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Women w/ wide foot in need of adviceon understanding what i should get....full custom vs. off the shelf vs. in between

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I am 31 years old and I have been skiing all my life, I ski about 15 days a season (wish it were more) and can handle anything on the east coast aside from moguls and narrow trees. Out west I'm not as good in powder as I am on the groomers. My husband is a great skier and he says I can be just as good just need more confidence! Well it's been a 5 years and I need new boots. I'm ready to buy new boots and don't know where to begin. The last boots I had I bought in Stratton mountain from a reputable fitter but, I was much younger and watching my pennies. I figure the next pair I buy I will have for a while. What should I be buying? I'm going to whistler in 2 weeks and want to use this trip to get new boots so I have sometime on the slopes to have adjustments made by my fitter.

1)what are the diff way to buy boots and have them fitted?
I read about a guy who does the shell, the the liner etc.....
I have read about foam (do all custom boots have foam)

2)I am 5 ft 5 inches 130 lbs and I had ankle surgery in 2000 and don't have the same mobility in my right foot as I do on my left and it isn't going to change
3)what isnthe diff between surefoot and going to an expect boot fitter such as fanatky or mccoo's
4) I am willing to spend the money for comfort, additional stability on the mountain for my feet.

Any advice is helpful!
post #2 of 4

alsy2k,

 

You mentioned bio mechanical issues which will need to be addressed (ankle range of motion) You need a good fitter to set your Center of Mass over the ski/boot center.  You need a stiffer boot most likely, you don't need the boot to allow more range of motion than your ankle has.

 

don't make the mistake of buying a larger boot to accommodate the wide forefoot---have the correct size (shell fit) boot stretched to fit if needed.

 

Seek out the best rated fitter at the area you visit---he didn't get a reputation by doing sloppy work.

 

Buy footbeds!

 

 

mike

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Thread Starter 
What is the diff between custom foam injected liners at a place like topshelf Vs. custom boot fitters
Here is the explanation of their work

TS1 is a Factory Custom Ski Boot built by the bootbuilders at TOPSHELF SNOWSPORTS. We call it Factory because our product doesn't arrive in the same manner as most retail stock ski boots. We are directly connected to the factories, their factory products and research and development. We purchase separate ski boot shells from boot manufacturers such as Nordica, Tecnica, Dolomite and Fischer. These shells are then complimented with Nordica or Head World Cup foam injected liners. Only the best liners tested on the world cup circuit are used. The third component that is used in this integrated system is a modified “comformable” custom footbed. After taking all of these products and customizing them to your anatomical needs, we then balance and align the Factory Custom Ski Boot. You now have the world’s best possible connection from you, the skier to the snow! The better you are connected, the more control you have. The more control you have, the better you can negotiate the mountain. The better you can negotiate the mountain the more fun you can have! After all, isn’t that why we do it? So, come on! You won't be disappointed. You have our word.
post #4 of 4

gotta love the internet when it comes to boot fitting!

 

good luck in canada eh?

 

jim

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