However, if the boots are really too large and you didn't buy them from him, many visits to deal with too-big boots would not be appropriate since he is not responsible for that annoying problem.
Enjoy your new relationship with the fitter and your boots. I'm not a bootfitter, but I went through many boots and bootfitters seeking a performance fit before I found the right boots and bootfitter. As actual bootfitters chime in, they may have other things to say.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 12/16/11 at 8:07am