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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I've read a few threads on here about Tahoe bootfitters but they were quite old.  I'm a tennis player and a skier and got achilles tendonitis on my left foot a few months ago.  So, I've been using SuperFeet inserts in my shoes and it's time to get the ski boots fitted.  I'm not sure why I didn't know this before but nevertheless...

 

I've read about the options on the web and talked to some locals at Squaw (where I do all my skiing) and they say Buck at Olympic Bootworks does the best custom boot fitting for the money.  I also have heard good reviews of Jim over at Starthaus and that he's been custom fitting boots for years.  I consider myself an expert skier but not one that hits the fingers at Squaw.  I can ski the rest of Squaw though.  I'm curious to know what other folks have done for their boot fitting and what has worked out?  The options I've researched:

 

SuperFeet cork:  Sales guy at Helm of Sun Valley was really pushing this but not much in the way of folks on the web recommending it

 

Surefoot:  I already have boots that are quite comfortable so not sure this is the option I'm looking for - I really just need a custom boot fitting with footbeds

 

Olympic Bootworks or Starthaus:  What are the differences in their approaches (i.e. Buck vs Jim)?

 

Thanks for any and all insight!

post #2 of 14

i have moved this to the general gear discussion forum so you can get answers form the community rather than just the boot panel

post #3 of 14

Starthaus indeed.

post #4 of 14

Buck is using a different concept for custom footbeds than Granite Chief for example.

 

Starthaus top fitters are awesome, of course.

 

Granite Chief has people come from all over the country to work with a crew headed up by Gunnar. My source and awesome as well.

 

There are now different concepts, like I said. Some footbeds match your foot in a relaxed standing position. Some are changing the foot position into a more dynamic position, for example.  Three choices, IMO, that can't miss. 

post #5 of 14
I have the Olympic Bootworks custom insole and like it a lot. Buck's insole focuses more on a deep heel pocket while keeping the fore foot flexible. The shop is right across from Squaw so if you need mid-day tweaks its doable.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by lovethesteeps View Post

I have the Olympic Bootworks custom insole and like it a lot. Buck's insole focuses more on a deep heel pocket while keeping the fore foot flexible. The shop is right across from Squaw so if you need mid-day tweaks its doable.


did you have a different system before Buck's? How would you describe the performance? Is it dramatically different? enough to change from one custom footbed to another?

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies guys.  I really appreciate the feedback.

post #8 of 14

I would recommend Buck, Jim, Gunnar, or Cosmo in the Truckee area.  Personally I would avoid the franchises with cookie cutter approaches.  Any of these guys will do you right!

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

I'm leaning towards Buck right now because:

 

1.  My wife is very happy with her custom fitted boots she got from Buck.

 

2.  They are across from Squaw where I have my season pass

 

3.  Reputation.

 

4.  It's a fun shop when you're in there - beers on the house while you wait and ski films going nonstop.  It doesn't feel like a ski shop per se but more a gathering of ski heads.

post #10 of 14

By the way, I think Bud is being modest.  From what I hear, he should be included in the Tahoe list, even if he's not in the Truckee/Squaw area.

post #11 of 14

I highly recommend Cosmo in Truckee, especially if you need boot stretching. He has been fitting boots for 30 years and does an excellent job. Plus he has about $30k worth of hydraulic stretching equipment that he knows how to use. http://cosmosfootwerks.com/

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by janky View Post

I'm leaning towards Buck right now because:

1.  My wife is very happy with her custom fitted boots she got from Buck.

2.  They are across from Squaw where I have my season pass

3.  Reputation.

4.  It's a fun shop when you're in there - beers on the house while you wait and ski films going nonstop.  It doesn't feel like a ski shop per se but more a gathering of ski heads.

Yes, it's a great shop and the guys are great. I had custom cork insoles before that killed my feet--Bucks insoles are great and they did a great job with my intuition liners also.
post #13 of 14

I've used Cosmo and Olympic and had great results with both. Haven't had a chance to use Starthaus. I just went to cosmo for new liners (he made my footbeds 6 years ago) and he was out of Intuitions.  He gave me a pullouts from another set of boots and heel lifts to try but it didn't work out so I brought them back. He refused to take a dime for the heel lifts and the hour he spent with me.  Great guy.  Do make an appointment--he's pretty booked midseason--it's a one man shop. Do check prices--different shops charge much differently for the same services--I'm not qualified to say if the price difference is justified by the quality of the service. 

post #14 of 14

To follow up--got new footbeds and intuitions from Andy at Olympic--excellent results.  Can't say how much was the footbeds and how much the intuitions but the fit is great, the comfort is great, and the performance fantastic.  I was getting a lot of chatter on firm steep stuff--no more. I have superskinny heels and the heel hold is excellent.

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