New to the forum, thanks for having me. A little bit of background and what brings me to "Ask the Boot Guys" here:
Or, in short:
After 10 years of not skiing, I'm looking to get back into it.
Back when I did ski, I always rented my equipment. And, while I really enjoyed it, I always had one major complaint: my feet would always be absolutely killing me, sometimes after even a couple of runs here on the east coast in NC--and the runs here aren't exactly long, lol.
So, I went to a ski shop today in hopes of getting some bootfitting done.
I will say that yes, I did point out that I was indeed looking to get a good deal from a last year model, etc. to the owner.
He asked what size shoe I normally wore, and if I had to get a wide, etc. in a running shoe.
Beyond that, he went to the back, and brought out a couple of boxes.
I tried on a pair of Dalbello Aerro 57s in what I THINK to remember to be a 29.5, but I could be wrong on the size. I wear a size 11 shoe with a relatively wide foot.
While they felt better than any rental boot I had ever put on, something still just didn't feel right. They pointed out that they would "break in" and custom fit to my feet after skiing on them a couple of times.
I said I had never heard of Dalbello, and he said they were the best selling ski boot in the world. I won't even go there--didn't ask why, didn't care at that point...
I'm going to go up to Boone when I get a chance and try to find a good shop where I can find a bootfitter. I'm just curious how to know when you've found someone who knows what they're doing.
Budget wise, I'd rather invest in a nice pair of custom fitted boots this season...and even rent my skis/bindings/poles if I have to. And tell me if I'm crazy for thinking this way.
Thanks in advance for the help,