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Is a 5$ boot upgrade worth it for renting?

post #1 of 22
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  I havent rented skis and boots since a trip to Aspen in 2006, all my gear stays up in Ct for when i go to visit and ski in Vermont, im not shipping or travelling with my gear in 10 days to park city and its been awhile since i had to rent gear im looking at renting the performance pkg for 32 a day right from the resort, is the 5 dollar boot upgrade worth it? I know i know boots first then skis i dont remember having that option last time so are the standard boots just junk now? 

post #2 of 22

we aren't mindreaders so we don't know what the shop is offering for their base option or for their upgrade, or if this is still junk and only the good stuff are at the demo level, nor do we know how specialized your foot/boot requirements are.  Maybe you are good with junk boots?

 

If I were renting, I'd rent the top of the line item;  Realize how much you are spending for your trip per day of skiing, then $5/day isn't really that much of a difference; considering the potential downside that you ruin one of your days on the slopes all over $5.

 

You can also just try something for the first day, if it works for you great.  If not, adjust for the next days, but like I said above, you've just lost 1day of skiing and potentially can strained or injure your feet.

post #3 of 22

I cant say for sure what the $5 gets you at the shop you were talking to...but based on experience in Whistler..the $5 gets you heat molded liners...so, yes, its worth it.

post #4 of 22

You own boots that fit? Bring them.

post #5 of 22

Only if they fit better! 

post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Bazzer View Post

You own boots that fit? Bring them.

This, plus take your boots with you on the plane as carry on luggage. Even the $5 up grade is a used boot and can not offer the comfort, performance and overall enjoyment that a good fitting boot that you own will deliver.

post #7 of 22

If I had to rent boots, I'd go with the basic rental just because the basic boot has a thicker softer liner.  As bad as rental boots are, they're more comfortable than unfitted performance boots.  My own boots have been bumped out in 3 spots and the liners cut twice.  The first 3 days in them were torture, and I never wore them more than a few hours.  I can't imagine spending a whole day in a high performance off the shelf boot without all that work.  My feet are pretty bony and damaged, so YMMV.

It's just not that hard to carry your own shoes on the plane.

 

BK

post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

 

 

If I were renting, I'd rent the top of the line item;  Realize how much you are spending for your trip per day of skiing, then $5/day isn't really that much of a difference; considering the potential downside that you ruin one of your days on the slopes all over $5.

  I agree when you put it like that seeing that its only 15$ for 3 days  and i know your not mindreaders i just literally have no idea what kinds of stuff rental shops are renting these days when it comes to equipment

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

This, plus take your boots with you on the plane as carry on luggage. Even the $5 up grade is a used boot and can not offer the comfort, performance and overall enjoyment that a good fitting boot that you own will deliver.


 I do own boots but they are also up in CT with my ski equipment it would just be too much of a process to get them here and then bring them etc in my mind

post #10 of 22
I suppose you will have to ask when you get there. If you have the time ask to try both boots, and or just ask trust the advice of the rental tech. You may want to spend some time before leaving the ahop
post #11 of 22

I concur that if the extra charge includes extra fitting work then YES.  Otherwise, no.

post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

This, plus take your boots with you on the plane as carry on luggage. Even the $5 up grade is a used boot and can not offer the comfort, performance and overall enjoyment that a good fitting boot that you own will deliver.

Better yet take them on as a personal item and stash them under the seat.

post #13 of 22

some guesses:   remember what you paid for them :)

 

 the upgrade is stiffer

 the upgrade has less ski days on it

post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Bazzer View Post

You own boots that fit? Bring them.

+1 what he said.  Renting boots is a russian roulette at best, at the worst its a recipe for pain and ruined ski vacation.  And, yes, bring them in your carry-on luggage.    If you don't own boots that fit, consider buying it there form a reputable bootfitter and getting them tuned wheile you are there.  

post #15 of 22
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 I do own boots but they are also up in CT with my ski equipment it would just be too much of a process to get them here and then bring them etc in my mind

Your mind is wrong... unless sits a totally crappy boot, your feet will thank you if you go through the process... 

post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Your mind is wrong... unless sits a totally crappy boot, your feet will thank you if you go through the process... 


honestly ive had them for 9yrs the shell on one of them has been stretched, heated up with fire etc and always give me a big blister for whateve reason so im not gonna miss them too much

post #17 of 22
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honestly ive had them for 9yrs the shell on one of them has been stretched, heated up with fire etc and always give me a big blister for whateve reason so im not gonna miss them too much

You will after a day in a rental boot... wink.gif   Maybe time for a new pair of boots. I think one of the bootfitters here is based in Aspen... 

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

You will after a day in a rental boot... wink.gif   Maybe time for a new pair of boots. I think one of the bootfitters here is based in Aspen... 


yes i agree i think i am going to but new boots after this season im just not sure id feel comfortable trusting a person fitting ski boots in florida im sure there are some reputable places i just havent heard of any yet

post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

You will after a day in a rental boot... wink.gif   Maybe time for a new pair of boots. I think one of the bootfitters here is based in Aspen... 


I think the hard part for him is that he's (I presume) in Florida and his ski gear is in CT. And he is unlikely to pass through CT on his way to Aspen.

 

But I like the new boots line of thought... wink.gif

post #20 of 22

If you're considering new boots anyway, what do you think about making an appt. with this place in Park City for your first day there?

 

http://parkcityskiboot.com/

 

I dropped in just to look at the place a few days ago and there were other tourists there getting fitted.  The place was busy, and they sure as heck looked like they knew their stuff. If they hadn't been furiously working on customers' boots I might have bought a pair for myself (I didn't have an appointment so I didn't want to interrupt).

post #21 of 22

You're skiing at Park City.  Call and make an appointment to see Brent Amsbury early the first day you're there.  Brent is one of the best fitters in the country.  You need new boots and don't want to buy them in Florda so buy them in Park City.

 

Edit:  Toecutter beat me to it and nailed it, Park City Ski Boot is Brent.

post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

You're skiing at Park City.  Call and make an appointment to see Brent Amsbury early the first day you're there.  Brent is one of the best fitters in the country.  You need new boots and don't want to buy them in Florda so buy them in Park City.

 

Edit:  Toecutter beat me to it and nailed it, Park City Ski Boot is Brent.


i will look into it thx for the tip

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