Originally Posted by salilsurendran
So I guess what you are suggesting is that I don't buy boots online since if I buy from a local retailer then they will have the boot custom fitted for me?
That's for sure. Buying boots online is a mistake, except in rare exceptions where you are pretty experienced, know precisely what you need (model, make), and are sure that the boots are going to be perfect right out of the box. Not likely for someone buying his first pair of boots. Not likely for many - I'd never buy boots online.
These are the boots that I tried at my local retailer. Can I try multiple skis on a demo day? I went to Kirkwood and their rental center didn't have demo skis.
Why wouldn't you support that local retailer? You realize that your local ski shop is in business to sell things to you and provide value added services like bootfiting, adjustments, mounting bindings properly, and giving professional advice (that is typically more spot-on than what you receive from strangers on an Internet forum). They are not there to be the internet's showroom so you can save $30 buying boots online.
But don't buy local only because it is the "right" thing to do after you have wasted their time trying on boots. Buy local, and be willing to pay a slight premium over the world's lowest online price because of the value-added services. Especially with boots. You need someone to properly fit you. You need someone to check alignment. You need someone to make quality footbeds (do it, spend the extra $150 even as a beginner). You need someone to make adjustments (a punch here, a bit of foam there). Your local specialty shop is your friend - and will probably come close to any price you find online when you consider everything - and to the extent there is a slight premium, it is worth when it comes to boots.
Skis, whatever. Buy online if you want, but then you are paying an extra $50 minimum to get them mounted locally. So it is unlikely that after shipping and mounting you really found a deal (because the ski industry has pretty strict pricing requirements of its dealers - the internet guys don't get any real pricing benefit, prices basically drop in unison for online and brick and mortar). Now if you are talking about a ski that your local shop doesn't have and you know that it is going to be right for you (not sure how you'd determine that at this point, however) go for it - but that isn't going to be a deal, you'll be paying a premium for the privilege, unless you've found an odd end from a prior season where there is a screamin' deal (but I'll bet that your local has something comparable that would work equally well - and at this stage you don't need to be picky about ski models).
Someone who has only skied 8-10 times needs to find a good specialty shop, either local or at the mountain where you do most of your skiing, lean on their boot fitting expertise (agree with the advice above that it is crazy to talk about models of boots without the context of fit) and take their advice on an appropriate ski to get you through the first 2 seasons (the cold, hard truth is that the ski won't matter much - anything in the appropriate performance band will be fine).
But since you've asked, as for your ski choices above, eliminate the Kendo for sure. Way too stiff for a beginner. At only 8-10 days, green/blue groomer skier, that ski will make you worse, not better. Be honest about your ability level and let the shop shop choose the ski. Save some $ here. I can almost guarantee that the ski they recommend won't show up in any glowing magazine reviews, nor will it impress or thrill the crowd here on Epic. That is the point. You are just a beginner and no one here talks much about the kind of skis you'd benefit from and appreciate.
Good luck and have fun. And find a good local shop where you can spend your $1000 wisely - and get good advice. Right now there are deals everywhere, so the timing is good on the ski side (possibly less so on the boot side when stock is more limited).