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I'm 6'1", 165 pounds, ski 6-12 times a year (here in Utah).  I'm 33 and have been skiing for 25 years.  I will ski almost anything, but I don't look particularly good doing it!  Anyway, I got the green light this year for new skis and boots.  I've demoed a dozen or so skis and have a few left to try.  But, before I demo any more skis (there is no snow ....), I think it makes sense to get new boots now and continue to demo skis when the snow comes.  Any recommendations for someone my size who skis primarily blacks with some blues?  Thanks in advance.

 

By the way, in terms of skis, I really only have room for a quiver of one since I don't ski as much as I'd like too (and therefore can't justify more than one pair right now), so it needs to be able to go anywhere and do most anything, including 30" days when they come around (right now, debating between the Blizzard Bushwacker and the Rossi Experience 88, neither of which is probably particularly great in fresh powder, but which will be much better than what I'm on now).

 

Thanks again.

post #2 of 8

It is a darn good idea to get your boot thing figured out before you start thinking about skis.

 

In regards to boot choices, you are best going to a skilled bootfitter.  That person can assess your feet to match boots for them.

 

Good luck with your search.

 

Dennis

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Thanks Dennis.  I spent a bunch of time demoing skis, and then realized a week or two ago that I was going about a ski/boot purchase backward!

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No problem, Jake.  I was in the same boat as you are.  My boots from 2003 were skied out, so it became time to get new boots.  Now I am in the process of breaking in a new set.

 

Just to add to your query, for a guy your size, a boot with a 100 flex or stiffer may be what you need.  Your bootfitter will help you make that decision.

 

When you demo some skis, give some of the 98 mm skis a chance.  They are a bit more versatile than you may think.

 

Dennis

 

post #5 of 8

You definitely doing the right thing with thinking about the boots first, (not like me).   Best advice is to go to a bootfitter see what they recommend.   You may also want to take a look at the Fischer Vacuum boots if there is a store in your area that carries them.  The shell of the boot is heated up and then molded around your foot to give you the type of fit you would get from having a bootfitter work on your boots to get them dialed in for you.  They can also be remolded 5 or more times to readjust them if you want a more performance fit or find they need tweaking after the initial molding.  In fact, I just got mine remolded today as I wanted a more performance fit and to also have a little more room added to the toe box.

 

 

post #6 of 8

I highly recommend Brent Amsbury in Park City, one of America's 15 best boot fitters according to either Ski or Skiing, can't remember which.  I hear there are other reputable fitters in the SLC area but Brent is the only one I know.  http://bootfitters.com/oldsite/shops/parkcityskiboot.php  

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Thread Starter 

Thanks much guys. How much should I look at spending given my skier profile?  Thanks!

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Originally Posted by JakeTheBuckeye View Post

Thanks much guys. How much should I look at spending given my skier profile?  Thanks!



Quality boots can cost you.  It is easy to spend $500 or more.  Add another $50 for decent off the rack ski insoles or $150 for customs.

 

If your local bootfitter has previous year boots or special buys, you may be able to save some money.

 

The reality is that fit is everything.  Spend the money to get the right fit now rather than spending extra money to try to salvage or replace it later.

 

Dennis

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