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post #31 of 37
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Originally Posted by 2thedangerzone View Post

i usually go to the store and find exactly what I want, size / model etc. then look online to see if I can find a deal on it. 


I hope your job gets outsourced to someone who can do it cheaper on line. Dick.

post #32 of 37
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I don't know much about bootfitter in general.  I am arriving on the 18th at aproxximately 1PM and will be skiing on the 19th.  Will bootfitters charge me if I buy the boots from them?  It is possible to get a good fit in that a couple of hours?

 

Thanks

 

Rubinio

post #33 of 37

It depends on the boots and you.  Don't scrimp on this part of your kit.  Get the right ones and you can keep them for many years.

 

My wife and I both bought new boots this year.  We both paid full retail from one of the best fitters in the country.  I saw my same boots for $400 less online but did not take the chance.  I didn't even look at my wife's boots online but probably could have found a similar deal.

 

The first thing is that we got expert advise on the best boots for our feet and skiing style/ability.  This is my wife's fourth pair of boots in five years and the fist that fit.  She has gone from a 24.5 to a 23.5 to a 22.5 this year, finally the correct size.  Less skilled fitters tend to error on the "too big" side and you'll swim around in your boots.

 

My boots required some stance adjustment, a little grinding and punching in the toe area but not much else, they were a little painful the first couple days then they packed out to be perfect.  Between the initial fitting and the tweeking, the fitter spent 2-3 hours with me.  I probably could have done slightly better money wise by an online purchase and paying for fitting but I had no way of knowing that.  I love a discount as much as anyone but I feel I got a very fair deal that I enjoy on every turn.  How much is 3 hours of a nationally known expert's time worth in most instances?  I paid the same as 1.5 hours of my lawyer's time and got boots too.

 

My wife has spent many hours getting her boots just exactly right and has been back in the shop for minor tweeks about 4-5 times, usually on the way home from the resort.  I can't imagine this kind of service at a discount.  Top racers can spend 100 hours or more getting boots right.  That is an extreme but you may benefit from spending some real time on getting things right. 

 

It is similar to how a custom made shirt or suit fits vs. an off the rack suit that is adjusted to work for you. 

post #34 of 37

Try calling these guys.  Appointments are usually a good idea/a necessity for this kind of thing.

 

http://bootfitters.com/node/181

 

or

 

http://www.bootech.net/

post #35 of 37
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Originally Posted by rubinio View Post

I don't know much about bootfitter in general.  I am arriving on the 18th at aproxximately 1PM and will be skiing on the 19th.  Will bootfitters charge me if I buy the boots from them?  It is possible to get a good fit in that a couple of hours?

 

Thanks

 

Rubinio

I bought boots this year from Brent Amsbury at Park City Ski Boot (Utah).  I made an appointment, spent 2.5 hours with him and walked out carrying my boots with custom footbeds.  I  used them 2 days later and now have 10 days in them and they are incredible.  No issues yet, but he will continue to work on them for a year if necessary.  For the price of the boots he did the shell modifications (punched the shells in a couple of places and did the cuff alignment since my left boot wasn't flat when standing in a good ski stance).  I paid for the footbeds.  After going this route, I highly recommend going to a fitter.  I'm not bothered at all when I see my boots on the internet for less than what I paid.  I'm not rich so it was a significant investment for me but well worth it.      

post #36 of 37
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Originally Posted by Zach Amero View Post

narrow feet= full tilts

wide feet=salomon spks, ghost's, Dalbello 

Salomon Ghosts (98mm, based off Falcon) are narrower than Full Tilts. Dalbello Kyrpton, Scorpion, Il moro are all 98mm lasts, narrower than Full tilt

post #37 of 37

I went to  Jack Rafferty at Thotics which is at the snowmass mall.  He spent a lot of time with our group and now we are fitted with the proper boots.  I would highly recommend him.  Are prior boots were size too large (but they were very comfortable), my sister in law was in boots 2 sizes to big!

 

I can't get over the control I have with the new boots.  Yes they are expensive, but in the long run well worth it.

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