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I've decided to make the investment in some properly fitted ski boots.  I'm expecting to buy a custom footbed and then whatever boot ends up working.  Since I'm not a rich guy, I need to budget and save my pennies.  Should I expect to pay MSRP or MAP for boots?  

 

I did some searches and saw a couple of threads where people say no one pays MSRP for ski equipment, but I'm not sure if they were talking about going to REI or Sports Authority as opposed to someone who specializes in bootfitting.    

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I've decided to make the investment in some properly fitted ski boots.  I'm expecting to buy a custom footbed and then whatever boot ends up working.  Since I'm not a rich guy, I need to budget and save my pennies.  Should I expect to pay MSRP or MAP for boots?  

 

I did some searches and saw a couple of threads where people say no one pays MSRP for ski equipment, but I'm not sure if they were talking about going to REI or Sports Authority as opposed to someone who specializes in bootfitting.    

There are a few shops that do charge MSRP for gear inc. boots but there are also many that still charge MAP, either way you need to find a shop that YOU are comfortable with and trust. I will say most high end boot shops do not discount the boots as steep as some mass merchant shops at the end of the season. It is just not possible to go 40-50% off and still do 2-3 hours worth of work that a boot can need. 

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Thanks for the reply.  Since I'll be getting expert help, I expect to pay full price but wasn't sure if "full price" was MSRP or MAP for most places. I'm looking at Boot Doctors and a couple of places in Park City.  For instance, I noticed Cole Sport in Park City lists their full prices for boots at MAP where MSRP can be $100-$200 more.  With footbeds and a good boot at MSRP you can be approaching $1000 which may be hard to sell to my better half.    

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Once you add custom footbeds and (possibly) canting, you will be finishing around MSRP anyway. 

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