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Dodge boots and Billy Kaplan's boot fitting

post #1 of 11
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Paid Billy Kaplan a visit today to check out the Dodge boots. Thought I'd post my impressions of both the boots and his work here.

 

The Dodge boots didn't work for my feet, as I kind of expected. I have very narrow and very low instep, low volume feet, and there was just too much volume for me, especially in the forefoot but also in the ankle, even when I went down to a size I couldn't really ski b/c of toe crunch. Oh well, I really like the idea of a carbon boot that's not just way lighter than a plastic plug but also rigid, stable and consistent in flex regardless of weather conditions.

 

While not the right last for me, the Dodge boots are definitely cool. They are indeed super light -- I had both my Lange plugs and my Dynafit Titan AT boots with me, and the Dodges were lighter than even the Dynafits. The shells are VERY thin. I didn't actually find them that hard to get into, perhaps because I have so little instep, and they were much easier to get out of than my plugs b/c the heel channel helps a lot. They are definitely stiff, but you can flex them. I'm only 165# and usually ski a 140 flex Lange RL12 plug; the Dodge's were stiffer than that but not by a million miles. Anyway, hopefully Dodge will have success and begin to build a narrower last for guys like me. I will definitely try 'em if they do.

 

As for Billy, great guy who really knows what he's doing. Even though we ruled out the Dodge boots fast, he spent A LOT of time with me analyzing stance, alignment etc and with both the other pairs of boots I had with me. He has all the cool tools and he is very exacting and patient; he wants to get things as right as possible given you aren't on the hill for on-slope analysis. We determined I should have some additional canting done to my boots. I've worked with a few fitters and pedorthics guys over the years, and Billy struck me as the most knowledgeable and the most thorough I've met. Would highly recommned him to anyone in the mid-atlantic area.

 

--Josh

 

 

post #2 of 11

Start Haus has/had the Dodge Boots last year.  Its an incredible concept for performance skiing.  

 

post #3 of 11

I, too, had a fitting session with Billy this winter and agree with the OP's review of Bill. Anyone near the Philly area, who wants a great assessment of boot fit, should consider giving him a call. He got all the tools to analyze and modify any boot.

 

FWIW, I tried to get in a Dodge one shell size smaller than what I use......way too tight and I have a narrow foot.

 

 

post #4 of 11

I've read earlier about Billy Kaplan and have been looking for where he is located out of, could anyone point me in the right direction? I have really wide feet and bought a pair of boots (Tecnica Phoenix 12 Air Shells) the wrong way from a boot seller, which thankfully I haven't used yet and I'm thinking I want to return them and be properly fitted. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

post #5 of 11

I saw them last year, and man they are light! def an interesting concept but at $1,500, there's no way I'll ever buy them. It just isn't worth it, I can get 3 new pairs of race skis for that much! eek.gif

post #6 of 11

Disregard my previous post... A little searching on this site and I found it rolleyes.gif

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Trueblue View Post

I've read earlier about Billy Kaplan and have been looking for where he is located out of, could anyone point me in the right direction? I have really wide feet and bought a pair of boots (Tecnica Phoenix 12 Air Shells) the wrong way from a boot seller, which thankfully I haven't used yet and I'm thinking I want to return them and be properly fitted. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Trueblue

 

Welcome to Epic. Dose your posting name refer to being a Blue Mtn. skier, or, maybe a Democrat.

 

While Billy does sell some boots, you could take your new boots during your fitting and get him to evaluate them. Discuss it with him when you call as an appointment is needed. 

post #8 of 11

Thanks for the welcome LP!

 

The posting name comes from my career as a police officer. I was actually able to make contact with Billy today via email and phone and I set up an appointment to go see him with my new boots on Monday. I'm psyched not to have sore feet!
 

post #9 of 11

I just saw this thread. I bought the dodge from Billy last year. An awesome boot. Definitely a game changer. The responsiveness is like nothing I've ever experienced. I couldn't ski a plastic boot again. Worth every penny. I was there yesterday for a little tweeking and Its always great to work with Billy. FYI, I drive almost 2.5 hours each way. Dodge boots aside, Billy is hands down the best bootfitter I've ever worked with.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by johnnysdg View Post

I just saw this thread. I bought the dodge from Billy last year. An awesome boot. Definitely a game changer. The responsiveness is like nothing I've ever experienced. I couldn't ski a plastic boot again. Worth every penny. I was there yesterday for a little tweeking and Its always great to work with Billy. FYI, I drive almost 2.5 hours each way. Dodge boots aside, Billy is hands down the best bootfitter I've ever worked with.

I must have missed you. I was at Billy's yesterday too.  My drive is under an hour, but hopefully this will be the last trip for the season, Just needed a bit more room in the new boots.

post #11 of 11

Billy's the man!  Awesome guy

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