I'm a fairly novice skier (greens parallel are fine and dandy, blues still look steep and icy) and am going to Hunter on Wednesday to ski for the first time in two years. I never had any of my own equipment although I plan to buy after I get a bit better, maybe by the end of the season after I ski another week or two. My current reservation is my lack of skill and the fact that most on this forum seem to recommend at least an intermediate boot since you'll grow out of them too quickly if they are just beginner boots and a well-fit boot from a good bootfitter can last a decade or so (I'm basing this on 7-10 days a year). I'm hoping to be more comfortable on blues before venturing into boots that will be good for my skill level then and let me grow into them.
BUT I have a friend who has ski boots in my size - I've tried them on and they are comfortable and snug. We borrow each other's shoes, etc so we have about the same size foot. I know it's not custom, but is it better than rental boots (standard sport rentals)? I think they are fairly novice/intermediate boots because I can flex them and she's had them only two years with less than 2 weeks in them. Is this just a bad idea? I've heard that any boot is better than a rental boot... but I think the caveat is that they are your own. Is this an okay way to test boots to figure out what boot feels alright before you buy -- kind of like demoing boots as opposed to skis? Are boots demo-able?