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post #121 of 127

Sometime during the years I was spending way too much money trying to "buy" a performance improvement by acquiring new skis, I wish someone had told me that I needed to look after my boots first.  But, the ski shops wouldn't have made as much money from me if someone had explained why I needed boots that actually fit my feet.

post #122 of 127

For example, how to reply to this new member who has been skiing for 20 years in Ontario only and is going out west for the first time?  Don't ask any questions, just give a ski suggestion?  Ask about boots?  Ignore him because he wants a ski that does it all?  Lots of possibilities.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/115778/expanding-horizons-need-new-ski-advice

 

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I dunno. Didn't get that sense. Most of the threads I recall were clearly new or inexperienced skiers asking about skis, when it was clear they hadn't given any thought to boots. Obviously, YMMV. I honestly think this is really more a political philosophy thing: Should we be minimalist, answer exactly what's asked, suffer no fools, and assume the poster is a rugged individualist who will learn from their mistakes/own searches like we did? Or should we guide, cajole, teach, be a big helpful state? Since TGR already has the ignore/berate/under-inform the jong approach down cold, IMO we tend to fill the other, thread drift rules, niche. snowfight.gif

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For example, how to reply to this new member who has been skiing for 20 years in Ontario only and is going out west for the first time?  Don't ask any questions, just give a ski suggestion?  Ask about boots?  Ignore him because he wants a ski that does it all?  Lots of possibilities.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/115778/expanding-horizons-need-new-ski-advice

 

 

Perfect example - How do you know that he needs boots? What in his question leads you to have to bring up boots? Does he ask about boots? He's being skiing 20 years - he probably has a clue about decent fitting boots, no? He wants to know about skis. Why not just answer his question about skis already than have to constantly bring up boots when someone asks about skis? Gawd.

 

What's next? Does he have the right kind of socks? Are his poles the right length? Does he have gaper gap? Will he have the right goggles lenses? Does his helmet fit right? Is his jacket the right color?, Are his gloves the right size? Does he have lip balm? So many things that could go into EVERY ski thread like you have done with boots.

 

Enough with boots in ski question threads already!

post #124 of 127

^^^^ See, you're seriously into libertarian territory here. Keep our noses out of other people's gear, or we'll end in the ski welfare state! eek.gif

post #125 of 127

My apologies to the community for not heading off the hijack sooner.  The perpetrator and all his aliases have been banned and I hope we will see some healing as a result.  I think this thread has run its course.

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My apologies to the community for not heading off the hijack sooner.  The perpetrator and all his aliases have been banned and I hope we will see some healing as a result.  I think this thread has run its course.

 

Thank you.

post #127 of 127

My 2 Cents

 

I had a pair of custom orthotics made for some boots, which cost me a pretty penny years ago.  To me, it was worth it, and I ended up putting the footbeds in 2 subsequent boots.  I used to be pretty serious about the sport and I could feel an improvement while skiing.  Prior to the footbeds, I had a similar boot where I developed inside bone spurs around both ankles.   Granted, I had those  boots on for about 5 months straight.  I have a relatively narrow foot and never had any fitting problems in general.  My point?  The footbeds helped.

 

For someone that just wants to go skiing a few times a year, mess around, and have fun, I don't know if it would be worth their while to see a specialized bootfitter.  Really, skiing has gotten so expensive!  On the other hand,  for serious skiers, I would recommend a good bootfitter.

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